IEA SHC

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: 

  • Photo: Randy Martin, IEA SHC

    Kyotherm wins 2019 SHC Solar Award

    Kyotherm, a French-based third-party investor, has won the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme’s Solar Award for financing energy service companies (ESCOs) so end users in the industrial sector can reap economic benefits from day one. The first solar thermal project supported by...
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  • Photo: Randy Martin, IEA SHC

    Start of SHC/SWC 2019 in Chile

    As many as two Chilean government ministers welcomed attendees to the joint SHC 2019 and SWC 2019 conference in the capital of Santiago this week: Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobet and Science Minister Andrés Couve. While it is rare to see high-ranking officials attend research conferences...
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  • Illustration: Cover page of the Materials Acceleration Platform report

    Encouraging faster materials development for compact storage

    Research and industry experts in thermochemical storage materials are invited to participate in a workshop that will take place on 11 and 12 November in Erlangen, Germany. The objective of the event will be to outline a road map to a Thermal Energy Storage Materials Acceleration...
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  • Photo: Mission Innovation

    Global support for solar cooling in sunbelt regions

    Transferring knowledge and solar cooling technology to sunbelt countries in Africa, on the Mediterranean coast and in Asia will be the main aim of a new research platform planned by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme (IEA SHC). This topic also fits under the roof of the Innovation...
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  • Photo: Sun Wei. ©2014 Beijing Institute of Residential Building Design and Research

    Solar planning experts meet in France

    Between 22 and 24 October, the University of Savoie Mont Blanc in Le Bourget-du-Lac, France, will be the venue for the first meeting about research platform Solar Neighborhood Planning. Professor Christophe Ménézo, who is organising the event, is inviting experts from a wide...
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  • Photo: Chr. Dahle, Aventa

    Webinar: How to use facades to generate solar energy

    The focus of the next IEA SHC Solar Academy webinar will be on the assessment, onsite monitoring and simulation of building-integrated solar systems. On 18 September, three experts who work for Task 56, Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems for HVAC and Lighting, will share...
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  • Illustration: PlanEnergi

    Danish SDH market reaches new milestone

    Denmark has consolidated its lead in the global solar district heating market, as capacity topped 1 GWth in August. The 120 solar district heating plants that are now in operation throughout the country total 1.1 GWth (around 1.6 million m²), according to statistics...
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  • Best practice examples of urban solar projects exceed expectations

    Best practice examples of urban solar projects exceed expectations

    Researchers working for the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme have created a list of urban solar heat projects that not only met but exceeded the ambitious aims set for them initially: Seven best-practice examples and two scoping studies of systems in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden...
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  • SHC solar award: Six successful business models

    SHC solar award: Six successful business models

    The focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) will be on technology suppliers and financial service providers that have created successful financing mechanisms. The jury has chosen six finalists, one of which will be presented with the SHC...
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  • Reducing energy consumption in historic buildings

    Reducing energy consumption in historic buildings

    A meeting in mid-April, Copenhagen, Denmark, gave members of IEA SHC research platform Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy (Task 59) the opportunity to meet researchers working on the EU Horizon 2020 project Robust Internal Thermal Insulation of Historic Buildings...
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  • New Solar Keymark Network Rules Allow On-Site Testing

    New Solar Keymark Network Rules Allow On-Site Testing

    The Solar Keymark Network has expanded its range of options by including in situ testing. At a meeting in March 2019, a revised version of the Solar Keymark (SK) Scheme Rules was approved to allow collector efficiency tests in a real-life environment. It is now possible to create efficiency...
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  • Regional Sustainable Energy Centres join IEA SHC

    Regional Sustainable Energy Centres join IEA SHC

    The UNIDO-coordinated Regional Sustainable Energy Centres will become sponsor members of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme, a decision made by the IEA SHC Executive Committee at a meeting in Austria in early June. Seven Regional Centres for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency...
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