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Submitted by admin on October 1, 2014

Solarthermalworld.org and IEA SHC Partnership

International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme

The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) Programme has over 35 years of international collaborative work in the field of research, development, demonstration (RD&D) and test methods for solar thermal energy and solar buildings.  The results of this work are available for researchers, policy makers, industry, utility and business representatives, builders, architects and teachers

The IEA SHC Programme is a member-based Programme with 20 member countries and 5 member organizations. Its mission is “To enhance collective knowledge and application of solar heating and cooling through international collaboration to fulfill its vision of solar thermal energy meeting 50% of low temperature heating and cooling demand by 2050."

Highlighted in the section below are some of our most recent publications: 

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Solar Heat Worldwide- 2014 edition (2014)

Submitted by Pam Murphy on October 1, 2014

The IEA SHC annual statistics report, Solar Heat Worldwide, provides data from 58 countries, representing more than 63% of the world's population and over 95% of the global solar thermal market. The 2014 edition reports on 2012 data.  With a growth of 9.4% in 2012, the installed capacity of solar collectors reached 269 GWth.

Australia: Ken Guthrie Appointed as New Chairman of IEA SHC Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 26, 2014
Ken GuthrieIt was the second time an Australian was chosen to head the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA SHC Programme): In June, Ken Guthrie was elected Chair of the Executive Committee for the next two years. Guthrie founder and Director of Sustainable Energy Transformation, a renewable energy consultancy, since August 2012 after having served as General Manager of Sustainable Environs at Sustainability Victoria for three years. Prior to that he worked in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in Victorian Government agencies since the mid 1980’s. He was instrumental in initiatives to increase solar water heating in Australia through the Renewable Energy Target, subsidies and new housing regulations. 
 

Worldwide: Initiators of Solar Process Heat Database Look to Add More Reference Projects

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 28, 2014
data baseThe middle of March saw the launch of the online database www.ship-plants.info, which has so far collected 122 projects using Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP). The database was created in the frame of Task 49/IV of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme by the International Energy Agency. The energy output of the database’s 122 solar process heat plants from around the world adds up to 87.8 MW, which is equal to 125,600 m2 of collector area. Solar process heat engineers, planners, system integrators and energy service companies are all welcome to add reference projects to the online platform. 
 

Call for Papers: International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling 2014, Beijing

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 17, 2014
SHC 2014, the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, will take place in Beijing, China, between 13 and 15 October. 2014 will mark the third year for this annual scientific conference on solar heating and cooling. Organised by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC), it offers a unique platform to discuss what’s on the mind of the international solar thermal community. In addition to key technological developments, the conference addresses market and policy matters from an international perspective. Taking place in China, this year’s conference provides a chance to get firsthand impressions from the by far biggest solar thermal market. SHC 2013 in Germany welcomed some 400 participants from 36 countries, who were able to enjoy 15 keynote speeches, 90 oral presentations and 140 poster presentations.
 

Sweden: Multi-Family Buildings Use Low Return Temperatures to Optimise Solar Yield

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 26, 2013

A greater difference of supply and return temperature in a heating circuit increases the share of energy which can be utilised from a solar thermal system or another renewable energy source. With this in mind, Swedish company Alfa Laval developed the highly efficient heat interface unit called Mini City and the control device AlfaPilot. AlfaPilot is a control system, which gives priority to renewable sources within a heating system. The Mini City ensures the desired low return temperature. One project for which the systems were installed concerned the construction of two newly built multi-family houses, each with six flats, in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert, France. Both buildings have been equipped with a solar thermal system. Since June 2013, Alfa Laval has been monitoring one of these multi-family homes.
Graphic: Alfa Laval

COPANT: One Common Standard - Better than 31 Different Ones?

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 6, 2013

To date, solar thermal energy has been a largely unregulated technology in Latin America. Most of the countries in the region are suffering from nationalised, uncoordinated and sometimes insufficient quality standards. This lack of agreement is hindering the development of a shared and mature market. The regional Pan American Standards Commission, COPANT, is now working to address the issue by creating a unified regional standard and certification scheme for solar thermal components and systems. Although it is believed that a common standard and certification could ease current trade barriers, some market players think that, depending on the kind of regulation, it could create further obstacles to trade and technology exchange.

Tunisia Funds Solar Process Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 7, 2013

Tunisia is venturing into another completely new solar thermal application area: solar process heat. After having started the national support programme Prosol first in 2005 for residential solar water heaters, then in 2009 for hotels, hamams (Turkish baths), academic houses and hospitals, Prosol Industry is now already the third scheme supporting solar thermal in the country. The National Fund for Energy Management, FNME, provides 30 % of the investment costs for a solar thermal process heat system, up to 75 Tunisian Dinar (TND) per m². The first step in the process was carrying out a market study, which identified 84 industrial premises and investigated their degree of commitment to using solar technology. The photo shows a successful FNME-supported installation at the Djerba Beach Hotel with 312 m² of collector area and a 15 m³ storage volume.
Photo: ANME

European Energy Label: A+++ for Solar Packages in 2015

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 5, 2013

On 6 September 2013, the official journal of the European Commission published the regulations for the eco-design and energy labelling of water, space and combi heaters under the Ecodesign Directive (2005/32/EC). The documents were also translated into all EU-member states’ languages. Until now, this has been the latest official step after an eight-year political process. It also marks the start of a two-year transition period up to September 2015 when the regulations will come into effect.
Figure: vA Consult

Germany: Task 39 Showcases Solar Collectors Made of Polymers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 5, 2013

An exhibition taking place as part of the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) 2013 between 23 and 25 September 2013 unveiled how solar collectors manufactured from plastic materials may look like in the future. Under the motto Efficiency and Design, the exhibits provided an insight into research trends and product innovations for solar thermal applications. The exhibition was organised by a working group of Task 39, a sub-task of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, IEA SHC.
Photo: Stephanie Banse

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