Energy School- RE- Solar- Solar Thermal

Solar thermal systems use sunlight energy to heat water. Solar thermal technologies on the market are now efficient and highly reliable, and are used by over one million families in Europe to provide hot water and space heating. The market leaders for solar thermal installations are Germany, Greece and Austria.

Solar thermal can be used to power coolers for air conditioning and dehumidification. Because cooling demand is associated with high levels of solar radiation, solar cooling is a highly productive and very cost-effective solution.

ADVANTAGES

  • Low cost
  • Proven and reliable
  • Is available all over Europe

DISADVANTAGES

  • Seasonality (less sunlight energy is available in winter than in summer)
  • Need for thermal storage systems to store energy for night-time and for cloudy periods
 

Source:
Boyle, 2004, ” Renewable energy – power for a sustainable future”. Renewables Global status report, 2009

http://www.erec.org/renewableenergysources/solar-thermal.html

 

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