September in Germany: Two conferences in one week
 September in Germany: Two conferences in one week

September in Germany: Two conferences in one week

This September, Germany’s Black Forest will be the top spot for solar thermal experts from all around the world: From 23 to 25 September, the second International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC 2013) will take place in Freiburg, Germany´s unofficial solar capital. It will be directly followed by the 5th International Conference Solar Air Conditioning, which will take place from 25 to 27 September in Bad Krozingen, just 20 minutes southwest of Freiburg. The programmes for both events are now available. Early bird fees will be available until 7 of August.

The SHC conference takes place for the first time in Europe. The first conference of the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) was held in San Francisco, California, in 2012 and gathered 220 scientists, industry specialists, market experts and policy makers from 31 countries. SHC 2013 will incorporate the European Solar Thermal Energy Conference, which is organised by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) based in Brussels, Belgium. Therefore the programme is a mix of session with market reports and lectures about framework conditions as well as scientific presentations on topics like process heat, innovative components, solar architecture and system technology. “The conference’s topics will reflect the entire diversity of solar thermal in the IEA SHC Programme,” Werner Weiss, Chairman of the IEA SHC Programme and Managing Director of AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) in Austria explains.

During a blind review process, a scientific committee selected the 90 presentations to be held at this year’s SHC conference – out of 300 abstracts submitted from altogether 50 countries. “With so many interesting abstracts, it was hard to decide which presentations to choose. It is definitely very encouraging to see so many excellent researchers and scientist around the world working on solar heating and cooling technology and its applications,” says Hans-Martin Henning, Scientific Chair of the SHC 2013 and Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) in Freiburg, Germany.

And the conference consists of more than just presentations: The SHC 2013 will also feature a large poster exhibition, plenary lectures and side events on specific issues concerning solar thermal, an industry member session and a panel discussion.

On Wednesday at lunchtime, the focus of the solar thermal community will shift to the small town of Bad Krozingen, about 20 km away from Freiburg, in which the International Conference Solar Air Conditioning will take place. For two and a half days, it will be all about solar air conditioning and refrigeration. “It offers solar thermal professionals the great opportunity to easily combine visiting two of the top global events,” says Bernd Porzelius, Head of the Renewable Energy Department at the German conference organiser OTTI.

Solar air conditioning technology has become more mature since the first conference in 2005. Gabriele Struthoff-Müller, who has been in the organising committee of the Solar Air Conditioning conference from the very beginning, says: “We are proud that OTTI’s International Conference Solar Air Conditioning has been an important platform for the development of solar cooling, from early pilot projects to an emerging market with the first standardised systems and more than 1,000 projects worldwide.”

The conference will cover today´s challenges in solar cooling, from improving system components to designing, simulating and engineering solar cooling systems. It will also discuss the controversial topic of PV-driven solar cooling systems. “More than ever, R&D will be essential to further develop solar air conditioning and the 5th International Conference Solar Air Conditioning in September 2013 will be a unique occasion to show how to get the upper hand in the crucial battle of solar cooling becoming a bankable technology,” says Daniel Mugnier, Chairman of the Solar Air Conditioning and Project Manager at Tecsol, France.

This text is based on a press release published by International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) at 10 of July 2013.

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Baerbel Epp

Bärbel Epp is Founder and Director of the German communication and market research agency solrico and editor-in-chief of