TASK 58: Material & Components for Thermal Energy Storage

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

What's New
  • IEA SHC Task 55: Solar District Heating Means Big Business - Solar district heating is attractive business. Not only does this become obvious when looking at the 347 MWth of newly installed SDH capacity in Denmark in 2016, but also when one hears about Big Solar, a 250 MWth collector field – with 1.8 million m2 of seasonal storage – planned to cover 20 % of the energy demand in the Austrian city of Graz by 2020. (Posted: 2017-05-24)
  • IEA SHC Task 54: Investigating Cost Factors Along the Value Chain - Researchers have worked intensively for one-and-a-half years across national borders to find ways of reducing the costs of solar thermal systems and making them more attractive to end users. The members of Task 54 of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, Price Reduction of Solar Thermal Systems, have discussed the effects of standardised product designs or changes in product offerings on cost structures. (Posted: 2017-05-22)
  • IEA SHC: New Task to Push Emerging PVT Industry - Inventors and start-ups have been trying to combine photovoltaic and solar thermal collectors into one product for many years. Finally, a new industry seems to be emerging. (Posted: 2017-05-21)
  • Netherlands: Solar Thermal Benefits from SDE+ Solar Heat Tariff - The need for highly competitive designs meant that solar thermal had not had much of a chance within the SDE+ programme until the end of 2015. Most of the scheme budget used to be spent on biomass, geothermal and on-shore wind projects. (Posted: 2017-05-16)
  • Thirty Net Zero Energy Buildings in One Book - The joint SHC Task 40 / EBC Annex 52 project Towards Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings has been one of the largest of the Technology Collaboration Programmes IEA Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) / Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC). (Posted: 2017-05-09)
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