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: 

  • Embedded thumbnail for Alexandra Troi: Exposition highlights successful modernisation of historic buildings

    Alexandra Troi: Exposition highlights successful modernisation of historic buildings

    Historic buildings shape the cities in Europe. To keep them comfortable and affordable, they need to be modernised. In an interview on the SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile Alexandra Troi presents an exhibition of 12 rollups with successful examples of retrofitted historic buildings. The...
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    Sabine Putz: Solar Heat for Cities

    Europe follows the role model of Denmark were already more than 120 towns, villages and cities use solar district heating. Adapted seasonal heat storage concepts are the big challenge of the future, says Sabine Putz in an Interview at SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile. Sabine Putz...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Prof. Rodrigo Palma: Chile has big opportunities for solar energy

    Prof. Rodrigo Palma: Chile has big opportunities for solar energy

    Solar Energy in Mining is one of the focus research areas in Chile. Circular economy within the mining sector to recover materials and energy is one of the challenges of the future, said Prof. Rodrigo Palma in the interview carried out at the SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile. The next...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Duncan Gibb: Highlights of the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report

    Duncan Gibb: Highlights of the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report

    The Renewables 2019 Global Status Report exposes the different speed of renewable energy development. Whereas a record 100 GW photovoltaic capacity was added in 2018, progress in heating cooling and transport is slow due to a lack of policy support. Duncan Gibb describes the encouraging as well as...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Dr Uli Jakob: Solar cooling reduces electricity consumption by a factor 2 to 3

    Dr Uli Jakob: Solar cooling reduces electricity consumption by a factor 2 to 3

    Global energy consumption for cooling and air conditioning is increasing rapidly and, if the projections by the Green Cooling Initiative come true, the number of AC units installed around the world will have more than tripled by 2050. Solar cooling is an electricity-saving alternative to the...
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  • Embedded thumbnail for Wim van Helden: Encouraging faster materials development for compact storage

    Wim van Helden: Encouraging faster materials development for compact storage

    Compact storage tanks with high heat storage capacity and reduced losses are one of the key component in the energy transition towards renewables. In the interview with Wim van Helden on the SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile, the researcher calls for increased research budgets for energy...
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  • SHC 2019

    SHC 2019: 15 Expert Interviews highlight technology and market trends on Tape

    At the beginning of November, the SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile brought together more than 400 researchers, industry specialists and other experts on solar heating and cooling. With 15 video interviews filmed at the conference, the conference organiser, the IEA Solar Heating and...
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  • Solar Heat for Cities – brochure and infographics

    Solar Heat for Cities – brochure and infographics

    Why is solar heat such a smart way to create sustainable communities? It improves energy security, keeps heat costs stable for at least 20 years and cuts air pollution in towns and cities. To encourage more mayors, local council members and municipal utilities to look into this cost-...
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    Solar heat cost-competitive with fossil fuels if used in large projects

    The organisers of the joint SHC/SWC 2019 conferences, which took place in November in Santiago, Chile, introduced a new session format, when they held three Research meets Business Forums. The third one on Wednesday, Deployment of Solar Thermal Solutions for Industrial Process...
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  • Touring exhibition shows retrofits in 11 historic buildings

    Touring exhibition shows retrofits in 11 historic buildings

    In October, Vienna became the first venue for the new touring exhibition Historic Buildings Energy Retrofit Atlas. At the European Congress on the Use, Management and Conservation of Buildings of Historical Value held in Austria’s capital, 12 roll-up banners showed the positive impact that...
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