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: 

  • Solar Heat Worldwide Title

    IEA SHC: Solar Heat Worldwide Highlights Remarkable Achievements and Addresses Challenges

    In late May, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) published its annual report titled Solar Heat Worldwide (see the attached document). It is the most comprehensive study of solar heating and cooling markets around the globe and has been referenced by international...
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  • Task 54 RWTH Aachen

    IEA SHC Task 54: Investigating Cost Factors Along the Value Chain

    Researchers have worked intensively for one-and-a-half years across national borders to find ways of reducing the costs of solar thermal systems and making them more attractive to end users. The members of Task 54 of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, Price Reduction of Solar...
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  • Villa Castelli

    IEA SHC: How to Turn Historic Structures into Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

    More than one-fourth of all residential buildings in Europe date from before 1945. Over the past decade, preservationists have taken to the idea of renovating historic structures in an energy-efficient manner. The planned IEA SHC task titled Deep Renovation of Historic Buildings Towards...
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  • IEA SHC: New Task to Push Emerging PVT Industry

    IEA SHC: New Task to Push Emerging PVT Industry

    Inventors and start-ups have been trying to combine photovoltaic and solar thermal collectors into one product for many years. Finally, a new industry seems to be emerging. The IEA SHC task Application of PVT collectors and new solutions with PVT systems, which is currently being...
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  • IEA SHC: Thirty Net Zero Energy Buildings in One Book

    IEA SHC: Thirty Net Zero Energy Buildings in One Book

    The joint SHC Task 40 / EBC Annex 52 project Towards Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings has been one of the largest of the Technology Collaboration Programmes IEA Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) / Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC). As many as 86 experts from 19 countries collaborated...
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  • District Heating Workshop Netherlands

    Netherlands: Solar Thermal Benefits from SDE+ Solar Heat Tariff

    In the Netherlands, solar district heating plants with a capacity of 140 kWth or above can benefit from a feed-in tariff scheme called SDE+, which pays a certain amount per kWh of energy. Under the scheme, operators of renewable energy plants can apply for a subsidy to bridge the...
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  • IEA SHC Task 50

    IEA SHC Task 50: LightingRetrofitAdviser.com for Investors and Planners

    A redesign of lighting systems in office or public buildings helps to save electricity and improve lighting quality, as the office building of the Austrian company Bartenbach on the photos shows. However, lighting systems are rarely upgraded: For example, in Germany, retrofits can only be...
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  • SHC Solar Academy

    Webinar: Advanced Lighting Solutions for Retrofitting Buildings

    LED technology has greatly changed the face of the lighting market: In just a few years, lighting systems have become twice as efficient and half as expensive. Planners are challenged to keep track of the fast technological developments occurring as they work with clients to find the most...
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  • IEA SHC Task 53

    IEA SHC Task 53: Innovative Solar Cooling Systems

    The biggest challenge for a small market like the solar cooling one – which has still a long way to go – is how to reduce system costs. One way to achieve this objective besides increasing market volume is standardisation. Companies from around the globe have responded to the challenge by...
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  • SHC 2017 and Solar World Congress

    SHC 2017 and Solar World Congress Jointly Call for Papers

    Masdar Institute of Science and Technology will host the key solar heating and cooling conference this year in Abu Dhabi from 29 October to 2 November. Two major organizations in the solar arena joined forces to offer a conference with a wide range of solar heating and cooling topics: IEA...
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