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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.

USA: California Solar Initiative to Add Technologies to Eligibility List

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 13, 2013

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is further extending the number of system types eligible for its CSI – Solar Thermal programme. Already in December 2012, California’s Governor, Edmund Brown, signed a law stipulating that solar heating of commercial pools is to be incorporated into the subsidy scheme. In March 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) published the Final Decision, specifying that solar cooling, space heating and process heat systems should be eligible technologies within the CSI – Solar Thermal. The CPUC, however, still has to work out the specific rule set, something which might delay implementation. The pie chart shows the share of system suppliers within CSI by the end of May 2013. By then, the programme’s administrators had received 1,400 grant applications, half of which had included the system supplier’s name.
Source: CSI – Solar Thermal

Focus on Solar Thermal (2012)

Submitted by Chris Heron on May 29, 2013

Werner B. Koldehoff of German Solar Industry Association (BSW) delivered this presentation at the Conference on “Green Energy” in Cairo, Egypt, in 2012. The presentation outlines the Egyptian solar thermal market and introduces the National Renewable Energy Initiative Egypt. The presentation also provides several case studies of solar thermal heating/cooling and examples of national solar thermal incentives worldwide.

Concentrated Solar Air Conditioning for Buildings Project (2010)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on May 23, 2013

This presentation from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) discusses a project they collaborated on with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and others to reduce the energy intensity of one of their facilities with a concentrated solar thermal air conditioning project.

Evaluation of a Liquid Desiccant Air Conditioning System with Solar Thermal Regeneration (2013)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on May 13, 2013

This presentation comes from Queen’s University in Canada. It provides information on liquid desiccant air conditioning, background research on how this technology could be used with solar thermal air conditioning, and plans for a demonstration project.

On the Way to a Solar Heating and Cooling Technology Roadmap (2013)

Submitted by Chris Heron on May 13, 2013

This presentation by ESTIF has been presented at the 4th European Conference on Renewable Heating and Cooling in April 2013 in Dublin. The presentation gives an overview of what is needed to develop a Roadmap for solar heating and cooling technologies in Europe. Their Solar Heating and Cooling Technology Roadmap is expected to be completed by July 2013, and will include: goals, technological capacities and solutions for achieving energy efficiency.

Solar Air Conditioning: A technological development opportunity in renewable energy (2010)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on May 10, 2013

This presentation comes from Puerto Rico’s Universidad del Turabo, and explores the benefits of solar thermal air conditioning, the technology that makes this application possible, and how its use can be expanded in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Solar Thermal - Market, Policy and Industry Trends in Germany (2012)

Submitted by Chris Heron on May 7, 2013

This presentation was given by BSW, the German Solar Industry Association, and provides an outline of the German solar thermal energy sector: market trends, policies and existing opportunities and challenges.

Benchmarking of Solar-Thermal Technologies in B.C.'s Agricultural and Agri-Food Operations (2012)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on May 6, 2013

This report is a summary of five solar thermal feasibility studies conducted by Stantec Consulting for the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture. The studies looked at the potential for solar thermal heating and cooling systems to be used in various agricultural applications across British Columbia.

Durability Issues, Maintenance and Costs of Solar Cooling Systems (2012)

Submitted by Chris Heron on April 26, 2013

This document is a part of the 2012 Quality Assurance in Solar Heating and Cooling Technology (QAiST) Project report on the requirements for durability and performance testing of solar cooling systems. The study analyses the existing situation in the field of solar thermal cooling and provides recommendations for innovative approaches, methods and standards in the area.