This study on the value of solar heating and cooling, commissioned by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, analyses how solar thermal energy can help the state in reaching the climate and energy goals of reducing greenhouse gases emissions by 80% by 2050 and relying on renewable energy to produce 25% of electricity by 2025. In order to achieve these goals a series of measures have to be put in place, such as addressing market barriers, increasing investment in solar thermal technologies by creating or expanding incentives and innovative financial options, reducing soft costs or raising a
During the annual Research Review of the Australian PV Institutes (APVI), held in November 2013, Ken Guthrie, Deputy Chair of the IEA SHC Executive Committee, gave a presentation on the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the IEA.
This report, from the IEA SHC Task 41 Solar Energy and Architecture, provides a series of criteria and guidelines for product and system developers in order to design solar thermal systems which integrate into the overall architecture of buildings.
The document focuses on general architectural integration issues and gives recommendations on system development. It analyses 3 solar thermal technologies (glazed flat plate, unglazed flat plates and evacuated tubes collectors) and explain which options to consider to integrate them in the building architecture.