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 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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  • Photo: IEA SHC / Randy Martin

    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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  • 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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