TASK 51: Solar Energy in Urban Planning

Task 51 is designed to provide support to urban planners, authorities and architects to achieve urban areas and eventually whole cities with architecturally integrated solar energy solutions.

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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What's New
  • SHC / SWC 2017: Twelve Experts Highlight Success Stories on Tape - The 12 video interviews that solarthermalworld.org recorded at the joint conference outlined trends in today's global solar heating and cooling sector and highlighted policy fields where urgent action is required. The videos were financed by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and the European Copper Association. (Posted: 2017-12-11)
  • IEA SHC Task 54: Solar Thermal Cost Reductions - The objective of IEA SHC Task 54 is to reduce the purchase price of solar thermal systems by up to 40 % across the entire value chain. To achieve this, the project partners have been evaluating technical and non-technical cost-saving potential, with low-cost materials, such as polymers, and production technologies bound to play an important role. At an early October workshop in Linz, Austria, about 50 project partners and guests discussed cost reductions made possible by new distribution channels, digital solutions and systems thinking approaches. (Posted: 2017-11-27)
  • Abu Dhabi’s SHC 2017 Conference: Largest experts’ meeting on integrated solar heating and cooling - 500 experts from more than 50 countries attended the 5th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 30 October to 2 November 2017. It was the first time that this biennial conference by the IEA’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme had been organised jointly with the Solar World Congress by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). (Posted: 2017-11-08)
  • IEA SHC Solar Award 2017 – Austria’s Climate and Energy Fund wins for large-scale solar thermal plant subsidy program - Abu Dhabi, UAE, 3 November 2017. The Climate and Energy Fund of Austria wins the International Energy Agency Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) SHC SOLAR AWARD. The Climate and Energy Fund challenged how subsidies are implemented. Its national support program for large-scale solar thermal plants in commercial applications is based on a 3-pronged approach – financial and technical support, quality assurance and communication. (Posted: 2017-11-04)
  • Sweden’s Solar Heat Market on Hold - The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) programme has recently updated its country report on Sweden’s solar thermal industry, pointing out the increasing competition with other energy technologies and the factors exacerbating the decline in sales. (Posted: 2017-10-24)
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The cumulated solar thermal capacity in operation by end of 2016 was 456 GWth (652 million square meters). Compared to the year 2000 the installed capacity grew by a factor of 7.4.  Read More

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Solar Update

The May 2017 edition of the IEA SHC Newsletter, Solar Update is now available. The Newsletter contains information on Solar Heat Worldwide, new storage task, country highlight: United Kingdom, interview with David Renne & Task 46, SHC 2017, solar thermal trends, SHC Solar Academy, SHW micro system, LCOH, SHC book series and more. Read More