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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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Solar Cooling and Process Heat for Emerging Markets and Developing Countries (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 1, 2012

This presentation outlines the benefits of solar cooling and process heat for emerging markets and developing countries, and charts the work of Solar Installation Design (S.O.L.I.D) to increase its market penetration. S.O.L.I.D works to deliver fixed price turnkey installations for cash, with case studies included of existing projects such as the EA Tower in Pristina and the Olympic Sailing Village in China.

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India: New Solar-Biomass Cold Storage and Power Generation System

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 30, 2012

One of the leading solar solution providers in India, Thermax, has just implemented a so-called solar-biomass hybrid demonstration project at the Solar Energy Centre in northern India. The cold storage and power generation system is the first of its kind worldwide. It comprises of a 15 kW (~5 tons of refrigeration) Thermax Vapour Absorption Machine (VAM), coupled with a field of Thermax SolPac D160 solar thermal tracking concentrators, as well as a 50kWel biomass gasifier system. The VAM uses both the heat energy from the solar parabolic concentrators and the waste heat from the biomass gasifier to cool the storage chamber.
Photo: Thermax

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Where does Solar Cooling Stand Today? (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 17, 2012

This powerpoint presentation was given by Solem Consulting’s Dr. Uli Jakob at the 2012 Intersolar Europe Conference. It gives a sprawling overview of the solar cooling market by 2012, beginning with an overview of the different collector and chiller technologies currently on the international market. It also lists the solar cooling kit suppliers across different global regions.

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Solar Thermal Energy for Cooling and Refrigeration: Status and Perspectives (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 12, 2012

This presentation - given by TECSOL’s Daniel Mugnier at the 2012 Intersolar fair in Munich - gives an overview of recent technological developments in Solar Cooling, and an outlook for the progress that still needs to be made in the future.  This is made in the framework of Task 48 of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Program. The main technical progress over the last decade is outlined for closed cycles and open sorptive cycles, as well as sorption cooling and high temperature applications. 

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Research Priorities for Solar Thermal Energy (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 9, 2012

This presentation - given by ESTTP’s Dr. Wim van Helden at the 2012 Renewable District Heating and Cooling Conference - sets out key Research and Development priorities for the solar thermal industry in the next decade. Challenges still remain to reduce investment costs, further increase solar fraction and further develop solar thermal technology.

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IEA Technology Roadmap 2011 - Energy-Efficient Buildings: Heating and Cooling Equipment (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on July 5, 2012

As part of a series of IEA Roadmaps on energy technologies, this report specifically maps the potential development of heating and cooling equipment for energy-efficient buildings between 2011 and 2050. In line with other roadmaps, two scenarios are plotted: a baseline scenario representing minimal policy change and a BLUE map scenario with aggressive policy action.

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Solar Decathlon House - Santa Clara University (2011)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on June 28, 2012

This case study was written by SunWater Solar. It discusses their solar thermal cooling installation project that they completed on the Solar Decathlon House at Santa Clara University in California.

Three collectors were installed which are connected to an absorption chiller which creates the cold water for the air conditioning system. This project is a demonstration installation and was a collaboration between the Santa Clara University School of Engineering and SunWater Solar. The system should offset approximately 4 barrels of oil usage every year.

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Solar Thermal Case Study: Shouldice Hospital (2012)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on June 27, 2012

This case study was written by Gemco Solar. It profiles a solar thermal water heating and air cooling and heating system they installed on the Shouldice Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada.

Displacing a natural gas and electric based system, Gemco installed 131 solar thermal collectors and 10 solar thermal cooling machines on the hospital. The systems account for roughly 55% of the hospital’s total energy use. Each year, the system is project to displace over 100 metric tons of CO2 emissions that the hospital would have otherwise created with their previous system.

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Simulations of the Comfort Level in a Solar Thermal Ceiling System Cooled Room (2011)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on June 25, 2012

This report was written by Alexander Holiday and Yin Yaling of the University of Minnesota. It reports on simulation trials of solar thermal air condition systems that were run on a modeling software program.

The system in question was a solar thermal ceiling cooling system. The model showed that when air inflow temperature was increased, humidity rose, and the comfort level of the room was decreased. However, the researchers gained a positive result when increasing the ceiling cooling temperature, which dropped the humidity, and increased the comfort level of the room.

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