This study, which was published by members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), examines if it is possible to use commercial solar thermal evacuated tubes as a power source for a thermodynamic engine. Through their different simulations and experiments, they find that it is in fact possible.
These installation requirements and guidelines from the city of San Rafael, CA lay out how new residential dwellings in the city must be designed as solar ready for solar thermal water heating systems. The city decided to issue this regulation to increase the ease of solar thermal water heating installations, as the cost of installing the necessary components beforehand is much less than retrofitting a unit.
Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA has adopted a Climate Action Plan with a goal of creating a completely climate neutral campus by 2050. This report written by students at the school lays out their plan to install a solar thermal water heating system for the campus pool to help them meet their climate target.
This research paper from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute investigates the impact of solar thermal water heaters on residential electrical distribution circuits. The researcher found that the use of residential solar hot water significantly impacts residential electrical loads by increasing energy savings and reducing demand during peak production.
In this study by Luis Bernardo of Lund University’s Energy and Building Design Division, the TRNSYS simulation models of a retrofitting solar thermal system were validated against measurements, in order to validate the consequent system cost reductions. Using the validated model, a system optimization was carried out to control strategies for auxiliary heating, heat losses and volume of auxiliary storage. According to this study, system cost reductions and development of standardised plug-and-function systems are some of the most important goals for solar heating technology development.
This presentation was held during the Lebanon Sustainability Week (2011), in Beirut. Several topics have been discussed namely: the SWH Experience of the Italian Cooperation in Lebanon; the SWH market in Lebanon as well as which marketing strategy must be developed for ”Intelligent Energy Use”.
This paper from the University of Hawaii discusses the use of solar thermal heat exchangers to pasteurize water used to wash fruit and vegetables in agricultural operations. The innovation was created for rural areas in Hawaii where a usable energy supply was not readily available or too expensive.
This presentation was given at SHC 2013 by Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, President of the European Technology Platform on Renewable heating and cooling (RHC), at SHC 2013. Its topic covered the future of solar thermal energy in buildings, and introduced the commitment of the RHC technology platform to accelerate the technological development of solar thermal technology within Europe.