General Publications


introduction to the Task 39 Info Sheets
July 2015 - PDF 0.15MB
By: Michael Koehl, Sandrin Saile, Fraunhofer ISE
Task 39 ”Polymers for Solar Thermal Applications“ of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) was a joint endeavor by polymer and solar thermal experts from industry and research. It started in 2006 with a variety of studies on polymeric materials’ suitability for the application in solar heating components. Investigations on novel designs that allow for alternative materials were elaborated as well as accompanying studies on the cost-reduction potential resulting from the efficient combination of material and product design.
introduction to the Task 39 Info Sheets
Task 39 Final Report
Presentation at SHC 2014 in Beijing China
October 2014 - PDF 1.21MB
By: Dr. Michael Kohl
Task Objectives:
- Assessment of the applicability and the cost reduction potential of polymeric materials for solar thermal systems
- Novel polymer based designs
- Evaluation of less expensive materials
- Assessment of durability and reliability
- Promote increased confidence in the use of these products
- Development and application of appropriate testing and certification methods
- Identification of less expensive manufacturing processes
Task 39 Final Report
Task 39 Highlights 2013
Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications
February 2014 - PDF 0.18MB
One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is to secure sustainable and save energy supply and to considerably reduce CO2 emissions and the potential serious consequences of climate change. The challenging goals with regard to the contributions of renewable energies cannot be obtained without a considerable growth of the solar thermal markets worldwide. Therefore, reliable, efficient and cost-competitive system components are required in large quantities. Today solar thermal collectors mainly consist of glass and metals whereas especially market prices for metals are subject to big fluctuations.

These issues demand the introduction of new materials, of which polymers seem to have a strong preference with regard to mass-production techniques, new design freedom, cost- and weight reduction.
Task 39 Highlights 2013
Task 39 Highlights 2012
January 2013 - PDF 0.1MB
One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is to secure sustainable and save energy supply and to considerably reduce CO2 emissions and the potential serious consequences of climate change. The challenging goals with regard to the contributions of renewable energies cannot be obtained without a considerable growth of the solar thermal markets worldwide. Therefore, reliable, efficient and cost-competitive system components are required in large quantities. Today solar thermal collectors mainly consist of glass and metals whereas especially market prices for metals are subject to big fluctuations.
Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications
December 2012
Editor: Michael Koehl, Michaela Georgine Meir, Philippe Papillon, Gernot M. Wallner, Sandrin Saile
--- Bridging the gap between basic science and technological applications, this is the first book devoted to polymers for solar thermal applications. Clearly divided into three major parts, the contributions are written by experts on solar thermal applications and polymer scientists alike. The first part explains the fundamentals of solar thermal energy especially for representatives of the plastics industry and researchers. Part two then goes on to provide introductory information on polymeric materials and processing for solar thermal experts. The third part combines both of these fields, discussing the potential of polymeric materials in solar thermal applications, as well as demands on durability, design and building integration. With its emphasis on applications, this monograph is relevant for researchers at universities and developers in commercial labs.
ISBN: 978-3-527-33246-5
Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications