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Solar Electric and Solar Thermal Energy: A Summary of Current Technologies (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on June 26, 2015

This document, written by Tayyebatossadat P. Aghaei of the Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), illustrates the different applications of solar thermal and photovoltaic technology. 

After a brief introduction on the history of solar energy, the document firstly explains the functioning of large scale solar thermal technology systems, differentiating between flat-plate collectors and concentrator collectors. This section includes also graphic representations of the different systems.

Solar Energy in Spain (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 6, 2015

The solar potential in Spain is the highest in Europe because of its privileged location and climate.  Solar energy offers many advantages with respect to conventional energy, since it deals with a stream of energy that is free, clean and limitless. 

Consideration of Impacts on Water Quality and Quantity in the WREZ Process (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 29, 2015

Throughout much of the Western U.S., water is a scarce resource. Growing cities and power plants often compete directly with the agricultural sector - and environmental needs - for limited water supplies. Developing new, renewable energy supplies will have varied impacts on water resources. It is important that, in the process, renewable energy development does not contribute to or exacerbate water supply and quality challenges.

An Efficient Solar Thermal-Powered Evaporation System for Salt Harvesting and Wastewater Treatment (Feb 2014)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 25, 2015

This presentation was given by the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) during a conference on “Sustainable Solutions in an Era of Climate Variability”, organized by the Multi-State Salinity Coalition, in Las Vegas in February 2014.

Technology Review and Selection of CSP and Desalination Configurations (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 20, 2011

This Final Report is the deliverable of Work Package (WP1) from the MED-CSD Project. Designed to assess combined solar power and desalination plants’ technico-economic potential in Mediterranean Partner countries, it was a project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). It ran between June 2008 and June 2010.

Renewable Energies in the MENA Region: Potential for Sustainable Energy Provision and Export to Europe (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 24, 2011

This is a presentation delivered by Dr. Hans Müller-Steinhagen from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, German Aerospace Centre (DLR) during the Euromed Solar Workshop on EU-MENA (Middle East and North Africa region) Cooperation on Solar Power, held in Jordan.

DESERTEC: Clean Power from Deserts. The Global Challenge of Energy, Water and Climate Security (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on October 20, 2011

This presentation was done by Dr. Gerhard Knies, DESERTEC Project Promotor for The Club of Rome and co-ordinator of TREC, during the Euromed Solar Workshop on EU-MENA Cooperation on Solar Power, held in Jordan.

CERN’s Ultra High Vacuum Flat Plate Solar Collector Markets and Applications (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 4, 2011

This is a presentation from the CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) about solar thermal technologies and applications.

The presentation reviews the different market applications (hot water and heating, space heating and cooling, desalination, pool heating, industrial processes and electricity production). It also gives data on the European energy market and the market share of the different solar technologies. The document indicates the market drivers for solar thermal and the forecasts for the coming years.

 

Solar Thermal Seawater Distillation Activities at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 17, 2011

This article was written by a group of researchers from the Almeria Solar Platform in Spain (CIEMAT) and explores the results of the research activities undertaken in this Platform with respect to solar desalination in the framework of the Aquasol Project.

Solar desalination is a feasible and attractive option for regions suffering from fresh water shortage and benefiting from high insolation levels.

The Aquasol Project initiated in 2002 and is expected to reduce the overall system investment cost as well as improve energy efficiency.

Desalination Units Powered by Renewable Energy Systems: Opportunities & Challenges (2005)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 18, 2011

This document gathers a series of papers presented during the International Seminar held in Hammamet, Tunisia in 2005. The seminar was organised in the framework of the ADU-RES project (Co-ordination Action for Autonomous Desalination Units based on Renewable Energy Systems). This project received funding from the European Commission from 2004 to 2006 and it remained active ever since, working more like a network of contacts and best practices.

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