TASK 52: Solar Heat and Energy Economics

This Task proposal focuses on the analysis of the future role of solar thermal in energy supply systems in urban environments. Based on an energy economic analysis - reflecting future changes in the whole energy system.

IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme

The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) 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 Programme'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

Collaborating Organizations

SHC 2017: Save the Date - October 29 - November 2, 2017 - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Early Bird Rate Ends August 31!!!

What's New
  • IEA Task 51: Challenges in Urban Planner Education - Cities and large municipalities all around the world have taken the lead in sustainability, and urban planners find themselves in the important position of having to devise solutions for integrating renewable and energy efficiency measures at local level. (Posted: 2017-09-13)
  • French Independent Heat Supplier: “Optimise and de-risk all contracts” - French-based NewHeat is a rapidly growing start-up. About two years after it was founded in December 2015, management has raised almost EUR 1.8 million from private investors to finance the first solar heat delivery projects and strengthen its global sales force. (Posted: 2017-09-13)
  • IEA SHC: New Task to Use Solar Energy for Water Treatment - On 18 September, there will be a definition meeting for a new task called Solar Energy in Industrial Water Management in Gleisdorf, Austria. The initiator of this international research project within the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme is Christoph Brunner from Austrian organisation AEE INTEC. (Posted: 2017-09-05)
  • IEA SHC: Free Pre-Sizing Tool for Solar Heating and Cooling - In 2015, Task 48 – Quality Assurance & Support Measures for Solar Cooling – came to an end. One of the activities of this IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme task was the creation of PISTACHE, a tool for professionals who need to pre-size solar cooling, heating and domestic hot water installations and assess their estimated performance. As part of the Habisol programme, the development of the tool by French organisations Tecsol and INES during the MeGaPICS project received additional funding from the French National Research Agency. (Posted: 2017-07-24)
  • IEA SHC Task 58: “We will need new and innovate designs for heat and mass exchangers” - Thermochemical materials (TCMs) used in storage tanks show higher heat capacities than water and smaller losses over time. They are crucial to an increase in solar use among consumers and the storage of summer heat for the winter season. However, they are also more complex than their water-based counterparts, which require only heat exchangers. (Posted: 2017-07-18)
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The cumulated solar thermal capacity in operation by end of 2016 was 456 GWth (652 million square meters). Compared to the year 2000 the installed capacity grew by a factor of 7.4.  Read More

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Solar Update

The May 2017 edition of the IEA SHC Newsletter, Solar Update is now available. The Newsletter contains information on Solar Heat Worldwide, new storage task, country highlight: United Kingdom, interview with David Renne & Task 46, SHC 2017, solar thermal trends, SHC Solar Academy, SHW micro system, LCOH, SHC book series and more. Read More

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