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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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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

Germany: Time to Upload Abstracts for SHC 2013 Conference

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 20, 2012

After the successful launch of the SHC 2012 in San Francisco, the SHC 2013 will be the second event in this new series of annual scientific conferences on solar heating and cooling. The SHC 2013, the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, is going to take place in Freiburg, Germany from 23 to 25 September 2013. Now is the time to submit abstracts to the SHC website.

Solar Heat Worldwide - Markets and Contribution to Energy Supply 2010 (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on May 21, 2012

This report has been written by Werner Weiss and Franz Mauthner in contribution to the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC). It documents the solar thermal capacity installed in 55 countries, and ascertains the contribution of solar thermal systems to the supply of energy and the CO¬2 emissions avoided as a result of operating these systems.

Solar Heat Worldwide. Markets and Contribution to the Energy Supply (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 25, 2011

This report was prepared within the framework of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) as an update of the one issued in 2009. The report documents the solar thermal capacity installed in the important markets worldwide and its contribution in terms of supply of energy and CO2 emissions reduction. Documented collectors comprise unglazed collectors, glazed flat-plate and evacuated tube collectors with water as the energy carrier, as well as glazed and unglazed air collectors.

USA: Second Workshop for Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 11, 2011

 SHC Logo” The 2nd Workshop for Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, taking place in Las Vegas on 2 February, will bring together top experts from Europe and North America - among them Christian Holter, SOLID (Austria), Steve Hunter, Vanir Energy (California/US), Daniel Mugnier, TECSOL (France), and Tom Lopp, Power Partners, Athens (Georgia/US).

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