Low-temperature solar thermal systems: An untapped energy resource in the United States

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Abstract

The need to deploy low temperature solar thermal systems as an energy source for the US posing potential benefits is discussed. It is believed that research and development (R&D) must be better supported at the federal and state level unless there is sufficient market and profit for the solar manufacturers to adequately support in-house R&D. Efforts to identify more cost-effective materials and manufacturing processes should be expanded, focusing on development of polymer-based systems which are cost effective when production capacity is scaled up. It is believed that strong and sustained investments in R&D can be expected to lead a cost-competitive system which will be attractive to the US households and business.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-306
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Volume127
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2005

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