TASK 52: Solar Heat and Energy Economics

This Task proposal focuses on the analysis of the future role of solar thermal in energy supply systems in urban environments. Based on an energy economic analysis - reflecting future changes in the whole energy system.

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
  • Save the Date: SHC 2017 Conference together with ISES Solar World Congress 2017 - October 29 - November 2 - The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and the International Solar Energy Society, ISES are very pleased to announce that their next international conferences, the Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry Conference (SHC 2017) and the ISES Solar World Congress 2017 (SWC 2017) will be held together. (Posted: 2016-10-20)
  • IEA SHC: Attractive Solar Solutions for Urban and Landscape Planning - How can urban planners be convinced to consider solar energy technologies in municipality projects? This is the key challenge faced by the international group of researchers of Task 51, (Posted: 2016-10-20)
  • TASK 45 / 55: Guidelines on How to Design Seasonal Storage - Seasonal storage is a key component in the transformation of today’s energy industry. Besides storing energy in summer for heating in winter, it can also be used to save waste heat from the industry and to increase the electricity production from biomass CHP plants. (Posted: 2016-10-20)
  • District heating: “The industry is very optimistic about its future prospects” - District heating has a long history in Scandinavia: The international symposium on district heating was launched there in 1987. In the meantime, the technology has reached the global stage and the 15th International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling was the first one supported by the IEA District Heating and Cooling programme (IEA DHC). (Posted: 2016-10-20)
  • SHC 2015 Proceedings Now Online - The SHC 2015 Conference Proceedings are now online. You can view the papers here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18766102/91 (Posted: 2016-08-08)
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Publication Highlight
Solar Heat Worldwide

The latest edition of Solar Heat Worldwide is now available. This report comprises solar thermal market data from 61 countries covering an estimated 95% of the worldwide market.   Read More >>

Solar Update - November 2105

The latest edition of the SHC newsletter Solar Update is now available.  The newsletter includes articles on New Member - ISES, 2016 Solar Thermal Trends, Solar Rating & Certification - Interview, Urban Planning, EU Horizon 2020, Task 42: Compact Storage, Solar Heat in Industrial Processes - Interview, Task 53: Solar Cooling, MarketPlace.  Read More >>

Task Highlight
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The main objective of the task is: to ensure the most appropriate use of solar energy in each specific building.