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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.

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.

Solar Thermal Air Conditioners: Methods of Operation (2010)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on May 23, 2012

This diagram was created by IceSolair. The diagram explains the methods and modes of how solar thermal air conditioning systems operate, it also looks at the various parts and technologies that allow the system to work, and it shows how the system works in reverse for heating purposes.

Solar Air-Conditioning Systems in North America (2010)

Submitted by Dan Fernandez on May 21, 2012

This presentation was created by Lucio Mesquita of solar energy company EnerWorks. It focuses on the use and prevalence of solar thermal air-conditioning in the United States.

Solar Heat Worldwide - Markets and Contribution to Energy Supply 2010 (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 21, 2012

This report has been written by Werner Weiss and Franz Mauthner in contribution to the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC). It documents the solar thermal capacity installed in 55 countries, and ascertains the contribution of solar thermal systems to the supply of energy and the CO¬2 emissions avoided as a result of operating these systems.

Solar Heating and Cooling in Austria - Status Report (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 3, 2012

This report - presented to the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme in 2009 - gives an overview of the solar heating and cooling industry in Austria.

This includes an outline of the national and European regulatory environment, and the research programmes used to further technological development in the sector. Austrian public expenditure for energy research is specified as €31,886,023 in 2007, of which €826,852 was directed towards solar heating and cooling.