Question 1: Solar Thermal Energy – 120 marks Analyse solar energy available for a thermal application

Question 1: Solar Thermal Energy – 120 marks Analyse solar energy available for a thermal application at the place of your employment, or at some other specific industrial, commercial, or rural enterprise at a location within 50 km of the postal address you have registered with.  You are required to briefly describe the enterprise, its location, building(s) and the space available for collection of solar energy.   The application for the solar energy will be a thermal process/technology.  Options include: (1) solar water heating; (2) solar thermal concentrating systems for power production; (3) solar thermal energy collection for air-conditioning / refrigeration applications; and (4) solar thermal energy for heating and drying applications.   Direct electricity generation via photovoltaics is not a thermal technology and does NOT fall within the scope of this particular assignment question. (a) Present an annotated map/satellite image showing the location of the site/building(s) (latitude and longitude).  Describe the site/building(s) and its location relative to the postal address you have registered with USQ. Define the maximum footprint available for installation of the planned solar thermal collector system.         [10 marks] (b) What is the application for the thermal energy?  Will a new service be offered through the solar thermal installation, or will the installation replace an existing service delivered through nonrenewable energy technologies?  How will the enterprise benefit from this renewable energy initiative?  Define the amount of energy required, when this energy is required (specifying the variations on a daily and monthly basis) and the temperature at which this energy must be delivered in this application.  Clearly describe your assumptions.


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