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

What's New
  • IEA SHC Publishes 2016 Edition of its Seminal Report -- Solar Heat Worldwide - The International Energy Agency, Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) released the 2016 edition of its report on the global status of the solar thermal heating and cooling market. (Posted: 2016-06-21)
  • IEA SHC Solar Award – Brau Union Austria wins for putting the sun in beer - The Green Brewery Göss wins the International Energy Agency Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) SHC SOLAR AWARD. Brewery Göss has taken the path-breaking decision to use renewable energy for all its processes and now runs a 100% renewable energy production process. The Master Brewer, Mr. Andreas Werner, received the award on behalf of the brewery at Gleisdorf SOLAR 2016 in Gleisdorf, Austria. (Posted: 2016-06-09)
  • 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)
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Publication Highlight
Solar Heat Worldwide

The latest edition of Solar Heat Worldwide is now available. This report comprises solar thermal market data from 61 countries covering an estimated 95% of the worldwide market.   Read More >>
 

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 >>

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