TASK 49: Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes

This task will look into the feasibility of using solar thermal energy in industrial processes.

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 2015

What's New
  • Austria: Optimising of Large-scale Collector Fields - One key aspect of the energy and cost optimisation of large-scale collector fields (called arrays in this news) is collector array hydraulics. Optimal connection is achieved when (1) the costs and length of the connecting pipes is small, (2) the pressure drop over the entire array is low and (3) there is homogeneous mass flow distribution across the entire field. (Posted: 2016-01-22)
  • Solar Cooling: Results Diagram Directs Stakeholders to Content of Interest - The best solar research results are of little use if they are not distributed and known to stakeholders from the industry, planning departments or public authorities involved in the related field work. This becomes an even more important point if the aim of the research is to “assist with the developing of a strong and sustainable market”. (Posted: 2016-01-22)
  • Press Release: Solar Cooling Research at Your Fingertips - The best solar research results are of little use if they don't reach the intended users. To make this link easier, IEA SHC's project on Quality Assurance & Support Measures for Solar Cooling Systems created the diagram below to categorize the results from 3.5 years of work by 30 solar cooling experts. (Posted: 2016-01-11)
  • The Ins & Outs of Integrating Solar Heat into Industrial Processes - October 13, 2015. Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) is an important, upcoming market for solar thermal. To support the growth of this technology the IEA SHC Programme and IEA SolarPACES Programme, working with experts in this field, developed guidelines that describe in detail how to incorporate solar heat into industrial processes. (Posted: 2015-10-12)
  • IEA SHC Task 49: Solar Process Heat Showcase in Montpellier - Industry participation is key for the research work of IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme. Hence, the researchers of Task 49, Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes, used the last meeting in France in mid-September to hold a one-day workshop dedicated to Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes (SHIP) in cooperation with French start-up Energy Service Company Sunti. (Posted: 2015-10-05)
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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 a SHC 2015 Conference, Solar Heat Worldwide, Energy Reserves, Task 54: Price Reductions, Task 53: Solar Cooling 2.0, Task 46: Solar Measurements, Task 51: Solar Education, Country Highlight: Spain, SHC Report Highlights, and Current Members List.  Read More >>

SHC Solar Award
SHC Solar Award 2014

The International Energy Agency Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) presented its 2014 SHC SOLAR AWARD to the City of Montmélian, now officially called Montmélian la Solaire, which has been a  solar thermal pioneer for more than 30 years.  Read More >>

Task Highlight
TASK 43:

The task shall focus on research activities and not interfere with standardization bodies. Standardization bodies need the results of research and, under participation of the market actors work out the way the research results shall be applied to products.