TASK 63: Solar Neighborhood Planning

IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Technology Collaboration Programme

The Solar Heating and Cooling Technology Collaboration Programme (SHC TCP) was established in 1977, one of the first programmes of the International Energy Agency, to promote the use of all aspects of solar thermal energy. The SHC TCP's work is unique in that it is accomplished through the international collaborative effort of experts from member countries and the European Union.

The benefits of this approach are:

  • accelerates the pace of technology development
  • promotes standardization
  • enhances national R&D programmes
  • permits national specialization
  • saves time and money

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SHC 2019

What's New
  • Reducing energy consumption in historic buildings - A meeting in mid-April, Copenhagen, Denmark, gave members of IEA SHC research platform Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy (Task 59) the opportunity to meet researchers working on the EU Horizon 2020 project Robust Internal Thermal Insulation of Historic Buildings, or RIBuild, and prompted a fruitful exchange between experts in historic building refurbishment. (Posted: 2019-07-12)
  • New Solar Keymark Network Rules Allow On-Site Testing - The Solar Keymark Network has expanded its range of options by including in situ testing. At a meeting in March 2019, a revised version of the Solar Keymark (SK) Scheme Rules was approved to allow collector efficiency tests in a real-life environment. (Posted: 2019-07-12)
  • Regional Sustainable Energy Centres join IEA SHC - The UNIDO-coordinated Regional Sustainable Energy Centres will become sponsor members of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme, a decision made by the IEA SHC Executive Committee at a meeting in Austria in early June. Seven Regional Centres for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency have already started operations, two of them - ECREEE and RCREEE (see table below) – were already sponsors of IEA SHC. (Posted: 2019-06-28)
  • PV-Thermal collector area tops 1 million - PV-Thermal systems, which generate heat and electricity from the same collector, are gaining ever more traction: For the first time, they have now been included in the Solar Heat Worldwide report. Data supplied by 26 manufacturers from 11 countries indicates that more than 1 million m2 of PVT collector area has been sold globally so far. (Posted: 2019-06-24)
  • Read the Latest Edition - Solar Heat Worldwide 2019 - The solar heating and cooling markets show a reversing trend. The majority of the largest markets outside of China saw demand increase for the first time since 2015. This trend change is due to several factors – improved cost-competitiveness of solar thermal systems, rising interest among commercial and industrial clients, and clean air policies. (Posted: 2019-06-17)
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Solar Heat Worldwide


Solar Heat WorldwideSolar Heat Worldwide 2019

The solar heating and cooling markets show a reversing trend. The majority of the largest markets outside of China saw demand increase for the first time since 2015.   -- Read More

Publication Highlight
Solar UpdateSolar Update

The July 2019 edition of the IEA SHC Newsletter, Solar Update is now available. The Newsletter contains information on Solar Heat Worldwide 2019 - SHC 2019 Conference - PVT Systems in Europe - Reducing System Price - Solar Academy - Advanced Solar Storage - Lighting Industry Needs - Country Highlight: Austria - New Task: Neighborhoods - New Members - Member News: Germany - New SHC Publications - SHC Members ,and more. -- View PDF - View Flip Book


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