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History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

Cover Image Copyright Year: 1997
Author(s): Beattie, D.
Publisher: MIT Press
Content Type : Books & eBooks
Topics: Power, Energy, & Industry Applications
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Abstract

This final volume in a series that has surveyed advances in solar energy research since the oil shock of the early 1970s provides a broad overview of the U.S. solar thermal program. It summarizes the conclusions of each of the nine technical volumes in the series and offers lessons drawn from the program for future governmental efforts to foster specific technologies.Reading this history, it becomes clear that what was unique about the federal solar program was its attempt to create research guidelines that included commercialization as part of the expected outcome. The three contributors, all active participants in the solar project, are quite candid about what worked and what did not (and why). The result is a tale of bureaucracy and politics worth pondering as we debate the proper relationship between government and science.

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      Front Matter

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): i - xvii
      Copyright Year: 1997

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Half Title, Solar Heat Technologies: Fundamentals and Applications, Title, Copyright, Contents, Preface and Acknowledgments, Series Acknowledgments, List of Acronyms View full abstract»

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      About this Volume

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 1 - 14
      Copyright Year: 1997

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Setting the Scene, The Budgets, The Organizations, The RD&D and Commercialization Program Support Structure, The Results View full abstract»

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      About this Series

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 15 - 22
      Copyright Year: 1997

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Background, Project Objectives, Approach View full abstract»

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      The Early Years of Federal Solar Energy Programs

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 23 - 44
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Initial Organized Activities, NSF's Early Support, NSF Becomes the Lead Agency for the Solar Energy Program, The Nixon Administration Proposes an Expansion of Energy Programs, RANN's Initial, Large-Scale Solar School Projects, 1974: The Year of Solar Prominence, Project Independence (Blueprint), Notes View full abstract»

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      The Buildup Years: 1974–1977

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 45 - 108
      Copyright Year: 1997

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Congressional Activities, International Energy Cooperation, The Ford Foundation's Energy Policy Project, A National Solar Energy Program Is Submitted to Congress, Establishment and Impact of ERDA, Birth of the Solar Energy Research Institute, John Teem's Resignation, Barriers and Incentives to the Use of Solar Energy, Major ERDA Energy Studies, Budgets and Budgets, Establishment of the Department of Energy, Notes View full abstract»

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      The Growth Years: 1977–1980

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 109 - 137
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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Carter Administration Settles In, The Carter Administration's Recommitment to Solar Energy, The Solar Program's Field Support Structure, The Evolution of the Solar Energy Industry Association, Major New Legislation, Situation at the End of the Carter Administration, Note View full abstract»

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      The Contraction and Redirection Years: 1981–1988 (and Beyond)

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 139 - 180
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      This chapter contains sections titled: The First Reagan Administration, The Second Reagan Administration, The Demise of the Solar Tax Credits, Overview of Renewable Energy Budgets during the Reagan Administrations, The Slow Recovery Years View full abstract»

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      Significant Results of the Federal Solar R&D Programs

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 181 - 236
      Copyright Year: 1997

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      This chapter contains sections titled: Solar Resource Analysis, Solar Energy Economics, Solar Heat Technology, Solar Technologies for Buildings, The Energy Dynamics of Buildings, Passive Heating Systems, Passive Cooling, Active Systems, Solar Architecture and Planning, Solar Thermal Technologies for Industry and Power, Implementation of Solar Thermal Technologies, Note View full abstract»

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      Observations and Lessons Learned

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 237 - 256
      Copyright Year: 1997

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Why a Government Role in Energy, Government Energy Policies: What Will Work?, Role of Government in Energy RD&D, Management Changes and Shifting Program Goals, Needed Procurement Changes, Note View full abstract»

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      Appendix: Outline of the Solar Heat Technologies Series

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 257 - 264
      Copyright Year: 1997

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Volume 2: Solar Resources, edited by Roland L. Holstrom, Volume 3: Economic Analysis of Solar Thermal Energy Systems, edited by Ronald E. West and Frank Kreith, Volume 4: Fundamentals of Building Energy Dynamics, edited by Bruce D. Hunn, Volume 5: Solar Collectors, Energy Storage, and Materials, edited by Francis de Winter, Volume 6: Active Solar Systems, edited by George Lor, Volume 7: Passive Solar Buildings, edited by J. Douglas Balcomb, Volume 8: Passive Cooling, edited by Jeffrey Cook, Volume 9: Solar Building Architecture, edited by Bruce Anderson, Volume 10: Implementation of Solar Thermal Technology, edited by Ronal Larson and Ronald E. West View full abstract»

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      Contributors

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 265 - 267
      Copyright Year: 1997

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      This final volume in a series that has surveyed advances in solar energy research since the oil shock of the early 1970s provides a broad overview of the U.S. solar thermal program. It summarizes the conclusions of each of the nine technical volumes in the series and offers lessons drawn from the program for future governmental efforts to foster specific technologies.Reading this history, it becomes clear that what was unique about the federal solar program was its attempt to create research guidelines that included commercialization as part of the expected outcome. The three contributors, all active participants in the solar project, are quite candid about what worked and what did not (and why). The result is a tale of bureaucracy and politics worth pondering as we debate the proper relationship between government and science. View full abstract»

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      Index

      Beattie, D.
      History and Overview of Solar Heat Technologies

      Page(s): 269 - 278
      Copyright Year: 1997

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      This final volume in a series that has surveyed advances in solar energy research since the oil shock of the early 1970s provides a broad overview of the U.S. solar thermal program. It summarizes the conclusions of each of the nine technical volumes in the series and offers lessons drawn from the program for future governmental efforts to foster specific technologies.Reading this history, it becomes clear that what was unique about the federal solar program was its attempt to create research guidelines that included commercialization as part of the expected outcome. The three contributors, all active participants in the solar project, are quite candid about what worked and what did not (and why). The result is a tale of bureaucracy and politics worth pondering as we debate the proper relationship between government and science. View full abstract»