Thermal Energy: Solar Technologies

Authored by: Muhammad Asif , Tariq Muneer

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120042348

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Abstract

Solar thermal technologies are amongst the most diverse and effective renewable energy technologies. They range from low-temperature (<70°C) and simple in operation technologies such as solar space heating and solar cooking to high-temperature (>200°C) and sophisticated ones like solar air conditioning and solar thermal power generation. Solar thermal technologies, similarly, have a broad economic bandwidth amongst them. The most successful application of solar thermal technologies so far has been in the form of solar water heating. In this entry, a brief overview of the prominent solar thermal technologies has been presented in which the technology fundamental and operational principles of these technologies have been precisely discussed.

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