District Heating

  • Germany’s solar heat success story in 2020 and beyond

    Germany’s solar heat success story in 2020 and beyond

    In 2020, the German market for solar heat grew by 26 % – more than any other major solar thermal market around the globe, according to the new Solar Heat Worldwide 2021 report (see chart above). Speaking at an IEA SHC Solar Academy in June, Harald Drück, a researcher at German University of...
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  • IEA Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap: 400 milestones but very few for solar thermal

    IEA Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap: 400 milestones but very few for solar thermal

    At an online press conference in May, IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol made some surprisingly forceful statements about the global net-zero emission targets for 2050 – statements that have since been widely quoted in the media. “This is not a race between nations but a race against...
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  • New chair for IEA SHC Programme on growth path

    New chair for IEA SHC Programme on growth path

    The new Chair of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, also known as IEA SHC, is Tomas Olejniczak, an all-around energy transition and renewable energy expert at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO),  part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. He was elected for a...
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  • Energy Community aims for 0.01 % to 3 % solar share in heating sector

    Energy Community aims for 0.01 % to 3 % solar share in heating sector

    Vienna-based Energy Community’s launch of a Heating and Cooling Network in September 2020 was a clear indication that it wants to move beyond its current focus on renewable electricity and support sustainable heating and cooling. In early May, it published a discussion paper on district...
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  • Winners named in Helsinki Energy Challenge for carbon-neutral district heat

    Winners named in Helsinki Energy Challenge for carbon-neutral district heat

    An expert panel has now picked four winning ideas from the 252 submitted for the Helsinki Energy Challenge, which gave stakeholders in the energy market a chance to put forward their solutions for carbon-neutral district heating in Finland’s capital by 2035. One award went to the HIVE...
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  • New SDH factsheet database goes online

    New SDH factsheet database goes online

    The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme has just launched a database containing a substantial number of fact sheets about solar district heating technologies, best practices and markets. The 29 documents were written by the most experienced SDH researchers and practitioners from China...
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  • In Denmark, large heat pumps take DH market by storm

    In Denmark, large heat pumps take DH market by storm

    United in their drive to get rid of fossil fuel-fired heating, Denmark’s district energy providers spent years putting up a network of solar thermal systems, large ones in particular. But lately, priorities seem to have changed, with the focus now being put on heat pumps instead. Sales of...
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  • “7 MW solar heat plants will be a commodity in Europe in 5 to 10 years”

    “7 MW solar heat plants will be a commodity in Europe in 5 to 10 years”

    Viessmann, a major German provider of climate solutions for living spaces, strengthened its project development team last year, hiring Christian Stadler and four of his ex-colleagues in June 2020, after their former employer, Danish-based Arcon-Sunmark, stopped operation. As part of...
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  • Supply chain maturity and economies of scale drive solar heat costs down

    Supply chain maturity and economies of scale drive solar heat costs down

    Europe’s solar thermal industry has achieved quite significant cost reductions since 2014, with economies of scale at the project level helping to drive down costs, Michael Taylor, of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), said at a 9 March webinar titled Cheaper than...
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  • Improving SDH efficiency

    Improving the efficiency of SDH

    Since the end of IEA SHC Task 55 – Large Solar District Heating and Cooling Systems last December, there have been multiple calls for continuing the work of this successful research platform in some fashion. In response, Viktor Unterberger, a senior researcher at the Austrian BEST –...
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