IEA SHC

  • “Solar thermal cooling reduces the strain on the power grid”

    “Solar thermal cooling reduces the strain on the power grid”

    Global IEA Solar Heating and Cooling research platform Task 65, called Solar Cooling for the Sunbelt Regions, aims to provide countries in Africa, Asia and the MENA region with specifications and know-how of solar thermal and PV air conditioning. To achieve this, researchers and...
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  • Strong European research network meets at Eurosun

    Strong European research network meets at Eurosun

    Yesterday marked the start of the first virtual Eurosun. More than 200 experts from the worlds of research and business had signed up for the three-day event organised by the International Solar Energy...

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  • Global perspective on solar heating and cooling

    Global perspective on solar heating and cooling

    Solar thermal is increasingly used to provide district heat around the world. In 2019, the market grew by about 170 % in Denmark but also expanded in other countries, such as China and Germany, mainly because the technology became more cost-competitive. Another factor driving growth was...
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  • Hybrid solutions maximise solar yield per area

    Hybrid solutions maximise solar yield per area

    A record 840 people registered for the PVT solutions for buildings and industry webinar in order to learn more about the wide range of applications in which hybrid PV-Thermal systems can be used. This two-in-one technology offers attractive payback periods whenever a constant amount of heat...
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  • Solar Energy Buildings to make cities fit for the future

    Solar Energy Buildings to make cities fit for the future

    Buildings account for around 40 % of the world’s primary energy consumption. Hence, they are the number one cause of resource consumption on earth. Because not every urban neighbourhood all over the world can be connected to district heating, local governments and building owners may need...
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  • Source: ZAE Bayern

    In search of cost-effective, advanced PCMs

    Salt hydrates are the most interesting phase change material in the low-temperature range of up to 150 °C. Their volume-related enthalpy at melting is much higher than the enthalpy of paraffins and sugar alcohols (see the chart above) and they are comparatively inexpensive. This is why the...
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  • Chart: Task 58

    Compact thermal energy storage: research in cycles

    Research into compact thermal energy storage is made difficult by the fact that the performance of storage materials depends significantly on their intended purpose. For example, storage tanks that are integrated into space heating systems are made of materials different from those used to...
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    Anna Maria Ruz: Chile’s ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2050

    Anna Maria Ruz was honoured to be part of the organising team of the joint conferences SHC / SWC 2019 in Santiago de Chile. Ruz is Sustainable Energy Director at the Chilean Economic Development Agency in short called Corfo. The agency represents the public sector in the discussion about the far...
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    Prof Roberto Roman: First Solar World Congress in Latin America

    Prof Roberto Roman from the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) in Chile got standing observation during the closing session of the joint conferences SWC / SHC 2019 in Santiago de Chile at the beginning of November 2019. He was the initiator and co-chair of this first Solar World Congress in Latin...
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    John O. Donnell: Economy of scale for solar industrial heat

    Economy of scale allows the US-based company GlassPoint to offer solar heat which is below the cost of natural gas. In the interview at SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile John O. Donnell announced that the first 300 MW of solar steam production in Oman are online. Once completed the project...
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