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Solar Air-Conditioning System Using Single-Double Effect Combined Absorption Chiller (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 30, 2014

This presentation on solar air-conditioning system was given by Kawasaki’s Hajime Yabase, together with Kiyoshi Saito of the Waseda University and Muhammad Idrus Alhamid of the University of Indonesia, at the ATMOsphere conference which took place in Tokyo from 3 to 5 February 2014.  The speakers outlined the numerous advantages of using double-effect absorption chillers in solar air-conditioning system.

SHAAMS report: WP 4: The Regional State of the Art in Crete Region (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 25, 2014

This report, published by SHAAMS, the Strategic Hubs for the Analysis and Acceleration of the Mediterranean Solar Sector, provides a general picture of the solar energy sector in Crete and makes a SWOT analyses.  It shares information on the regional solar policies and strategies already in place, on R&D projects and awareness campaigns.  With regards to solar thermal energy, the report says it is mainly used for hot water production in household buildings and in hotels.  There are very few applications in industry and agriculture.  New technologies, like solar thermal cooling and space

Solar Thermal Cooling: Technology, Cost and Case Study (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 16, 2014

IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, together with the Government of the Republic of Cyprus organized an event on renewable energy applications for island tourism.  During this 2-day conference, Panagiotis Tsekouras, Mechanical Engineer at CRES, the Greek Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Savings, reported on solar thermal cooling in the tourism industry.  It shows that the use of solar thermal energy for cooling system helps saving money, reducing the electricity use by 87% and is a big step towards green tourism.

Solar Heat Worldwide: Markets and Contribution to the Energy Supply 2012 (2014 Edition)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 10, 2014

The report was prepared by Franz Mauthner and Werner Weiss of AEE INTEC in the framework of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) of the International Energy Agency (IEA).  This report gives a detailed overview of the solar thermal market evolution by the end of 2012 in 58 countries, representing 95 % of the overall market worldwide.

Germany: SunOyster’s New Approach to Combine PV and Solar Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 1, 2014
SunOysterSunOyster Systems (SOS) based in Halstenbek, a town near Hamburg, Germany, has developed a new technology for the combined generation of solar heat and electricity (PVT). The first six SunOyster units are currently on their way to the Chinese town of Shuouzhou, 400 km west of Beijing. Yonghao Gangue Power Plant bought the system to feed electricity into its grid, as well as to supply heat to its district heating network. The network provides both space heating for an industrial area in winter and heat for a 10 kW adsorption chiller in summer. The photo shows company founder Carsten Corino next to the SunOyster demonstration unit at the company site in Halstenbek. The mirror on the left has been placed higher than the one on the right to minimise shading. 
Photo: Eva Augsten

REN 21: Solar Thermal Contributes Significantly to Hot Water Production

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 30, 2014
top ten 2012According to REN21’s Renewables 2014 Global Status Report, which was published at the UN-hosted Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York at the beginning of June, solar thermal technologies contribute significantly to hot water production in many countries and increasingly to space heating and cooling, as well as industrial processes. REN21 is a global multi-stakeholder network for renewable energy policy, connecting key actors from governments, international organisations, industry associations, science and academia, as well as civil society. First released in 2005, the report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy markets, industries, investments and policy developments worldwide. The renewable energy data is provided by an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers and authors. According to report data, the world added 55.4 GWth (more than 79 million m2) of solar heat capacity in 2012, increasing the cumulative installed capacity of all collector types in operation by over 14 % for a year-end total of 283.4 GWth. The chart above shows the shares in global capacity in operation across 2012’s top ten countries.
Source: Renewables 2014 Global Status Report

Experimental Analysis on Performance of Solar Cooling System in UAE conditions (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on June 4, 2014

This presentation on the experimental analysis on the performance of a solar cooling system in United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) conditions was given by CSEM UAE Innovation Center at the second Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC) that took place on 28 January 2014.

India: First Stakeholder Workshop for Solar Thermal Roadmap

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 17, 2014
Greentech RoadmapWhereas India shows enormous demand for thermal energy in the industry and for cooking, solar thermal has so far only covered 0.2 % of the total heating and cooling need. Therefore it is urgent to scale up the use of decentralised solar thermal technologies. Supported by the Shakti Foundation, consultancy Greentech Knowledge Solutions (GKSPL), located in New Delhi, will prepare a roadmap for scaling up deployment of decentralised solar thermal technologies in India. With plans to publish the roadmap by October 2014, GKSPL organised the first stakeholder workshop in Pune at the end of April, gathering around 40 experts mainly from the solar thermal manufacturing business.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

Technologies and Perspectives of Solar Cooling Systems (2014)

Submitted by Chris Heron on May 14, 2014

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.

International Energy Agency : Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on May 8, 2014

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.