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Solar water heating in Cyprus: current status of technology and problems


  • Kalogirou, Soteris


The Cyprus energy scene is first presented in this paper and it is shown that 6.5% of the annual energy demand is provided from solar energy. This energy is mainly used in the domestic sector (93.5%) for hot water production. The present status of the Cyprus solar water heating industry is then presented followed by analysis of the various possible problems faced during the life of a solar water heating system with respect to poor hot water quality (temperature) and quantity. The analysis is presented in the form of a cause and effect diagram. The main causes of problems are identified as arising from materials and production, design, installation, operation, transportation, environment and climate and maintenance.

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  • Kalogirou, Soteris, 1997. "Solar water heating in Cyprus: current status of technology and problems," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 10(1), pages 107-112.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:renene:v:10:y:1997:i:1:p:107-112
    DOI: 10.1016/0960-1481(96)00019-5

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    1. Kalogirou, S.A. & Lloyd, S., 1992. "Use of solar Parabolic Trough Collectors for hot water production in Cyprus. A feasibility study," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 2(2), pages 117-124.
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    1. Kaldellis, J.K. & El-Samani, K. & Koronakis, P., 2005. "Feasibility analysis of domestic solar water heating systems in Greece," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 30(5), pages 659-682.
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    3. Florides, G.A & Kalogirou, S.A & Tassou, S.A & Wrobel, L.C, 2000. "Modeling of the modern houses of Cyprus and energy consumption analysis," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 25(10), pages 915-937.
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    6. Chang, K. & Lee, T. & Chung, K., 2006. "Solar water heaters in Taiwan," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 31(9), pages 1299-1308.
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    9. Maxoulis, Christos N. & Charalampous, Harris P. & Kalogirou, Soteris A., 2007. "Cyprus solar water heating cluster: A missed opportunity?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(6), pages 3302-3315, June.
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