After the successful launch of the SHC 2012 in San Francisco, the SHC 2013 will be the second event in this new series of annual scientific conferences on solar heating and cooling. The SHC 2013, the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, is going to take place in Freiburg, Germany from 23 to 25 September 2013. Now is the time to submit abstracts to the SHC website.
“The SHC 2012 in San Francisco was a great event,” Werner Weiss, Chairman of the IEA SHC, which hosted the conference, says. “From 9 to 11 July, more than 200 experts from 31 countries exchanged their opinions on the latest developments in solar heating and cooling, as well as solar buildings. “We learned about technological advancements in thermal storage, cost-competitive large-scale projects, successful public-private partnerships to develop regional solar thermal markets and much, much more.”
For the 2013 edition of the conference, the IEA SHC is joining forces with ESTIF, which has its own track record of five successful ESTEC conferences, now being continued in the SHC 2013. The SHC conferences offer a platform to debate issues catching the eye of the international solar thermal community. Technical experts, as well as marketing specialists and policy makers, are welcome to present their work and exchange their views and ideas. The conference agenda includes technical issues of systems and components, topics on a wide range of applications (architecture, cooling, district heating, process heat, urban planning and market resources), and speeches on market development and sales strategies (policies, framework conditions, global markets, standards and certification).
To ensure an objective view on the submitted abstracts, the organisers of the SHC 2013 conference will employ a “blind” review process – the reviewers will not be able to see who has handed in the abstract. Professionals who wish to present a paper at the SHC 2013 should submit a detailed version of the abstract electronically and provide enough information for the reviewers to determine the significance and quality of their work. Review criteria include originality, scientific/technical quality of the results and relevance to the conference.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is 26 April 2013. Papers must be uploaded to the SHC 2013 page as a PDF document by following the instructions given on the website. The webpage offers both the guidelines and a template to prepare the abstract for submission.
The conference proceedings will be published in Elsevier’s Energy Procedia. Elsevier is one of the world’s leading providers of scientific and technical information. Publishing the proceedings will make them available to an even larger audience and ensure that the authors’ publications can be traced and cited by others. The organisers plan to again publish a special edition of certain papers in a peer-reviewed journal.