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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

Switzerland: Ultra-High Vacuum Collectors Heat and Cool Geneva Airport

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 19, 2012

The roof of the Geneva International Airport has now 282 evacuated flat plate collector panels with a back-side metal reflector. These Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) collectors will start working in winter this year and supply the airport with hot water and space heating. Next summer, the solar heat will run a York absorption chiller to cool the buildings as well. The manufacturer of the special collectors is Suiss-Spanish company SRB Energy. The costs for the installation, which was subsidised by the Swiss government, amounted to almost Swiss Franc (CHF) 3 million. The new system fits perfectly into the renewable strategy of the airport, which wants to cover more and more of its energy consumption by alternative energies. The photo shows Cédric Petitjean (right), General Director of SRB Energy, and Dr Cristoforo Benvenuti, Vice President and CTO of SRB Energy and former researcher at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
Photo: CERN

Developments of Solar Thermal in China (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 18, 2012

This presentation was given as Tsinghua University in 2011, and gives a chronological overview of the rapid development of China's solar thermal market since 1978, where research first began. The research projects described in the presentation have successfully commercialised solar water heating, which had a 50.8% market share of Chinese water heating in 2008.

Solar Thermal Solutions for Industrial Customers: German Engineering and High-Tech Components (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 17, 2012

This presentation was given by Professor Christopher Menke at the Hanoi Energy Expo in 2010. It gives a detailed overview of global solar thermal market development, including information on global and national capacity and market growth (for example an increase in collector installations in 2009 of 25% compared with 2008). A differentiation is made between the Thermosiphon systems preferred in Asian, African and ME countries; and the pumped systems that are more common in Europe, the US and Australia.

Europe/Asia: Solar Cooling Gains Traction

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 3, 2012

Large Japanese and Chinese companies have recently taken a greater interest in solar cooling. The photo shows an installation by Chinese company Jiangsu Huineng New Energy Technology (Huin), which started supplying solar cooling systems this year. New system kits help drive down costs, although investments in sorption chillers are still higher than for compression chillers. After the Intersolar Europe conference in Munich, Germany, and its dedicated solar cooling session, Uli Jakob, Vice President of the German sorption chiller association Green Chiller, noted: “Solar cooling was one of the highlights of the conference.”
Photo: Huin

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