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Solar Thermal Energy (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This document was prepared in 2007 by the University of Gavle. The document gives a detailed introduction to solar thermal power, as well as descriptions of various energy applications and active and passive solar heating systems.

The report breaks down in detail the different types of solar thermal systems and collectors. Charts, graphs and photos show the various examples listed.

AN Introduction to Solar Pool Heating Systems

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 20, 2015

This report was prepared by the Canadian Solar Industries Association and provides a basic overview of solar pool heating systems specific to Canada.

Benefits of using solar pool heating systems are explained in the report as well as advantages of solar vs. gas heaters and heat pumps.

The document gives five reasons why Canadians should use solar heating; Solar saves on pool heating costs, solar extends your swimming season, solar equipment is durable, solar requires less maintenance and solar energy is good for the environment.

2009 Updates and Trends – IREC

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 14, 2015

This report was from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Annual Meeting in October, 2009. The report is broken down to cover state incentives & policy trends, solar installation trends, net metering & interconnection updates & trends, and workforce development and training. For current policies that are mentioned to withstand solar growth, they mention the Energy Improvement and Reinvestment Act (part of the federal “bailout bill” in 2008) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (part of the “stimulus bill” in 2009).

Solar Thermal Collector Market in IEA Member Countries (2002)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This was a study prepared by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2002. The study documented the collector areas previously installed in the 22 IEA member countries and to identify the contribution of solar plants to the supply of energy and how it cut down on CO2 emissions. It has all the member countries listed with the total collector area, for different types of solar thermal systems, with energy savings equivalent.

Green Institute Issue Brief on Solar Energy (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This report was issued by the Green Institute in 2008 and discusses the option of a “solar carve-out” to build Minnesota’s solar future. To develop Minnesota’s renewable sources beyond 25 percent, development of additional renewable energy will be necessary, specifically solar technology. A carve-out is an addition to a renewable energy standard (RES) that specifies a portion of the RES needs to be met with a particular technology – solar.

Solar Thermal Solutions in Boston and the Northeast (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This PowerPoint was developed by KeySpan in 2008. It covers why they promote solar thermal water heating in the Northeast, applications, market barriers and a forecast for the future. The presentation introduces the different solar thermal programs that KeySpan offers including domestic hot water, pool heating, space heating, process hot water and solar assisted cooling. It also mentions the different applications where all this solar thermal energy can be used and what type of savings will be seen.

Solar Pool Heating – Thermo Dynamics (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This document was prepared by Thermo Dynamics Ltd. in 2007. Thermo Dynamics designs, manufactures and installs solar pool heating systems. They describe two types of solar pool heating systems — open loop and closed loop — and the flat plate collectors that are used in the system. Typically, open loop systems are for seasonal outdoor pools, while closed loop systems are used for year-round indoor pool heating. The closed loop system requires the installation of a heat exchanger and additional circulators.

Solar Thermal Energy – New Light on a Mature and Market Ready Technology (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 13, 2015

This presentation was created by Sterling Planet in 2007. This presentation covers several aspects of solar thermal technology including system types, job creation, market growth, different applications, and the outlook of solar thermal energy in the future. The beginning of the presentation talks about the basic uses of solar thermal energy and the common system types you’ll see on the market. It moves on to job creation and gives the reader estimations of how rapidly jobs can be created (solar equivalent of 200,000 residential systems is approximately 34,885 jobs created).

Wright State Solar Tour Event (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 8, 2015

This presentation was created by Wright State University. It provides information on the “Solar Tour” of their campus, focusing on their newly installed solar thermal hot water heating system for the campus swimming pool. Wright State University is committed to renewable energy, and has a number of various sources on campus. In 2010, the campus installed a solar thermal hot water heating system for their Olympic sized swimming pool on campus.

Installing Solar Water and Pool Heating Systems: Objectives and Task Analysis for Solar Water and Pool Heating Systems Installation Contractor (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 24, 2015

 This document was created by the Technical Committee of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. It offers a wide-ranging task breakdown of essential installation practices for contractors working on installing solar thermal systems for pools and indoor water heating. The document is intended for those who already have a basic understanding of the skills needed for roofing, electrical, and plumbing tasks.

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