Eurosun 2010: Joining Forces for Europe’s biggest Solar Heating and Cooling Conference
All signs point to a successful conference: Experienced event organizer AEE Intec from Austria and PSE from Germany, teamed up with the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the members of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA SHC) Solar Heating and Cooling Programme to organize this year´s Eurosun conference.
The Eurosun 2010 is going to be held in Graz, Austria, between 28 September and 1 October and will address issues relevant to the scientific community in the field of solar thermal energy. It will most probably be the biggest conference dedicated to solar heating and cooling technology in Europe this year.
The organizers expect between 600 and 800 participants for the four-day event. It is going to start with one day of technical tours and continue with an intensive conference programme in 3 parallel sessions over the following three days. “We were very satisfied with the strong response to our call for paper, as we received more than 400 applications from all around the world,” Werner Weiß, the Chair of the Organising Committee, explained. You will find the entire schedule attached, including the complete range of relevant topics from the solar heating and cooling sector: Space heating, testing and certification, solar architecture, net zero energy buildings, district heating, industrial applications, storage and solar cooling.
The final session on Friday offers some special highlights: First, journalist and researcher John Perlin from California, USA, will hold a speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of flat-plate collectors being used for solar water heating and present the milestones of 100 years of solar thermal development. Second, Hisham Mikhi from Jordan’s Millenium Energy Industries and Rudolf Moschik from AEE Intec are going to present the largest solar thermal system of the world, which is located at the Princess Noura University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and has a solar thermal capacity of 25 MWth (36,000 m2). Registration for the event has already begun and the early bird discount will be granted until 29 June.
The Eurosun 2010 is a successful example of what the solar thermal sector can gain by joining forces. The first important decision was taken two years ago, when ISES decided to focus on solar heating and cooling for its biennial conference, leaving out the other renewable energies. The decision turned out to be a good one and the conference attracted nearly 500 participants to Lisbon, Portugal, in 2008. The second important decision was the later announcement of AEE Intec to merge its own biennial conference Gleisdorf Solar with the Eurosun 2010. Two years ago, the Gleisdorf Solar 2008 gathered around 500 specialists from 26 different countries.