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Case study - Solar thermal In Louisiana

by ElectraTherm  (Nov. 21, 2014)

Solar Thermal/ORC Application in the USA Site Location: Crowley, LA, United States Thermal Power Available: Up to 650 kWt Green Machine Gross Power Output Avg: 15-50 kWe Hot Water Input Range: 65-120°C Water Cooling Tower: Up to 600 kWt ElectraTherm partnered with its gulf coast distributor, Gulf Coast Green Energy, to commission a Green ...

Solar Thermal Action Plan for Europe

by European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF)  (Jan. 1, 2007)

 Ten years ago, the European Commission published its White Paper on Renewables, proposing a Community Strategy and Action Plan. Since then, European Directives to promote renewables in the electricity sector and in the transport sector have been successful in kicking off substantial growth in these two sectors. However, the renewable heating ...

Solar thermal power coming to a boil

by Earth Policy Institute  (Jul. 22, 2008)

After emerging in 2006 from 15 years of hibernation, the solar thermal power industry experienced a surge in 2007, with 100 megawatts of new capacity coming online worldwide. During the 1990s, cheap fossil fuels, combined with a loss of state and federal incentives, put a damper on solar thermal power development. However, recent increases in ...

Concentrated solar thermal power a good fit for Jordan

by FCBI Energy  (Mar. 11, 2013)

Jordanian officials to discuss role solar can play in their developing energy mix at MENASOL 2013 (14-15 May, Dubai). According to the CSP Today Global Tracker, the use of CSP in Jordan is currently under investigation, “while the country is busy implementing reliable low-cost supply of energy using large, conventional and centrally-located ...

Solar tunnel drier with thermal storage for drying of copra

by Inderscience Publishers  (Mar. 28, 2012)

A natural convection solar tunnel drier integrated with rock bed as sensible heat storage material was developed to test its performance for copra drying. The experiments were carried out with and without the integration of heat storage material. The temperature gradient inside the tunnel drier is about 10–25°C during the clear day and 7–12°C ...

Solar Thermal System: Benefits Vs Problems?

by Greenshine New Energy LLC  (May 26, 2014)

Solar thermal systems are the latest green renewable technology that derives energy from the sun to produce heat. This heat is then transferred to warm water for utilization or regulates temperatures within households, offices and even industries. Varying qualities of equipment results in variation of performance in terms of efficiency and ...

Solar thermal power plants for the Spanish electricity market

by Inderscience Publishers  (Aug. 7, 2007)

Solar thermal power plants are at present the cheapest technology for solar electricity production. At good sites Levelised Electricity Costs (LEC) of 11 Ct/kWh have been achieved in commercially operated power plants. Economy of scale and further technical improvements will reduce the LEC for future projects. On the 27th of March 2004 in Spain ...

Provisional figures for the EU solar thermal market 2007

by European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF)  (Dec. 21, 2007)

After four years of very dynamic growth, the European solar thermal (ST) market registers a 10% decrease in sales in 2007. Many factors contributed to a 33% decline of Germany’s market. ESTIF urges policy makers to implement solar obligations to speed-up the market penetration of solar thermal. “We have seen very positive trends in some ...

Solar exergy maps for photovoltaic/thermal systems

by Inderscience Publishers  (Apr. 9, 2014)

In this paper, the thermal and electrical exergies and the exergy destructions are calculated for a photovoltaic thermal (PV/T) system based on solar exergy rates for some Indian climates namely Bangalore, Jodhpur, Mumbai, New Delhi and Srinagar for a year and for different US climates namely Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Portland, San ...

Solar Water Distillation System, Solar Thermal Energy Conversion System

by FutureNet Group, Inc.  (Apr. 1, 2007)

Innovation in Water and Energy Access to Water and Energy is a Human Right and Fundamental Freedom to share the “gift of life”. The US. Patent and Trademark Office have awarded two Patents US 6,494,995 B1 for Solar Water Distillation System and US 7,127,894 B2 for Solar Thermal Energy Conversion System to the Inventor Mr.Hammam Battah, ...

