Nowadays commercial solar heating and cooling installations can be found in many different application areas. In
this Newsletter our editorial team presents some examples of these installations: a concentrating PV/T system in Sweden supplies electricity, heating and cooling to a local hospital. In Saudi Arabia, the world's largest solar thermal collector field (with 36,305 m2) is going to be installed on the rooftop of a University for women. A solar cooling installation in Dubai was designed to cover half of the cooling demand of an office building with 6,000 m2 floor space.
The editorial team
|Dubai: Solar-Cooled, 6,000 m² Office Building
by Bärbel Epp
Under the burning sun of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 161 m2 of vacuum tube collectors from the Irish manufacturer Kingspan Renewables provide enough heat for 6 small-size absorption chillers with a 10 kW cooling capacity each, property of the Swedish company Climatewell. The chillers should cover half of the cooling demand of the office building, which also includes a training facility and a warehouse.Read more here
Sweden: Solar Electricity, Heating and Cooling for a Local Hospital
by Bärbel Epp
Electricity, heating and cooling provided by one single energy plant, all simultaneously. This is the special feature of the recently inaugurated solar installation at the Närvård Härnösand hospital. The main component of the system are the PV/T collectors from the Swedish company Absolicon. The market-ready PV/T collector consists of a silver reflector protected from the elements by a glass cover and an east-west tracking unit. Read more here
USA: A.O. Smith, Rheem and Bradford White Discover Solar Technology
by Bärbel Epp
The three major US-American water heater manufacturers - A.O. Smith, Rheem and Bradford White - are investing in the solar thermal sector. All of them are specialised in solar water heaters of the size of 60 / 80 and 120 gallons. Rheem and A.O. Smith offer additionally full kits by purchasing collectors from OEM manufacturers. Read more here
India: New Incentive Guidelines for Low and Medium Temperature Applications
by Jaideep Malaviya
the framework of the National Solar Mission, on 17th of June, the Federal Government of India announced a new set of financing guidelines intended for off-grid solar systems. Among the different technologies, these new guidelines consider both low and medium temperature solar thermal systems, as well as off-grid PV systems.
Saudi Arabia: Largest Solar Thermal Plant in the World with 36,305 m² by Bärbel Epp
Millennium Energy Industries (MEI), one of the leading providers of solar heating and cooling solutions in the Middle East and North Africa, was awarded the contract for the world's largest solar heating project. The plant is being installed on the roof of the central university building of the new Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University for Women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Austrian collector specialist Greenonetec was chosen to supply the needed 3,630 collectors in a record time.
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