TASK 46: Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting

This Task will address ways to improve our understanding of solar resources.

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

What's New
  • Austria: Award-Winning Energy Service Company Publishes ESCO Model Fact Sheets - Energy Service Companies (ESCO) have become pioneers in the development of financing and operating models for various energy sector customers. Every two years, the so-called Contracting Award highlights exemplary ESCO projects in Germany (“Contracting” is the German word for Energy Service Contracts). (Posted: 2016-05-26)
  • International Solar Energy Society Joins IEA SHC - The IEA SHC Programme welcomes the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) as its newest Sponsor member. (Posted: 2016-05-16)
  • Harmonizing Hashtags in Your Posts - Three major solar heating and cooling institutions – the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) and solarthermalworld.org – have started a campaign to harmonize SHC hashtags on social media. (Posted: 2016-05-12)
  • SHC2015: “Participants were very confident about the future of solar thermal” - Yesilata was the scientific chair of the international solar thermal conference SHC2015, which took place in Istanbul at the beginning of December 2015. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with him about the challenges and the highlights of the conference. (Posted: 2016-03-04)
  • Solar Process Heat: "It all depends on the conventional heating equipment" - Dr Bastian Schmitt can look back at more than ten years of experience in the field of solar process heat. As part of his doctoral thesis, the mechanical engineer developed a classification system for the integration of solar thermal systems providing process heat on industrial premises. (Posted: 2016-03-04)
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Publication Highlight
Solar Update - November 2105

The latest edition of the SHC newsletter Solar Update is now available.  The newsletter includes articles on New Member - ISES, 2016 Solar Thermal Trends, Solar Rating & Certification - Interview, Urban Planning, EU Horizon 2020, Task 42: Compact Storage, Solar Heat in Industrial Processes - Interview, Task 53: Solar Cooling, MarketPlace.  Read More >>

Task Highlight
TASK 57:

The scope of the task is test procedures, standardization and certification at international level of solar thermal systems and components.