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: 

  • Germany: Polymer Collector Design for EUR 25 Production

    Germany: Polymer Collector Design for EUR 25 Production

    During project ExKoll, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Fraunhofer ISE, have developed a new low-cost design for solar thermal collectors. The entire production of an 80 cm x 160 cm collector made of polypropylene (PP, drawing on the right) with an...
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  • Austria: Task 42 Meeting on Compact Thermal Energy Storage Systems

    Austria: Task 42 Meeting on Compact Thermal Energy Storage Systems

    IEA-SHC Task 42, entitled Compact Thermal Energy Storage, has entered into its final year and will end in December 2015. In February 2015, 44 scientists met for the 13th Experts Task Meeting in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the characterisation and development of materials for...
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  • New Report on Heat Rejection Systems for Solar Cooling (2015)

    This report presents an overview of existing and novel concepts for heat rejection devices in solar cooling systems and recommends which heat rejection measures should be used under different boundary conditions (climate, system concept, etc.). Several components include a performance...

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  • Pioneering Municipality Wins 2014 SHC Solar Award (2014)

    The 2014 SHC Solar Award was presented to the French city Montmélian la Solaire. The Mayor, Mrs. Béatrice Santais, received the award on behalf of city at the IEA SHC’s International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for...

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  • SHC Solar Update Newsletter (2014)

    Don't miss reading the latest SHC Solar Update newsletter.  This issue highlights China, work on solar cooling, solar and urban planning, solar and heat pumps and the new global certification network plus other news and the latest free SHC...

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  • Solar Energy complements Building Architecture (2014)

    A free IEA SHC online database of 50 projects from 11 countries highlights how active and passive solar can decrease energy demand and enhance a building's architectural quality 

    Author: Maria Wall

    Date: October 2014

    Access the database at ...

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  • Norway: Research Community Visits Estate Built with Polymer Collectors

    Norway: Research Community Visits Estate Built with Polymer Collectors

    Norwegian collector manufacturer Aventa and the University of Oslo’s Department of Physics jointly hosted two meetings in the middle of October: The meeting of Task 39 (Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications) of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and...
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  • Solar Heat Worldwide- 2014 edition (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...

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