The following Position Papers have been developed by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme:

Solar and Heat Pump Systems Position Paper
September 2014 - PDF 0.53MB
By: IEA SHC Task 44
The purpose of this document is to provide an inside view to energy policy makers on why and how solar and heat pump systems should be supported and promoted.

Solar and heat pump systems (S+HP) are a combined technology that represent a market share in the building heating and cooling segment due to their following advantages: high renewable energy share, low electricity demand, low primary energy demand, and low CO2 emission depending on the electricity mix feeding the heat pump.

The market share of S+HP systems could reach 100% for new houses in many countries where the heat pump technology is well-established and solar is mandatory for domestic hot water.
Solar and Heat Pump Systems Position Paper
Solar Cooling Position Paper
October 2011 - PDF 0.67MB
By: Hans-Martin Henning
After ten years of numerous research, development and demonstration activities in the field of Solar air-conditioning, in particular within the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme but also in many other national and European R&D projects, the market penetration of SAC remains small.

Therefore, it is important to take a look at the achievements and the recent position of solar cooling technology. It is also important to understand the future perspective of this technology and formulate the needs related to both R&D and market stimulation in order to exploit the potentials. This is also important in order to understand the potential of solar heating and cooling technologies (SHC) to contribute to the achievement of politically set targets in the reduction of energy consumption. This paper describes the recent position of solar cooling technology and develops an outlook about the potential and needed actions.
Solar Cooling Position Paper
Solar Cooling Position Paper - Executive Summary
Task38 Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration
December 2013 - PDF 0.08MB - Posted: 1/7/2014
This document summarises the Position Paper on Solar Cooling developed by IEA
SHC project “Solar Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (Task38)".