TASK 42: Compact Thermal Energy Storage

The overall objective of this task is to develop advanced materials and systems for the compact storage of thermal energy.

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

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Newest Members

The SHC Programme welcomes our newest member — European Copper Institute.
Publication Highlight

The latest issue of the IEA SHC Programme’s newsletter, Solar Update is now online. This issue has articles covering a variety of topics ranging from solar thermal activities in Canada to lighting retrofits to SHC publications to download and read.

Task Highlight
TASK 5:

The purpose of this second meteorological support task was to improve access to solar radiation data, facilitate the estimation of key solar radiation parameters by solar engineers and designers, and to develop a uniform format for the presentation of data.