Solar Heating Articles

  • Energy Storage 301: Solar + Storage Economics - Case Study

    In this post we examine the economics of solar + storage. Specifically, we calculate the value of solar and storage for two commercial buildings in each of three markets: California, New York, and Hawaii. We find solar and storage are strongly synergistic in all three markets. The NPVs of solar + storage investments are greater than the sum of the NPVs of solar investments and storage investments ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) - Case Studies

    Case Study: “GHP schools used approximately 26% less source energy per square foot of floor area,” according to an evaluation of Lincoln, Nebraska schools by the Department of Energy. The report concludes that the schools using GHP technology “outperform others in the school district.” Case Study: Annual electrical consumption in Fort Polk ...

  • Ground Source Heat Pump installed in eco house

    This case study looks at a ground source heat pump being installed in London. A Ground Source Heat Pump was chosen as a sustainable and energy efficient way to provide 100% space heating and hot water for this 550m2 new build eco-house in East London. A Heat Recovery Mechanical Ventilation System was also utilised, which, together with Solar Thermal hot water and LED lighting give this stunning ...


    By Ground Sun

  • Renewable Heat Incentive to Boost Solar Installations in the UK

    The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which was initially launched in November 2011 for industrial, business and public-sector organizations, is now open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords, and self-builders. The scheme pays participants to use renewable energy to heat their homes and is expected to boost revenue in the household solar panel installation market while at the same ...


  • 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

  • Eco-Brella: prototype development of the umbrella as harvester of solar and wind energies

    The familiar umbrella has been redesigned for power harvesting from renewable energy sources resulting in the Eco-Brella . Several engineering technologies are utilised: aerodynamics for fin design, mechatronics for power management, materials for thermoelectric and solar film, CAD for the layout, and heat transfer for human comfort. The result is a sustainable design capable of harvesting ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Italy: the next CSP hotspot?

    Italy could potentially have a booming CSP market, thanks to high DNI levels in the southern parts of the country and in the main islands of Sardinia and Sicily – where one of the newest CSP plants, the 50 MW Mazara, is being built. Feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) for CSP generation and industrial needs for process heat should make the market even more attractive. So why aren't developers flocking ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Solar Energy and Power Importance

    Have you ever wondered why solar energy or power is important? You are not alone in this because it is the common question of all. Before we can understand why solar energy is important we should have a good idea of what solar energy is. Solar energy is produced by the sun. It can be harnessed like any other type of energy and used to ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • The Burning Facts About Solar

    Did you know that solar Energy comes in different forms?  As we all know, the development of solar energy is important because of its great contribution to our electricity sources. We might even think that it is just a simple development that deals about replacing and becoming one of the alternatives for our electricity sources that we can find. When talking about the development of solar ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar hot water system

    Solar hot water systems (e.g. residential) do not produce steam, for example. Thus, solar hot water systems cannot push a steam turbine and will not generate electrical power. Solar hot water systems are used for heating and hot water requirements, not electrical power. If this is offsetting electrical hot water or electrical heat, then these are more like 'negawatts' than Terawatts. Steam ...


    By Power Inverter Co

  • V.E. Petersen Co., Inc., cuts energy usage by 30 percent with solar array built by Rudolph/Libbe Companies

    A new, 28kW rooftop solar array is reducing energy costs usage by 30 percent for V.E. Petersen Co., Inc., based in Walbridge, OH.  Rudolph/Libbe Inc., of Walbridge, developed, designed and built the rooftop solar array. GEM Inc., of Walbridge, performed electrical work. The solar panels were manufactured by ISOFOTON, in Napoleon, ...


    By Rudolph/Libbe Companies

  • Solar power generation by photovoltaic technology

    The various forms of solar energy, solar heat, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electricity, and solar fuels offer a clean, climate-friendly, very abundant and in-exhaustive energy resource to mankind. Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaic (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). The research has been under way since the ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Potential of membrane distillation – a comprehensive review

    Membrane distillation (MD) is a recent and unique separation technology, in use in the process industry. The process of separation in MD involves the simultaneous heat and mass transfer through a hydrophobic semi permeable membrane, using thermal energy. Consequently a separation of the feed solution into two components – the permeate or product and the retentate or the return stream occurs. MD ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • Retrofit for the future project - funded by the technology strategy board

    A terraced house in Birmingham was refurbished with a target to cut heating bills by at least £1,000 a year and CO2 by 80%. The project aimed to address specific barriers to large scale low carbon housing retrofit. Measures to improve the energy efficiency of the house were carried out such as the application of exterior wall cladding and the installation of solar PV. Encraft will monitor ...


    By Encraft Ltd

  • 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

  • Infrastructural and policy challenges with achieving fossil fuels free energy supply: the case of the City of Leeuwarden

    The city council of Leeuwarden has an ambitious goal - to make the city's overall energy supply fully independent from fossil fuels by the year 2020. All energy required by the city should be derived either from sun, wind, geothermal sources and/or locally produced 'green' gas. To achieve this goal the city has initiated the programme 'Slim with Water and Energy', focusing on four themes: energy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Better surfaces could help dissipate heat

    Heat transfer in everything from computer chips to powerplants could be improved through new analysis of surface textures. Written by David Chandler, MIT News Office.You can read the original new in MIT NewsCooling systems that use a liquid that changes phase — such as water ...

  • Harnessing the Sun`s Energy for Water and Space Heating

    The pace of solar energy development is accelerating as the installation of rooftop solar water heaters takes off. Unlike solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that convert solar radiation into electricity, these "solar thermal collectors" use the sun's energy to heat water, space, or both. China had an estimated 168 million square meters (1.8 billion square feet) of rooftop solar thermal collectors ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Rural house with swimming pool, Perthshire

    At this site in Scotland the owner has achieved a high level of energy independence using a mix of renewable energy sources, including a Gaia-Wind turbine. Average annual wind energy production: 25,000 kWh Background At this site in Kinrossie, Perthshire, the owners’ goal was to achieve a high level of energy independence using a mix of renewable energy ...


    By Gaia-Wind Ltd.

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