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Overview of the Solar Energy Industry and Supply Chain (2011)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on August 13, 2013

This report, which was published by the BlueGreen Alliance, provides an overview of the solar energy industry and its supply chain. The sections on solar thermal focus on currently installed capacity, opportunities for growth and manufacturing trends.


Case Study: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island (2012)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on August 12, 2013

This case study from Vanir Energy describes a solar thermal water heating and air cooling installation at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, Beaufort, South Carolina. According to the report, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest single energy consumer in the U.S. and accounts for most of the government’s energy usage.


Integrating Large Scale, Innovative Solar Thermal Systems into the Built Environment (2013)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on August 8, 2013

This presentation comes from a learning session presented by Oakland University. It looks at and discusses the economics of solar thermal, what solar thermal systems can provide to the built environment, and how solar thermal systems are made and designed.


Small-Scale Solar Heating and Cooling Systems (2010)

Submitted by Chris Heron on August 6, 2013

This report is elaborated in the framework of the EU Solarcombi+ project, which aims to achieve a better market for small scale solar cooling systems in combination with traditional solar thermal systems. The report outlines system solutions for combined air conditioning, domestic hot water preparation and space heating. It also gives recommendations for the good design and a better efficiency for the solar thermal combi+ systems.


Comparative Study on Solar Cooling in Buildings (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 31, 2013

This presentation by Fraunhofer ISE compares standard solar thermal-driven cooling systems with a conventional cooling reference case and PV-integrated cooling. The presentation displays findings of the respective comparative study based on a system modelling in TRNSYS.


Innovative Solar Heating and Cooling System with PCM Tank at Service of F- 92 Building of ENEA CASACCIA Research Centre (ROMA) (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on July 15, 2013

This presentation by the Italian National Agency for new technologies, energy and economic and sustainable development provides a case study of an innovative solar heating and cooling system with PCM tank installed at the ENEA CASACCIA Research Centre (ROMA).


Opportunities for Reduced Scale Solar Solution in Qatar (2010)

Submitted by Chris Heron on June 28, 2013

This presentation by QPM assesses the state of Qatar’s solar cooling market and provides an analysis of the opportunities and challenges stemming from the climatic conditions, technological capabilities and financial sources. The presentation also highlights several case studies of applying solar thermal cooling in different countries. This analysis is done with the intention to support installation of an energy-efficient solar thermal cooling system for an outdoor park in Qatar.


Canada’s Largest Solar Thermal Cooling and Heating Installation (2010)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on June 27, 2013

This case study from Proterra Solar looks at one of the largest solar thermal cooling and hearing projects in Canada. The collector system was installed on the Oxford Gardens retirement home in Ontario.


Australia: Country to Publish First Solar Air Conditioning Standard

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 17, 2013

In April, two workshops for solar cooling took place in Asia. At the beginning of the month, a workshop in Singapore focused on the use of solar cooling in tropical regions and gathered around 70 participants from research and industry (see photo). The workshop took place at Cleantech One, which is part of Singapore’s clean technology centre. Cleantech One also hosts the Asia office of Austrian turnkey system provider S.O.L.I.D. and the energy research institute ERI@N of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). They both organised the workshop together with the International Energy Agency (IEA). A week later, almost 80 solar cooling specialists participated in the Australian Solar Cooling 2013 Conference in Sydney, an event by the Australian Solar Cooling Interest Group (ausSCIG). has picked out the highlights from the presentations held at the two workshops.
Photo: S.O.L.I.D.


Case Study: Crow Canyon Medical Center (2013)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on June 13, 2013

This case study comes from solar thermal manufacturer Chromasun. It reports on a combination solar thermal heating and cooling system that was installed on a California healthcare facility, the Crow Canyon Medical Center.