TASK 50: Advanced Lighting for Retrofitting Buildings

The overall objective of this activity is to accelerate retrofitting of daylighting and electric lighting solutions in the non-domestic sector using cost-effective, best practice – approaches, which can be used on a wide range of typical existing buildings.

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

SHC 2015
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What's New
  • Solar Cooling Week: Sector Still Growing in Asia and Europe - Solar thermal cooling is a “small, but steadily growing market,” Dr Uli Jakob from the Green Chiller Association for Sorption Cooling pointed out in his presentation Solar Air-Conditioning in Europe during the Solar Cooling Week, which took place in Shanghai from 23 to 27 March. (Posted: 2015-06-16)
  • IEA SHC Task 52: Seeking Cost-Optimised Urban Energy Systems - It should come as no surprise that Denmark with its large and standardised systems has the lowest costs per installed m2 of collector area. Specific costs for Danish systems including short-term storages range from 204 to 263 EUR/m2. (Posted: 2015-06-16)
  • SHC 2014 Conference Proceedings Available Online - Energy Procedia has published our SHC 2014 conference proceedings. Download for free over 90 papers. (Posted: 2015-06-11)
  • IEA SHC Solar Heat Worldwide - 2015 Edition! - Annual collector yield of all systems in operation by the end of 2013 was 314 TWh (= 1,129 PJ). This equals an energy savings equivalent of 33.7 million tons of oil and 109 million tons of CO2... (Posted: 2015-06-04)
  • SHC 2014 Annual Report is Now Online - I’m happy to report that the SHC 2014 Annual Report is now available online. Please have a look. The Feature Article is on Non-Residential Solar Building Renovation: The Potential, Opportunities and Barriers. (Posted: 2015-05-28)
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  • Task 39: 33 New Info Sheets Posted - Task 39 has posted 33 new Info Sheets dealing with polymeric materials for solar collectors and solar storage. Check them out.
  • Industrial Workshop SHIP, France - 15 September 2015 - The SHIP day is intended to industrial, production, energy and sustainability managers within the process industries (agro food, paper, chemistry, textile, leather, metal treatment, etc.), industry associations, production lines and machinery providers as well as energy consultants. This is also a great opportunity to network with the experts from the Task 49, solar technology providers as well as developers with investment capacity. All the competences and success keys for your projects.
  • 8th expert meeting in Montpellier, France - 16-17 September 2015
  • Task 50 Newsletter Online - Check out the latest newsletter.
  • Solar Cooling Week in Shanghai - This is an exciting week -- Task 48 experts are holding their final Experts Meeting and Task 53 experts have an Experts Meeting. Immediately following these meetings is the Chinese Solar Cooling Conference (SCC 2015) on March 27th where Task experts will present their work and results to the Chinese.
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SHC Solar Award
SHC Solar Award 2014

The International Energy Agency Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) presented its 2014 SHC SOLAR AWARD to the City of Montmélian, now officially called Montmélian la Solaire, which has been a  solar thermal pioneer for more than 30 years.  Read More >>

Publication Highlight
Solar Heat Worldwide 2014

The latest edition of Solar Heat Worldwide is now available.  The report includes a preview of 2014, and an overview of total solar capacity in operation and newly installed capacity worldwide in 2013.  Read More >>

Task Highlight
TASK 13:

Task 13 is working on identifying, developing, and testing new and innovative concepts which have the potential for eliminating or minimizing the use of purchased energy in residential buildings.