Solar heating and cooling Features for July 2010
The UK is perhaps not the first country one thinks of when talking about solar photovoltaic (PV), but the country has some great potential. Dr Serge Younes, Sustainability Services Director at WSP Environment & Energy, explores.
21 July, 2010
When talking about solar thermal, it is tempting to think only about domestic hot water, and in some cases, space heating, but solar thermal has potential for larger applications and cooling/air-conditioning. Kari Larsen looks at how solar can heat and cool Europe towards 2020.
16 July, 2010
Solar photovoltaic cells become less efficient as they get hotter, a decline that can be substantial on hot sunny days. Furthermore, solar PV is inefficient and some energy is ‘lost’ to the surrounding environment. What solar PV needs is a partner able to complement its strengths and compensate its deficiencies. Fortunately, such a partner exists – solar thermal. Now it seems the two are getting together in what could be a happy marriage.
15 July, 2010