Ensuring a Bright Future
Besides the traditional renewable
energy resources biomass, hydro, solar thermal is the second
largest renewable, following close behind wind.
International organizations, national governments and private
industry are committed to increasing the use of renewables in the
world. For solar thermal technology, its growth is steady and its
contribution as a renewable energy source significant—but there is
more to do.
Solar must become economically competitive with other energy
technologies to continue to expand its reach. The SHC Programme will
do its part by focusing on:
- Improving current technologies.
- Making products more cost competitive.
- Continuing R&D on new materials and processes that can
improve building performance (e.g., electrochromic and
thermochromic materials for controllable windows, phase change
materials, energy storage materials, transparent insulation,
- Finding ways to better integrate and optimize solar
components into energy efficient buildings.
- Testing and certifying components and products.
- Producing and disseminating critical information to targeted
- Developing improved methods for calculating and
disseminating accurate and reliable worldwide solar resource
information relevant to all solar technologies.
The SHC Programme is proud of the role it has played in the
forefront of solar heating and cooling technologies and will
continue to work for a brighter and greener energy future.