Worldwide: Where the International Solar Thermal Community Meets Next

Berlin, Beijing and Munich will be three of the top spots for the solar thermal community during the following months. The International Solar Thermal Conference (ISTC) 2013, the Intersolar Europe Conference 2013 and the SMEThermal Conference 2014 will focus on important issues, such as the dynamic market development in selected countries, the application of large-scale solar thermal systems, the generation of process heat, as well as the latest developments in collector, absorber and tank manufacturing.
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Whether it is about expertise on emerging solar markets or on new technologies, on promising new application areas or on current research: The Intersolar Europe Conference 2013, which will take place at the International Congress Centre Munich from 17 to 20 June, will offer presentations worth attending.

The main topic on the morning of 18 June will be the development of the European and global market for solar thermal products. The presentation will show, analyse and elaborate on the dynamic market development in selected countries. In the afternoon, the discussion will turn to solar building. The speakers will explain the basic concepts of solar buildings, present and evaluate solutions for 50 or 100% solar coverage and introduce innovative technologies for efficient heating and cooling with solar energy. Also on the afternoon of 18 June, experts will provide the latest insights into heat storage, such as storage tanks with vacuum insulation or thermo-chemical solutions.

The next day will offer two events on solar thermal. During the session Solar Process Heat, which will start after lunch, the speakers will give an introduction to the technology of solar process heat. They will present basic concepts and report on their experience with implemented systems. The next session will deal with the technology of large-scale solar thermal systems and their use for seasonal heat storage, as well as for direct input into district heating networks.

The China Power & Clean Energy Expo China Conference (CP & CEEC) is recognised as one of the frontrunners among clean energy conferences in China, bringing together attendees and speakers from every part of the industry. The industry magazine Sun & Wind Energy, the Koelnmesse, the National Alliance for Solar Thermal Energy and the China Electricity Council will jointly organise the International Solar Thermal Conference (ISTC) as part of the CP & CEEC. The ISTC was established in 2009 and its fifth instalment will take place in Beijing from 3 to 4 July.

The conference offers international solar thermal
organisations, industry experts and senior representatives from key industry players the possibility to debate and explore such important issues as the application of large-scale solar thermal systems, product technology and certification, regulations, policies and standards, new materials and innovations, as well as the development of the solar thermal market.

The 5th SMEThermal will take place at the conference centre of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, Germany, on 18 February 2014. The conference will start with an Opening Dinner on the evening beforehand. The SMEThermal is designed as a unique platform for solar collector, absorber and tank manufacturers, as well as machinery equipment manufacturers and material suppliers. This year’s event welcomed 160 solar thermal specialists from 25 different countries (see participation list ). Next year, international CEO panels will share insights into future technologies and market forecasts, while specialists from material and machinery suppliers will present their latest innovations.

The SMEThermal 2014 will cover the following topics:

  • PVT and high temperature collectors: the new generation
  • Future design of compact thermal energy storages
  • New materials: reducing costs and sharpening the competitive edge
  • Market and technology outlook: Europe and beyond
  • How do investors think about solar thermal?

Solar thermal experts are invited to submit papers for the SMEThermal 2014. The Call for Paper will be open online until 15 August 2013.

This text was written by Stephanie Banse, a German journalist specialised in solar thermal technology (banse(@)


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