After San Francisco, Freiburg and Beijing, it is now Istanbul’s turn to host the next international conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, SHC 2015, from 2 to 4 December 2015. This year, the IEA SHC is partnering with the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, ESTIF, and GÜNDER, the Turkish Section of the International Solar Energy Society. As in previous years, the conference will be organised by German service provider PSE. The recently started call for papers accepts submissions until 6 July 2015. Three conference chairs (from left) – Bülent Yeşilata (GÜNDER), Pedro Dias (ESTIF) and Daniel Mugnier (IEA SHC) – and a conference committee are in charge of setting up a conference programme which will cover a large variety of topics.
Papers can cover technology issues (systems and components), market reports and framework conditions, as well as applications from residential water heating to urban integration of solar thermal technologies (all topics will be listed on www.shc2015.org). Abstracts of a maximum of 2 pages are to be uploaded as PDFs to the website. Online registration will start on 22 August 22, with early-bird offers up to 22 September 2015.
Industry Day targets competitiveness, new markets and trends
A newly established Industry Day will take place during SHC 2015 and will bring together stakeholders from the sector to invite discussions about the latest industry developments. Some of the special day’s topics will be new markets and products, competitiveness, and technological trends. ESTIF will be responsible for setting up the programme.
Turkey is the second-largest solar thermal market worldwide and boasts an estimated 1.9 million m² of new collector area installed in 2013 (around 1.3 GWth). With a population reaching 76.7 million, the country has seen its energy consumption increase at a steady pace, combined with a rapidly growing economy. Renewables are viewed as an important means to lower import dependencies on fossil fuels and to overcome the current public deficit. According to IEA SHC data, Turkey imports energy worth USD 60 billion – a quarter of total imports into Turkish territory. But as has been the case with most European countries, Turkey’s policy focuses rather on renewable electricity than renewable heat. For example, the Turkish National Renewable Energy Action Plan published in December 2014 (see the attached document) by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources only stipulates renewable electricity targets. Hence, an international solar heating and cooling conference in Istanbul may also make the Turkish government aware of the benefits of substituting oil and gas with solar heating and cooling technology.