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Advances in Solar Heating and Cooling by Tianshu Ge, Ruzhu Wang

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Energy efficiency and environmental impact of solar heating and cooling systems

G. Martinopoulos     International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract

Renewable energy sources compete with conventional fuels in three distinct markets: hot water and space heating, power generation, and transport fuels. Hot water for sanitary uses as well as space heating for millions of buildings is supplied by systems that employ solar energy. In this chapter, a brief overview of the global solar thermal market is presented. Furthermore, the main solar thermal technologies for heating and cooling are presented, as well as methods that can be used to estimate the environmental impact of various technologies and systems and their implementation on ...

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