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
Call for Papers >> (extended to July 13, 2015)

What's New
  • SHC Posts New Position Paper on Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications - The IEA SHC Position Paper on Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications is now online. This position paper describes the current state of the art for polymeric materials in solar thermal applications, shows the potential of polymers in solar thermal applications, and encourages further R&D activities. (Posted: 2015-07-16)
  • Solar Cooling Week: Sector Still Growing in Asia and Europe - Solar thermal cooling is a “small, but steadily growing market,” Dr Uli Jakob from the Green Chiller Association for Sorption Cooling pointed out in his presentation Solar Air-Conditioning in Europe during the Solar Cooling Week, which took place in Shanghai from 23 to 27 March. (Posted: 2015-06-16)
  • IEA SHC Task 52: Seeking Cost-Optimised Urban Energy Systems - It should come as no surprise that Denmark with its large and standardised systems has the lowest costs per installed m2 of collector area. Specific costs for Danish systems including short-term storages range from 204 to 263 EUR/m2. (Posted: 2015-06-16)
  • SHC 2014 Conference Proceedings Available Online - Energy Procedia has published our SHC 2014 conference proceedings. Download for free over 90 papers. (Posted: 2015-06-11)
  • IEA SHC Solar Heat Worldwide - 2015 Edition! - Annual collector yield of all systems in operation by the end of 2013 was 314 TWh (= 1,129 PJ). This equals an energy savings equivalent of 33.7 million tons of oil and 109 million tons of CO2... (Posted: 2015-06-04)
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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 >>

Publication Highlight
Solar Heat Worldwide 2014

The latest edition of Solar Heat Worldwide is now available.  The report includes a preview of 2014, and an overview of total solar capacity in operation and newly installed capacity worldwide in 2013.  Read More >>

Task Highlight
TASK 36:

The goal of IEA/SHC Task36 "Solar Resource Knowledge Management" is to provide the solar energy industry, the electricity sector, governments, and renewable energy organizations and institutions with the most suitable and accurate information of the solar radiation resources at the Earth's surface in easily-accessible formats.