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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Solar Thermal Applications for Buildings - Developments and Perspectives (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 30, 2012

This presentation was given by German consultancy SiNERGi in 2009, and gives a broad overview of the solar thermal market in Europe, with a specific focus on Germany. It describes how the European market has broadened from predominantly domestic solar water heating systems to include a high share (45%) of combined systems for DHW and room heating, as well as growing numbers of collective systems and district heating systems.

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Solar Thermal: Status - Perspectives - Technologies (2011)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on August 30, 2012

This presentation was created by Werner B. Koldehoff of the German Solar Industry Association and was originally presented at the 7th Annual Germany California Solar Day in Los Angeles, CA.

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A River of Energy Solutions – Solar Heating & Cooling (2011)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on August 7, 2012

This presentation was created by Les Nelson of Western Renewables Group. It provides information on how solar thermal heating and cooling applications are being used in a wide array of settings.

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Oxford Gardens Solar Cooling Project (2012)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on August 6, 2012

This case study was created by the solar energy company Enerworks. It provides information on their solar cooling installation project at the Oxford Gardens retirement community in Canada.

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Final Report on Market Assessment of Solar Water Heating Systems in Industrial Sectors (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 3, 2012

This report was commissioned by India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to estimate the realisable market potential for Solar Water Heating (SWH) systems in India’s different industrial sectors, and to prepare action plans for future development. The MNRE concluded that the industrial penetration of SWH would need scalability, innovative marketing, financing and service delivery mechanisms.

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Solar Heating Metal Wall Systems (2010)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on August 2, 2012

This presentation was created by Victoria Hollick of Conserval Engineering Inc. It is an educational presentation on how solar thermal air heating works.

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