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Barriers to Technology Diffusion: the Case of Solar Thermal Technologies (2006)

Submitted by Hans Craen on March 27, 2009

This joint paper from the OECD and IEA (October 2006) looks into the different barriers that exist which prevent solar thermal technologies to deliver its real potential. Next to listing the barriers, the document also looks into means to overcome these, the existing technologies & markets and identifies best practices which can be used by policy makers in both industrialised and developing countries.

Three barriers to diffusion are analysed in more detail:

(1) Technical barriers,

(2) Economic barriers and

Production line of Absorption Chillers in Spain

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 26, 2009

factory climatewell=Factory of Climatewell in the Spanish town of Soria: The Swedish company is setting up a production line of solar absorption chillers.
Photo: Climatewell

Solar cooling: a new Field for Simulations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 24, 2009

Solar cooling is a promising new field of application for solar thermal technology. A new version of the simulation software Polysun will be published in April. It will not only be able to design solar thermal systems but also solar powered cooling plants that work with compression coolers or fan coils. A version that also contains a simulation model for absorption chillers is scheduled for the summer months. Polysun is offered in Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Sun Master opens new Production Facility

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 3, 2009

start button at Sun masterCrowding at the start button: The new collector production unit of Sun Master in Upper Austria opened on 22 January. Photo: Sun Master

Green Chiller: Promoting Solar Air Conditioning

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2009

solar cooling of malta retirement houseCooling with the sun: This retirement home in Kalkara, Malta, is conditioned by a chillii Solar Cooling Kit PSC10 (10 kW cooling capacity). 38 m² flat plate collectors are used to generate the heat for the ammonia/water absorption chiller.
Photo: SolarNext

Vanir Energy: a new Solar Thermal Service Company

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 30, 2009

Solar markets are booming in the United States and more and more companies discover new business models featuring solar thermal - such as Vanir Companies Inc.

Solar Cooling Kits for Europe

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 5, 2009

Solar Cooling in MaltaSolar cooling for an office building in Kordin, Malta: The Chillii Solar Cooling Kit PSC10 uses 30.5 m² flat plate and 7 m² of vacuum tube collectors to generate 10 kW of cold in an ammonia/water absorption chiller. Photo: Solarnext

 

Energy Directive Adopted by European Parliament

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 5, 2009

It's a great step forward acknowledging solar heating and cooling to be a key factor for climate protection: For the first time, heating and cooling is covered by an European Directive. The new Energy Directive was adopted with 634 votes in favour and only 25 against and 25 absent in the European Parliament at the 17th December 2008.

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