Thermal modelling, validation and exergetic analysis of a hybrid Photovoltaic/Thermal (PV/T) active solar still

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jun. 23, 2009)

This paper presents the thermal analysis of a self sustainable, new design of hybrid photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) active solar distillation system. The experiments were conducted for 24 h (7am-7am) for the New Delhi (India) climatic conditions on typical days during the month of April 2006 for water at different depths (i.e., 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 m) in ...

Characterization of high temperature solar thermal selective absorber coatings at operation temperature

by SCHOTT AG / SCHOTT Solar CSP GmbH  (Jan. 1, 2013)

Abstract In cooperation between the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the SCHOTT Solar CSP GmbH (SCHOTT Solar) measurements have been carried out with the goal to assure, that the directional-hemispherical reflectance measurements, done as production control by SCHOTT Solar, lead to applicable results for calculating the emittance of ...

Solar Tower Report 2014:Cost, Performance and Thermal Storage

by FCBI Energy  (Mar. 23, 2016)

'Strategically plan your commercial trajectory and optimize profitability in the increasingly internationalized solar tower market' About this report: Through industry-validated cost information, localized techno-economic analysis and inter-market benchmarking, this report brings unprecedented clarity on solar tower technology across eight global ...

Growing a local concentrated solar thermal power economy in South Africa

by FCBI Energy  (Oct. 19, 2011)

In recent months South Africa has seen a dramatic change in its energy policy as the Department of Energy, NERSA and Eskom have taken steps to move to a renewable energy future. On November 4th the Independent Power Producer bidding process for the first 200MW of CSP will close, leaving many anxious developers waiting until COP17 to find out if ...

Case study - fuel-free power from solar thermal

by ElectraTherm  (Nov. 21, 2014)

Middle East Technical University Campus, North Cyprus, Turkey Application Type: Solar Thermal Nominal Power Output: 18kW Thermal Heat Input: 200 - 400kW Hot Water Input Range: 170 - 225°F Hot Water Flow: 185 GPM Cold Water Input: 80-100°F Cold Water Flow: 220 GPM Date Commissioned: Q4 2010 Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus ...

Exergy analysis of a multi–tank thermal storage system for solar heating applications

by Inderscience Publishers  (Dec. 30, 2014)

This paper presents the results of an experimental study on the stored exergy of a stratified multi–tank system when subjected to various charge and discharge strategies. Tests were performed over 8–h and 48–h test periods, for constant temperature charging, variable input power charging, constant volume hourly draws and variable volume hourly ...

CO2 mitigation with thermal energy storage

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jul. 15, 2009)

Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provides us with a flexible heating and/or cooling tool to combat global warming through conserving energy while utilising natural renewable energy resources. This paper aims to show how CO2 emissions can be decreased by utilising different TES concepts in Turkey. The first project is for the heating and cooling of a ...

Ocean Thermal Energy and Water Production

by Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTEC)  (Apr. 24, 2014)

Introduction The scarcity of potable water is a growing problem worldwide, particularly in arid regions and among developing countries. Compounding this problem is the increasing contamination of freshwater sources, which comprise only about 2.5% of all water on Earth. Of this small portion, only 0.5% of the total fresh water available is found ...

Economics of tiny thermal power plants


Thermal power plants is the main source of energy and electricity in India and almost all countries of the world. Most of the giant thermal power plants have capacity of 500MW to 1000 MW. Investment in such giant thermal power plants is Rs 100 million per MW including transmission lines and distribution lines. ( 60 rupees = 1 US$, MW=1000KW). So ...

Exergy analysis of a rock bed thermal storage system

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jan. 14, 2008)

In this paper, a thermodynamic procedure is presented to analyse energy and exergy balances of a rock bed thermal storage system. The thermal behaviour is described by means of a control volume that includes three subsystems: the solar collectors, the fluid distribution system and the storage chamber. Solar-to-thermal energy conversion was ...

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