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
  • SHC Solar Award: Five Finalists with Successful Support Policies - Administrators of successful solar thermal support schemes are in the focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC). The jury has chosen five finalists, of which one will receive the SHC Solar Award during the IEA SHC’s joint conference with ISES Solar World Congress (SWC 2017) in Abu Dhabi on 1 November 2017. (Posted: 2017-10-17)
  • IEA SHC Task 56: Cooperation on Energy Balance and Building Design Tools - Facades of residential and tertiary buildings offer enough space for daylight control and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems. Active envelope solutions include facade-integrated solar thermal collectors, PV panels, daylight control systems or panels containing ventilation units with heat recovery and/or a heat pump with all necessary connectors. (Posted: 2017-10-08)
  • IEA SHC Task 52: Solar Thermal’s Role in 2050 Energy Mix - What role solar thermal will play in the energy sector in 2050 is one of the principal questions that the international Task 52 research project Solar Heat and Energy Economics in Urban Environments intends to answer. (Posted: 2017-10-04)
  • IEA SHC: Most Effective Solar Cooling Storage Technologies - Scientists from IEA SHC Task 53, New Generation Solar Cooling & Heating Systems, have compared the cost, efficiency and adaptability of solar cooling storage solutions and are now creating a report about the technologies most suitable for a given application. (Posted: 2017-09-29)
  • IEA SHC Solar Academy: Solar Planning in Times of Rapid City Growth - Urban planning is a highly complex issue, especially if it involves low-carbon living solutions and environmental regulations. The main objective of the international group of researchers working in Task 51, Solar Energy in Urban Planning, has been to “support planners, architects, and local and national authorities in creating urban areas with architecturally integrated solar solutions in mind.” (Posted: 2017-09-26)
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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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