Technologies and Perspectives of Solar Cooling Systems (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 17, 2015

This presentation, given by Dr. Uli Jakob of Solem Consulting, at the AHK (German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce) conference in Sydney in March 2014, gives an update on the technologies and perspectives of solar cooling systems.  It covers the different technologies used, such as sorption chillers, integrated hydraulic units and standardized solar cooling kits.  It also provides a short overview of solar collector technologies for solar cooling.

Experiences, Challenges and Barriers on Solar Thermal Energy in Ghana (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on April 17, 2015

This document was presented at the ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Capacity Building and Demonstration Programme conference held on 13 and 14 June 2014 in Praia, Cape Verde. The document, presented by Atsu Divine of the Koforidua Polytechnic of Ghana, explains why Ghana needs solar thermal technology for its development.

Solar Water Heater’s Market Evaluation: Case Study of Lebanon (2015)

Submitted by Amr Hai on April 16, 2015

The purpose of this study report (case-study) is to analyze the impact of the “Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative on the development of the solar water heaters market in Lebanon.

Russia: Moscow Utility’s Costumer Service Centres Get Vacuum Tube Collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 15, 2015
VolokolamskMoscow United Electric Grid Company, MOESK, an electric utility operating from Moscow, Russia, is planning to install solar combi systems on selected office buildings in Moscow and the adjacent region. The photo shows the first pilot project from October 2014, during which two vacuum tube collector units were installed on the roof of the customer service centre in Volokolamsk, a town in the Moscow region. Five additional solar hot water and space heating systems are planned for this year. The installations are supported by the governments of Moscow and the Moscow region, which have been simplifying permits and procedures for solar thermal system installations.
Photo: MOESK
 

Thermal Desalination Driven by an Innovative Salinity Gradient Solar Pond Located in the Coastal Waters of Open Seas (2015)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on April 10, 2015

This presentation, prepared by Dr. Ir. Ing. Dick G. Klaren of Klaren International, proposes the use of a salinity gradient solar pond (SGSP) in coastal waters as renewable energy source for thermal desalination. The document was presented at the CWC Technical Seminars featured at the Saudi Water & Power Forum (SWPF), held between 12 and 14 January in Riyadh, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Seizing the Sunshine: Barbados’ Thriving Solar Water Heater Industry (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 3, 2015

This policy brief, published by Climate & Development Knowledge Network, provides an overview of the solar water heater (SWH) market in Barbados.

Solar District Heating Guidelines: Collection of Factsheets WP3 – D3.1 & D 3.2 (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 3, 2015

This document, issued by the platform Solar District Heating (SDH) and supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Union, gathers a series of factsheet aiming at helping those who plan to build a solar district plant.

Denmark: Abundant Biomass, Little Solar in Industry Incentive Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 2, 2015
Danish incentive programme RE for Production Processes has been extended by another year until 2021. In 2014, in its first full year, the scheme supported 196 renewable projects, of which only one included solar heat. Since the programme began in August 2013, it has funded all together ten solar energy projects, which each year produce around 13.4 MWh combined. Among them are nine PV projects and only one solar thermal installation. More information about the solar process heat project could not be obtained, as it has not been finished yet. The statistics were provided by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), the programme’s administrator. 
 

Solar thermal polygeneration system for cooling, fresh water and domestic hot water supply: Experimental analysis (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on April 1, 2015

In this paper, presented at the World Renewable Energy Congress of London of 3-8 August 2014, a solar-thermal poly-generation system for chilled water for air conditioning using absorption chiller, pure water with membrane distiller and domestic hot water by heat recovery is presented. 

Germany: Polymer Collector Design for EUR 25 Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 31, 2015
Polymer CollectorsDuring project ExKoll, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Fraunhofer ISE, have developed a new low-cost design for solar thermal collectors. The entire production of an 80 cm x 160 cm collector made of polypropylene (PP, drawing on the right) with an operating temperature resistance of up to 100 °C would amount to a mere EUR 25. A design which includes an absorber made of polyphenylene sulfide (PPS, left drawing) and which can resist operation temperatures of up to 250 °C would have production costs of around EUR 45 per panel. The following text was based on a presentation held at a workshop of Task 39, Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications, in Israel in April 2014. ExKoll ended in December 2014, Task 39 of the IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme did so in October 2014. A new task, which will have the focus on cost reduction potential in collector production and will be led by Michael Köhl from Fraunhofer ISE, is scheduled for the second half of 2015. 
Figure: ISE Freiburg
 

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