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: 

  • Austria: Optimising of Large-scale Collector Fields

    Austria: Optimising of Large-scale Collector Fields

    One key aspect of the energy and cost optimisation of large-scale collector fields (called arrays in this news) is collector array hydraulics. Optimal connection is achieved when (1) the costs and length of the connecting pipes is small, (2) the pressure drop over the entire array is low...
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  • Solar Cooling: Results Diagram Directs Stakeholders to Content of Interest

    Solar Cooling: Results Diagram Directs Stakeholders to Content of Interest

    The best solar research results are of little use if they are not distributed and known to stakeholders from the industry, planning departments or public authorities involved in the related field work. This becomes an even more important point if the aim of the research is to “...
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  • Meet Where the Continents Meet: SHC2015 in Istanbul

    Meet Where the Continents Meet: SHC2015 in Istanbul

    Two continents meet in Istanbul, in a metropolis of 15 million. More than 230 researchers and industry representatives from five continents used this strategic spot for their participation in SHC2015, a high-level conference which took place at the beginning of December and focused on...
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  • IEA SHC Task 49: Solar Process Heat Showcase in Montpellier

    IEA SHC Task 49: Solar Process Heat Showcase in Montpellier

    Industry participation is key for the research work of IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme. Hence, the researchers of Task 49, Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes, used the last meeting in France in mid-September to hold a one-day workshop dedicated to...
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  • Solar Cooling 2.0: New Generation Growing Up

    Solar Cooling 2.0: New Generation Growing Up

    The workshop New Generation Solar Cooling & Heating Systems held in Rome, Italy, on 23 September 2015 was the opportunity to check the status of both research on and market developments in solar cooling technology. The half-day event, which had about 40 participants, was jointly...
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  • IEA SHC: 20 Country Profile Analyse Market and Industry Development

    IEA SHC: 20 Country Profile Analyse Market and Industry Development

    “The Renewable Heat Incentive in the United Kingdom has failed to stimulate the market for solar thermal, which continues to contract. There are technical issues in the regulations preventing the use of solar thermal with other renewable heating systems, such as biomass and heat...
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  • IEA SHC: Attractive Solar Process Heat Markets

    IEA SHC: Attractive Solar Process Heat Markets

    Which countries are currently attractive markets for solar process heat? Different sources give different answers to this question. The chart above shows the assessment of the solar industry. More than 30 % of the Austrian solar collector manufacturers in the two surveys in 2012 and 2013...
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