Solar Heating Articles

  • What can you achieve with a solar system and battery?

    People often ask us about energy self-sufficiency. Just how hard is it to get to that point where you no longer have to pay a large corporation each time you turn on the kettle? This will depend on your usage patterns but for most people, a mix of renewable systems is the best option. We’ve taken a look at Gabriel’s home renewable systems as an example. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gabriel ...


    By SunGift Solar Ltd

  • Why Solar Panels Are Grossly Inefficient (But Sometimes the Only Choice)

    Solar energy is an unlimited power source that, in some ways, is very inefficient. At the moment, developments in photovoltaic (PV) technology cannot meet the expectations of mainstream consumers and commercial establishments. However, this does not mean that solar generators are useless. They play a very crucial role in delivering power to far-flung locations, temporary camps and remote bases. ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • White House Briefing: Solar Goals Exceeded!

    Christine Harada Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, CEQ Christine Harada is the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion ...

  • Solar Orbiter - Case Study

    Solar Orbiter is part of ESA’s “cosmic vision” science programme exploring planets and life, the solar system, fundamental laws and the universe. Planned for launch in 2018, it continues ESA’s long heritage in space science, solar exploration, and interplanetary missions. The Mission Via an intricate series of gravitational flybys of Venus and Earth, Solar ...

  • 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.

  • Caltech working to solve the world`s energy problems with the help of inVia

    Fossil fuels are the world's main fuel source for transportation, heating and generating electricity. As a by-product, high levels of CO2 are released into the atmosphere. With the drive for sustainable energy production, a method that generates easily-stored fuel from sunlight—and absorbs CO2—is a very attractive proposition. The California Institute of Technology ...


    By Renishaw plc

  • 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 ...

  • Dockside Green Community Illuminated with Solar Area Lighting

    Client: Dockside Green Location: Victoria, British Columbia Canada Equipment: EverGEN Solar Area Lighting with BetaLED THE EDGE fixture Building a “Green” Community Carmanah solar area lighting is helping Dockside Green move forward in the development of an eco-friendly community that offers ...

  • Micropower system modeling with Homer

    The HOMER Micropower Optimization Model is a computer model developed by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to assist in the design of micropower systems and to facilitate the comparison of power generation technologies across a wide range of applications. HOMER models a power system's physical behavior and its life-cycle cost, which is the total cost of installing and operating ...


    By HOMER Energy LLC

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...


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

    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 draws. For each set of test parameters, three ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Case study - Solar thermal In Louisiana

    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 Machine for a project sponsored by ...


    By ElectraTherm

  • 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

  • Warrington Service Centre uses one way printed film for impressive effect - case study

    Location: Warrington Problem: Branding, Heat Gain, Glare Product: ARC ContraVision Warrington Service Centre Warrington Service Centre is an independently owned automobile servicing specialist based in Warrington. As members of the  Alliance Autocare Programme and the National Tyre Distribution Association,  they provide the highest standard of ...


    By ARC Window Films Ltd.

  • TPV History from 1990 to Present & Future Trends

    Abstract. Herein, the history of TPV at JX Crystals over the last 15 years is described. Our focus has been on commercial application for TPV components and systems. JX Crystals began as a spin off company when the inventors of the GaSb cell left Boeing with a license to make that cell at JX Crystals. We recosnized that III-V IR sensitive cells such as the GaSb cell were enabling for TPV systems. ...


    By JX Crystals

  • Solar Streetlights in Extreme Weather

    Nature is brimming with its different forces. They are all meant for good but can have a damaging effect on other items that it comes into contact with. Take for example anything that is outside but is not natural. It can easily get damaged by water and get rusty. Even natural things can be blown away or struck down by the very same beautiful nature. It is very easy to assume that ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

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