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Success Factors in Solar District Heating (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 31, 2011

The 'SDHtake-off - Solar District Heating in Europe' project is a EU-funded project (under the European Commission Programme IEE Intelligent Energy Europe)supporting the market rollout of solar district heating in Europe. It started on July 2009 and runs for a period of three years. This document is one of its deliverables, describing the development of SDH capacities in Europe as a result of the existing policies and incentives.

Applications of Solar Energy for Domestic Hot Water and Buildings Heating/Cooling (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 7, 2011

This article was published in the International Journal of Energy of the North Atlantic University Union. It advocates for the solar generation of thermal energy and its use for buildings and domestic water heating in Romania.

Building Integration of Concentrating Systems for Solar Cooling Applications (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 19, 2011

This document was presented at the 2nd European Conference on Polygeneration (30 March-1 April 2011, Tarragona, Spain) by the researchers D. Chemisana, J. Lopez-Villada, A. Coronas and J. I. Rossel.

It analysis the energy consumption of buildings from Mediterranean countries and the solutions offered by solar cooling and solar concentrator systems. The paper consists of a comparative analysis between two cooling systems: one with evacuated tube collectors and a single-effect absorption chiller, the other with a solar concentrating system and double-effect absorption chiller.

2001 Annual Report: IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme (2001)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 15, 2011

This report issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA), gives a detailed overview of the policies in place at that time regarding the R&D and integration policies of solar thermal products for the buildings sector.

Australia: Country's largest Solar Cooling System on Hospital

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 13, 2011

 Solar-assisted cooling installation in Echuca” The largest solar cooling plant built in Australia so far has been running since April 2011. The solar-assisted cooling installation is a project by the Echuca Regional Health, a public hospital in Echuca, around two and a half hours drive north of Melbourne.
Photo: Echuca Regional Health 

Singapore: 2.7 MW Cool College with 2,900 pupils

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 22, 2011

 United World College (UWC) in Singapore” The solar thermal cooling plant at the United World College (UWC) in Singapore has now entered the commissioning phase. The system's collector surface covers an area of 3,900 m² and powers a 1,500 kW cooling unit, which is based on a single-effect lithium bromide absorption chiller. The United World Colleges are international schools with an emphasis on social and environmental issues. With 2,900 pupils, Singapore's UWC is the largest of the 13 colleges spread around the world.
Photo: S.O.L.I.D.

India: Innovative Solar Cooling System at Solar Energy Centre

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 10, 2011

 Solar air conditioning demonstration system” The Solar Energy Centre in Haryana State can now score with a new and innovative solar air conditioning demonstration system: Developed by Thermax, one of India’s leading waste heat recovery and cooling manufacturers, the system with a 100 kW cooling capacity has an integrated triple-effect Vapour Absorption Chiller (VAC) and solar parabolic concentrators. Both components were developed locally through a 15-month cooperative application research by the Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) - both from India -, and the German ISE Fraunhofer Institute.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya

CERN’s Ultra High Vacuum Flat Plate Solar Collector Markets and Applications (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 4, 2011

This is a presentation from the CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) about solar thermal technologies and applications.

The presentation reviews the different market applications (hot water and heating, space heating and cooling, desalination, pool heating, industrial processes and electricity production). It also gives data on the European energy market and the market share of the different solar technologies. The document indicates the market drivers for solar thermal and the forecasts for the coming years.

 

Solar Cooling. A Review of Technology, and Feasibility Study for Ager Sectus Winery, Blenhein, New Zealand (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 21, 2011

This document reports the results of a study undertaken at the Ager Sectus Winery, near Blenheim, in New Zealand. The study looked at different solar cooling technologies and their possible use in the winery.

The document starts by explaining the different solar cooling technologies (PV, heat engine, absorption chiller, etc). Solar thermal absorption cooling is the most popular air-conditioning application and is used in different parts of the world. The performance of the systems is still variable, but the average payback period is of 15-20 years.

Solar Cooling Market to experience big Changes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 18, 2011

 Uli Jakob” According to Dr Uli Jakob, Vice President of the “Green Chiller - Association for Sorption Cooling”, the solar cooling sector may soon experience a shift from small series production of a niche market to considerable manufacturing quantities. Jakob points out two signs supporting such a development: First, the approval of the IEA-SHC task 48, “Quality Assurance and Support Measures for Solar Cooling“; second, the recent market entry of big players, such as Stiebel Eltron (Germany) and Hitachi (Japan).
Photo: Bärbel Epp

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