IEA SHC

International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme

The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) Programme has over 35 years of international collaborative work in the field of research, development, demonstration (RD&D) and test methods for solar thermal energy and solar buildings.  The results of this work are available for researchers, policy makers, industry, utility and business representatives, builders, architects and teachers

The IEA SHC Programme is a member-based Programme with 20 member countries and 5 member organizations. Its mission is “To enhance collective knowledge and application of solar heating and cooling through international collaboration to fulfill its vision of solar thermal energy meeting 50% of low temperature heating and cooling demand by 2050."

Highlighted in the section below are some of our most recent publications: 

  • #EnergyEfficientLighting: Dynamic research group publishes 16 reports

    #EnergyEfficientLighting: Dynamic research group publishes 16 reports

    The success of highly energy-efficient lighting designs hinges on more than technological ingenuity. Other key make-or-break factors are smart control strategies and the interaction of lighting users with the built environment. Under the auspices of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling...
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  • Standardised yield assessments for industrial solar heat plants

    Standardised yield assessments for industrial solar heat plants

    The yield of solar process heat systems as simulated during feasibility studies has a decisive influence on the profitability of the respective investment. Therefore, simulation tools play an important role in the project development phase. Currently, however, project developers use a large...
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  • Pathway to 100 % renewables: “Industry is a really hard-to-abate sector”

    Pathway to 100 % renewables: “Industry is a really hard-to-abate sector”

    “The world is burning more fossil fuels than ever. We need deep structural change,” REN21 Executive Director Rana Adib warned attendees at a panel discussion at last week’s Solar World Congress. “It is not enough anymore to look at the energy supply side – that is, the power sector – but we...
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  • Tackling the complexity of urban-level energy simulations

    Tackling the complexity of urban-level energy simulations

    A special “Fall School” for PhD and advanced master's students to enhance their knowledge of designing and implementing solar strategies in urban areas was offered by the IEA SHC Task 63 Solar Neighbourhood Planning in October. Dr. Caroline Hachem-Vermette from the University of...
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  • China’s future role in the IEA SHC Programme

    China’s future role in the IEA SHC Programme

    The Chinese solar thermal market shows a varied picture of demand. While subsectors such as solar space heating are booming, total market volume continues to decline. Solarthermalworld.org spoke with two professors at the China Academy of Building Research, He Tao (see above) and...
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  • IEA SHC Solar Cooling Task: “We can make a difference”

    IEA SHC Solar Cooling Task: “We can make a difference”

    US project developer ergSol is a true pioneer. The company is not only putting up large commercial solar heat systems in California but also supports the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme by heading the Demonstration subtask of global research network...
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  • SICA countries join IEA SHC with some flagship projects

    SICA countries join IEA SHC with some flagship projects

    In its current Solar Update Newsletter August 2021 the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme welcomes what is already the sixth Regional Sustainable Energy Centre to join as a sponsor. The most recent new member is SICREEE, which opened its doors at the beginning of 2021 and represents...
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  • How SHIP can compete with heat produced from natural gas in Europe

    How SHIP can compete with heat produced from natural gas in Europe

    Many studies have shown the huge potential solar thermal has for clean heat production in industry. But so far, there have been comparatively few attempts to tap into this potential, partly because of high investment costs and partly because of end...

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  • Germany’s solar heat success story in 2020 and beyond

    Germany’s solar heat success story in 2020 and beyond

    In 2020, the German market for solar heat grew by 26 % – more than any other major solar thermal market around the globe, according to the new Solar Heat Worldwide 2021 report (see chart above). Speaking at an IEA SHC Solar Academy in June, Harald Drück, a researcher at German University of...
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  • Global PVT market on track for more growth

    Global PVT market on track for more growth

    PVT collectors – which use solar radiation to produce both heat and electricity – have been gaining in popularity in a rising number of markets around the world. In 2019, the Netherlands, France and Spain claimed the top spots for the most PVT capacity added in a year. In 2020, they were...
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  • Develop stable and reliable compact thermal energy storages

    Develop stable and reliable compact thermal energy storages

    The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme has redoubled its efforts to develop and test compact thermal energy storage (CTES), saying the technology can play an important role in transforming the energy market. At its meeting in June, the IEA SHC Executive Committee approved the start of...
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