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Solar Thermal Technology (2012)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on December 21, 2012

This presentation was created by Eric Buchanan of the University of Minnesota. It provides a comprehensive overview of how solar thermal technology works and how it is used in practice.


What is Solar Thermal Air Conditioning? (2011)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on December 20, 2012

This presentation was created by Premium Solar, a Tallahassee solar company. It provides diagrams, frequently asked questions, installation tips, and examples of successful solar thermal air conditioning systems.


Patent Landscape Report on Solar Cooling Technologies (2012)

Submitted by Chris Heron on December 5, 2012

This report was made in 2012 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and gives a general overview of existing solar cooling technologies and potential fields of action within the context of global patent applicatons. It gives statistics on the 550 relevant patent families for solar thermal technology, including the geographical prevalence of applications and specificities about their content.


Solar Thermal Energy in Germany: Status, Opportunities and Risks (2012)

Submitted by Chris Heron on November 28, 2012

This 2012 presentation evaluates the status, opportunities and risks for the German solar thermal industry. It begins by detailing the size of the industry, which employees over 20,000 German employees and had a turnover of €1.05 billion in 2011. These figures however reflect a declining annual turnover since the industry's 2008 peak.


Renewable Energy in Industrial Applications. An assessment of the 2050 potential (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 12, 2012

Up to 21% of all final energy use and feedstock in manufacturing industry can be provided by renewable energies by 2050, concludes UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, on this report published in 2010.

The publication sheds some light on the use of renewable energies (biomass, solar thermal, heat pumps) in industrial applications. Although widely known for its use in residential applications, renewable energies are less common in manufacturing.  


Heat Driven Vapor Compression Air Conditioning (2011)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on November 6, 2012

This presentation was created by David M. Baker, President/CEO of PDM Solar, Inc. It provides information on the benefits and technology of solar thermal air conditioning.


The Potential Application of Residential Cooling in the UK and the Role of Thermal Energy Storage Technologies (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 17, 2012

This paper is taken from the proceedings of the 2nd PALENC conference and 28th AIVC conference on Building Energy Cooling and Advanced Ventilation Technologies in the 21st Century. It explores the potential cooling demand in a dwelling in the UK and the potential use of solar thermal cooling systems.  As UK Building regulations demand better insulated and more airtight new buildings, the demand for cooling as begun to escalate in UK new build dwellings.


Solar Thermal Cooling (2011)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on October 4, 2012

This document was created and published by the University of Minnesota. It explains how solar thermal cooling works, and takes a look at the parts of solar thermal cooling systems that allow it to operate.


Commercial Market Innovations to Put US Solar Thermal on the World Stage (2012)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on October 2, 2012

This presentation was compiled by the utility solar water heating initiative US H2O. It features 4 different reports on innovations which are helping advance the development of the solar thermal market.


France: 20 Years Solar Cooling Kept Promises

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2012

It was the first in France in the private food sector and one of the first in Europe – the solar cooling system in the cellar of the GICB winery (Groupement Interproducteurs du Cru de Banyuls) in the south of France. In 1991, successful experiences with solar cooling could rarely be found and investors, as well as donors, were hesitant to endorse the new technology. “It took a lot of work to convince Michel Jomain, former Managing Director of GICB, to get together the funds needed for this ambitious project,” French engineering company Tecsol recalls in an article published in the latest issue of its magazine, Plein Soleil. The installation was designed by Tecsol engineer Louis Casals who paid a lot of attention to minimising the risk of failure. With success! Performance data over 20 years show clearly that the system kept its promises.
Photo: Tecsol