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New York Solar Thermal Consortium Representatives.  From left:  Clarkson University President Anthony Collins, Clarkson Professor Douglas Bohl, and CAMP Director/Distinguished University Professor S.V. Babu.

New York State Solar Thermal Roadmap Presented at NYSEIA Conference

Professor Douglas Bohl has been leading the CAMP/Clarkson University effort for the development of the New York State Solar Thermal Roadmap. This effort began in October 2009 being led by the Solar Thermal Consortium (STC) and concluded with a presentation of the final document at the NYSEIA (New York Solar Energy Industrial Association) Conference held in Albany, NY on May 13, 2010.

While 42 million solar thermal systems have been installed worldwide, the U.S. has been slow to adopt this technology. However, the U.S. sentiment is changing.  As the nation's focus on renewable energy continues to grow exponentially, the expectation is that so too will the adoption of solar thermal technology.  As such, leading solar thermal companies around the world are looking to establish production facilities in the U.S.  New York State (NYS), a first mover, is heavily focused on driving its solar thermal industry development. This new industry will create manufacturing and high skilled jobs and drive the development of a new sustainable industry.


Figure 1. Schematic of a typical residential Solar Thermal System.  This system can be used to provide hot water for domestic use (DHW), for space heating, or it could be sized to provide both in a "combi" system.

The Solar Thermal Roadmap builds upon global best practices that have worked in other regions to create markets for this proven technology, while encouraging new ideas that will help build New York as a leader in this emerging industry. This combination will result in environmental, employment, and economic development benefits to the state.

The Solar Thermal Consortium (STC) has been working to make New York State a leader in this surging solar thermal industry. As part of its initiatives, the consortium has developed the Solar Thermal Roadmap, has identified the roadblocks, and created a path to spur increased development, investment, manufacturing, sales, and deployment of solar thermal technologies in the state. See Figure 1.

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