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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Austria: Third Incentive Year for Large-scale Solar Thermal Plants

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 18, 2012

 Julius Blum GmbH ” The great success over the past two years prompted the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund to extend its incentive programme for large-scale solar thermal plants into 2012 as well. When the programme was launched on 13 June, it was actually the third time. The scheme has already granted financial support to 38 (2010) and 52 (2011) systems in the past years - including the 460 m² for solar process heat at the production plant of an international manufacturer of kitchen fittings, Julius Blum GmbH (see photo). Now equipped with a budget of EUR 4 million, applications can start coming in until 21 September 2012.
Photo: Julius Blum GmbH

Solar Energy Fundamentals: Solar Thermal (2010)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on May 31, 2012

This presentation was created by the solar energy company Ontility. It covers solar thermal technology, applications, and the basics of the science that make solar thermal possible.

Large Scale Solar Thermal Systems: SOLID Case Studies (2009)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on May 30, 2012

This presentation was created by the SOLID Group. It discusses some solar thermal applications such as process heat and solar cooling, and provides case studies and photos to illustrate the benefits of these solar thermal applications.

Switzerland: Flat Plate Solar Thermal Collector Manufacturer Relies on Vacuum Technology

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 29, 2012

 MT Power Collector The - literally - hottest collector innovation comes from Switzerland. TVP Solar has developed an insulated high-vacuum flat plate collector which supplies a heat transfer fluid between 100 and 200°C. This makes it an ideal thermal energy source for cooling and heating applications in the medium temperature range. The MT-Power panel was introduced at the European Future Energy Forum in Geneva last autumn and has now been nominated for the Intersolar Award 2012.
Photo: TVP Solar

Solar Thermal Energy: The Time Has Come (2012)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on May 24, 2012

This white paper was written by William Guiney of Johnson Controls. It looks at the opportunities and potential for long-run development and wide spread use of solar thermal, especially for pool heating, space heating, and cooling applications.