TASK 60: Application of PVT Collectors

This Task will focus on the application of PVT collectors with the aim to assess existing solutions and to develop new system solution principles in which the PVT technology really offers advantages over the classical "side by side installations" of solar thermal collectors and PV modules.

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

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What's New
  • Solar district heating on the Roof of the World - A contract to set up a solar district heating network in Langkazi county in Tibet has been awarded to Arcon-Sunmark Large-Scale Solar Systems. (Posted: 2018-03-02)
  • Solar cooling increases annual solar fraction - Solar cooling could be an effective way to increase the annual solar fraction of domestic hot water production and prevent the solar system from overheating in summer. (Posted: 2018-03-02)
  • Daylight and electric lighting: new research initiative - The IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme has approved Task 61, a new research initiative concentrating on integrated daylight and electric lighting solutions. The task will tackle unresolved issues and challenges of a growing market which meets 19 % of the total electricity demand around the world. (Posted: 2018-02-13)
  • SHC Industry Roadmap for Australia - Despite Australia’s high levels of solar irradiation and rising energy costs, its solar heating and cooling market has been in decline each year since 2010. (Posted: 2018-02-10)
  • Global certification saves money and time - To enter new markets, solar thermal collector manufacturers need to have their products tested and certified as meeting local standards. Thanks to GSCN, the Global Solar Certification Network, they can complete several certification processes with only one test cycle. “A collector manufacturer can save a lot of time and money because its collector test report from one region will be accepted to receive a certificate in another region,” GSCN Manager Jan Erik Nielsen from Denmark said in an interview with solarthermalworld.org. (Posted: 2018-01-18)
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Solar Update

The December 2017 edition of the IEA SHC Newsletter, Solar Update is now available. The Newsletter contains information on the IEA SHC Solar Award 2017, Decarbonization and Solar Thermal, Integrated Solar Envelope Systems, SHC Solar Academy, Large Scale Systems, SHC 2017 Conference, Solar Heat for Industry, Solar Thermal Future, SHC Publications, New Tasks, and more. Read More