solar thermal controller Articles

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

    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 absorber tubes for parabolic trough ...

  • Exergy analysis of a rock bed thermal storage system

    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 obtained by means of a solar collector at a fixed airflow ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A brighter future for solar in Texas

    I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. - Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931 According to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), Texas has the greatest solar energy potential of any state in the country. “If photovoltaic (PV) systems operating ...

  • What Are Solar Buildings Technologies?

    Solar buildings technologies use the non-polluting power of the sun to help heat, cool, and power our buildings. Because buildings now use one-third of the energy currently consumed in this country, the potential markets for using solar buildings technologies in place of conventional ones is substantial. Whether you're a home owner, architect, builder, business owner, or industry or utility ...

  • Can the Solar Hourglass serve as a CSP landmark?

    A CSP project proposal has won first place in the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) competition, but can the design make it beyond paper? By Heba Hashem October was an eventful month for Santiago Muros Cortés. The Argentina-based architect impressed the jury in Copenhagen with his plan for a Solar Hourglass that ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Performance evaluation of multi-passive solar applications of a non air-conditioned building

    This paper describes the performance evaluation of solar passive cooling techniques such as solar shading insulation of building components and air exchange rate. Thermal performance of the non air-conditioned building is predicted by analysing a one-dimensional numerical model. Numerical calculation has been made corresponding to three different climates, viz. composite, hot and dry and warm and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Transparent conductors for solar energy and energy efficiency: a broad-brush picture

    Transparent conductors (TCs) have numerous and diverse applications for solar energy applications and for energy efficiency. The largest of these applications, in terms of area, are based on the fact that the TCs have low infrared emittance and can be used to improve the thermal properties of modern fenestration. Depending on whether the TCs are reflecting or not in the near infrared pertinent to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Rotork valve automation at solar power plants - Case Study

    Overview Spain is now the world's largest generator of electricity from solar power plants. Spanish solar energy plants utilise parabolic trough technology combined with a thermal storage system using molten salt batteries to maximise their power generating capacity. The parabolic trough is constructed as a long parabolic mirror with a Dewar tube running its length at the focal point. ...


    By Rotork

  • INDIAN FARMERS CAN GENERATE 800000 MW SOLAR POWER

    INDIAN FARMERS CAN GENERATE 800000 MW SOLAR POWER DANGERS OF CENTRALIZED POWER PLANTS ...


    By AADHUNIK GLOBAL ENERGY

  • Case-study - Utilising waste heat for water production and climate control

    Water purification is needed to produce high quality water for consumption, agriculture and industrial needs. Conventional water treatment processes, like distillation and reverse osmosis, consume vast amounts of energy. However, there is a large potential for significant reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions in this sector. It can be achieved by the exploitation of waste heat for ...


    By Climate-KIC

  • Hi Tech company selects PSSI oxidizer - innovative solar panel manufacturer selects PSSI recuperative catalytic oxidizer

    Background PSSI was initially contacted to provide an innovative company with support to determine which air pollution control technology was most appropriate for their new product line used in the production of solar panels.  The product had been under development for many years and was now ready for commercial manufacturing.  PSSI worked closely with the company to understand their processes ...


    By Pollution Systems

  • Pacific Control Systems implements eSight at their prestigious award winning head offices in Dubai

    Pacific Control Systems provides total automation solutions globally. Headquartered in Dubai, Pacific Controls has been involved in successfully implementing integrated automation solutions in the Government and Private sectors. Platinum Rated Green Building Pacific Controls has built the Middle East‟s first-of-its-kind LEED Platinum rated "Green Building" which uses Solar ...


    By eSight Energy

  • Animalistic heat

    Rearing animals requires a lot of patience, dedication and above all, constant warmth. Since this very year, a farmer from Schrozberg, Germany, relies on cost cutting technologies, namely solar thermal heating and wood chip heating. A constant temperature of 45 degrees Celsius is crucial to breed piglets. Enormous costs were the result of utilizing gas heating to provide a constant temperature ...


    By TiSUN GmbH

  • Social housing retrofit - a rural innovation for the future project

    The client for this project was Warwick District Council and the aim was to deliver deep cuts in carbon emissions and primary energy demands for two social houses in a rural location in Warwickshire. Encraft won the funding for this project from the Technology Strategy Board as part of the Retrofit for the Future competition. Encraft project managed and designed the retrofit project and came up ...


    By Encraft Ltd

  • Energy Efficiency and PV: Together Forever

    We have seen a marriage of the energy efficiency and solar energy industries as the US has worked to green its buildings. In fact, some financing programs require that all cost-effective efficiency be pursued before solar panels are installed.  Here Elisa Wood interviews Liz Merry, owner of Verve Solar Consulting, about how the solar industry views energy efficiency and the outlook for ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • A Cleaner Energy Future

    As renewable energy plays an increasingly important role in the world’s energy portfolio, the standards of ASTM International Committee E44 are helping to pave the way for innovation in clean energy sources. A growing population and improving living standards around the world are causing significant increases in energy demand and competition for fossil fuels. These escalating energy ...


    By ASTM International

  • Miralite Skylights are engineered for a 30+ year life

    Miralite has been designed, manufactured and patented in the United Kingdom to afford active natural daylight into buildings to allow artificial lighting to be turned off for up to 10.5 hours a day! Unlike passive skylights Miralite uses solar-tracking technology to follow the sun and with the clever use of pre-determined angled mirrors drive natural light into a building. The result is a bright, ...


    By Smart Green Solutions Ltd

  • Energy efficient ferrero group invests in GEM

    Thermal Energy International Inc is pleased to announce that Energhe S.p.A. has made Thermal Energy International’s GEM venturi orifice steam traps its steam trap of choice following rigorous testing at Ferrero Group’s headquarters in Alba, Italy.   Founded in 2007 by parent company, Ferrero Group, Energhe S.p.A. develops energy efficient projects and financial savings for ...

  • Opening markets for CSP – the industrial heat application

    Heavy industry can be a viable secondary market today for CSP producers, but questions remain on whether start-up costs are justifiable for industrial users, and how reliable CSP can be for processes that can't pace production by the sun. Solar thermal heat implies steam, and industries that need steam include refining, food processing, wood-working, desalination and chemicals, among others. ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Guest Post: 2012 - The Year Renewables Became a Problem

    Looking back on the energy news from 2012 there are a couple of over-riding trends. On a positive note, with significant taxpayer and/or ratepayer financial support through direct subsidies and Feed-In-Tariffs (FITs) renewable electrical generation is starting to have a major impact in several jurisdictions.  On May 25 Germany set a new record for solar energy with production of 22 GW, ...


    By 3BL Media

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