TASK 59: Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy

Historic buildings make up a considerable part of our building stock (one fourth for Europe). They are the trademark of numerous cities, and they will only survive if maintained as a living space.

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

What's New
  • Israeli firm offers large variety of PVT systems - Homes, hospitals, hotels, industrial facilities and greenhouses (see photo): These are some of the many uses for turnkey PV systems produced by Millennium Solar, an Israeli business which was set up in 1999 and specialises in PV-Thermal (PVT) technologies. (Posted: 2018-11-05)
  • Quality principles for solar air conditioning systems - The latest generation of solar air conditioning systems comes in a vast variety of configurations. As shown in the diagram above, their source of energy is either solar heat or electricity. Some include storage tanks and can provide hot water or space heating in addition to space cooling. (Posted: 2018-10-26)
  • Online database on advanced PCMs - Compared to water, phase change materials (PCMs) offer more capacity to store heat in tanks. As a consequence, researchers in all corners of the world have been developing new materials and their properties. (Posted: 2018-10-23)
  • Excellent material for sorption-based solar energy storage - Microporous hydrophilic substances such as zeolites are recognised as promising materials for very efficient energy storage. Solar thermal systems are used to dry the material and store all of the thermal energy inside without losses until water is returned into the structure to release sensible heat. (Posted: 2018-10-10)
  • Task 53 Holds Workshop at ISEC Conference - On October 3, 2018, participants from IEA SHC Task 53 held a workshop called the Solar Cooling Austrian Workshop in Graz, Austria in conjuction with the International Sustainable Energy Conference. (Posted: 2018-10-04)
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Solar Heat Worldwide
Solar Heat Worldwide
Solar Heat Worldwide 2017

The cumulated solar thermal capacity in operation by end of 2017 was 472 GWth (675 million square meters). Compared to the year 2000 the installed capacity grew by the factor 7.6.  -- Read More

Publication Highlight
Solar Update
Solar Update

The July 2018 edition of the IEA SHC Newsletter, Solar Update is now available. The Newsletter contains information on Solar Heat Worldwide 2018, Solar and Urban Planning, Solar Heat and Electricity, SHC Solar Academy, New Testing Standards, Trending in 2018, Country Highlight: Sweden, New SHC Publications, New Projects, SHC Members,and more. -- Read More

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