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Abu Dhabi: IRENA´s Headquarters Become First 4 Pearl Office Building

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 1, 2015
IRENA HeadquaterThe future headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) represent the first office building in Abu Dhabi to be awarded the 4-Pearl Estidama Construction Rating Certificate. According to the Estidama website, the 2010 rating system was the first building certification code to be adopted in the Middle East. Estidama, which means sustainability in Arabic, was implemented by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and aims at “creating more sustainable communities, cities and global enterprises”. In addition to low energy and water consumption, credit points are given for an integrated planning process, as well as ecological building materials and an innovative building design. IRENA’s new headquarters achieved 115 points above mandatory and therefore gained the 4 Pearl rating. 
Photo: Irena

New ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Program : Background, Components, Process (2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 24, 2015

On 13 June 2014, Hannes Bauer, Solar Thermal Program Manager at ECREEE, ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, gave a workshop in Cabo Verde on the new ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Solar Thermal Energy Program. 

The 1st part of the presentation focuses on the global market growth of solar thermal collectors, showing that from 2000 to 2010 the market has increased steadily by 20% each year. It also shows that West African States were not participating during that period. 

India: UNDP Supports 53 New Concentrating Solar Thermal Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2015
UNDP GEF ProjectThe Concentrating Solar Heat (CSH) subsidy scheme in India, managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), started in April 2012 with the target to install 90 demonstration and replication projects totalling 45,000 m² of collector area until March 2017. After half the project period had been over, the UNDP was able to present satisfactory results: The scheme has already helped implement 59 projects with a surface area of 16,373 m². The pie chart shows the shares of different applications in the overall collector area. The largest share, 59 % (9,614 m²), is made up of demonstration projects in process heat or solar cooling. 
Source: UNDP

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

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 19, 2015

This presentation on solar air-conditioning system was given by Kawasaki’s Hajime Yabase, together with Kiyohshi 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.    Absorption chillers use water as refrigerant instead of Freon, they consume less energy than electric chiller and different energy sources can be used.  The presentation also compares a

The Value of Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) in Minnesota: Solar Thermal and Minnesota Energy and Climate Goals (2013).

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 13, 2015

This study on the value of solar heating and cooling, commissioned by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, analyses how solar thermal energy can help the state in reaching the climate and energy goals of reducing greenhouse gases emissions by 80% by 2050 and relying on renewable energy to produce 25% of electricity by 2025.

New Report on Heat Rejection Systems for Solar Cooling (2015)

Submitted by Pam Murphy on February 10, 2015

This report presents an overview of existing and novel concepts for heat rejection devices in solar cooling systems and recommends which heat rejection measures should be used under different boundary conditions (climate, system concept, etc.). Several components include a performance characterization that was prepared in partnership with manufacturers.

Authors: Roberto Fedrizzi, Alice Vittoriosi, Davide Romeli, Matteo D’Antoni, Hannes Fugmann, Björn Nienborg, Khalid Nagidi, Marc Sheldon

Date: November 2014

Pages: 60

Integrating Solar Thermal in Buildings – A quick guide for Architects and Builders (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on February 5, 2015

“Integrating Solar Thermal in Buildings – A quick guide for Architects and Builders” aims at promoting solar water heating (SWH) systems to architects and builders from developing countries and help them consider integrating SWH applications in their designs. Intending to be a useful handbook, this “Quick Guide” provides a compact overview of the technology and its main characteristics; as well as the main requirements to be considered for its application in different types of projects and in different geographical locations.

Solar Thermal in Industries: Status and Perspectives (2012)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on January 30, 2015

This presentation was made by Werner B. Koldehoff at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) workshop "Solar Thermal Thailand" held in Berlin on March 2012. It presents the status of solar thermal industry in Germany and worldwide to analyse the potential develoment of the industry in Thailand. 

Novel Solar Thermal Polygeneration System for Sustainable Production of Cooling, Clean Water and Domestic Hot Water in UAE (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on January 23, 2015

This master thesis, written by Gowtham Mohan at the Stockholm KTH School of Industrial Engineering and Management, introduces a solar thermal poly-generation (STP) system for production of chilled water for air conditioning using absorption chiller, pure water with membrane distillation and domestic hot water by heat recovery.

Contracting Models for Solar Thermally Driven Cooling and Heating Systems (2014)

Submitted by Pam Murphy on January 19, 2015
This report highlights new perspectives of financing large solar thermal cooling projects with the objective to expand the use of solar cooling technologies in the public and private sectors through an improved understanding of the approaches adopted by contracting models. The work was supported by the SHC project on large scale solar heating and cooling systems (SHC Task 45).

Authors: Moritz, Schubert, Sabine Putz

Date: 18 September 2014

Pages: 34