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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.

Solar Heating and Cooling Technologies – Germany (2012)

Submitted by Chris Heron on April 23, 2013

This presentation of Green Chiller Association for Sorption Cooling e.V. outlines different types of solar thermal collectors for industrial heating and cooling, and their existing capacities and advantages. It also provides an overview of the market statistics for the use of solar process heat and cooling in Germany and in the world.

Solar Cooling and Process Heating for Industrial Applications (2012)

Submitted by Chris Heron on April 19, 2013

This presentation was given at the Indo-German Cleantech Symposium in New Delhi, 2012, and focuses on the potential of Solar Fresnel collectors for Industrial solar cooling and process heating.

Early Results from a Solar Thermal Air Conditioning and Heating System (2012)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on April 2, 2013

This report was written by Eric Buchanan of the University of Minnesota, West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC). It provides the preliminary energy data results obtained from the study of a large evacuated tube solar thermal system for building heating and cooling.

Solar Thermal in Industries - Status and Perspectives (2012)

Submitted by Chris Heron on March 26, 2013

This presentation was given by Werner B. Koldehoff of the German Solar Industry Association (BSW), in order to make the case for increased takeup of solar thermal technologies for industries in Thailand. Koldehoff begins by highlighting Thailand's higher solar irradiance in comparison with Germany, and demonstrating the economic benefits that have arisen from solar thermal industry developments in the latter.

Preliminary RHC and SDH Conference Programmes Available for Download

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 12, 2013

The preliminary programmes of the 4th European Conference on Renewable Heating and Cooling, which will take place from 22 to 23 April in Dublin, Ireland, and for the SDH conference from 9 to 10 April in Malmö, Sweden, are now available for download at their event websites. The photo shows the solar thermal panel at last year’s RHC conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Photo: ESTIF

Solar Thermal Markets in Europe - Trends and Market Statistics 2011 (2012)

Submitted by Chris Heron on February 26, 2013

As in previous years, ESTIF, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, has issued this publication with detailed data and numbers about the solar thermal market in the EU 27 and Switzerland in 2010.

USA: New US Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 26, 2013

A strong voice for the solar thermal industry: that is the aim of the new US Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance (SHC Alliance), a division of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). SEIA announced the new elected board in a press release on 19 February 2013. The US Solar Heating and Cooling Council which governs the SHC Alliance consists of five persons. First, there are Chairman Mike Healy from Skyline Innovations (left), Vice Chairman Matt Carlson from Sunnovations (middle) and Treasurer Eileen Prado from the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC). The other two positions will rotate and are currently held by Les Nelson, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Ole Pilgaard from Heliodyne. Only the chairperson and vice-chairperson, however, occupied formal positions within SEIA, another press release stated in January 2013.
Photos: Sunnovations, Skyline Innovations, SRCC

Sweden: Vacuum Tube Produces Heat and Cold Depending on Day or Night

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 25, 2013

The latest development of Swedish Company ClimateWell is called CoolStore and can be integrated into a collector casing. ClimateWell offers this special vacuum tube, which produces heat or cold, to interested collector manufacturers. The former producer of absorption chillers has completely altered its product range to become a component supplier for boilers and air-conditioners for vehicles. The new product, however, has still not been entirely uncovered in the figure above, because “we do not want to disclose too much yet”, explains ClimateWell’s CEO, Per Olofsson. “The idea of the CoolStore tube is that solar cooling needs to be simpler and more efficient to really work on the market. At the same time, we also wanted lower cooling temperatures for efficient air-conditioning and dehumidification.”
Figure: ClimateWell