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25th SolarPACES conference

The 25th SolarPACES conference, hosted by the SolarPACES TCP, will take place in Daegu, South Korea on 1-4 October 2019 and once again offer a scientific and technical conference programme that provides an opportunity for attendees to share insights into recent R&D activities and developments in CSP technology as well as a focus on development, marketing and commercialisation. Visit the conference website

Economic and social drivers for optimal bioenergy implementation

If bioenergy is to become an important part of the energy mix it must pass the tests of being technically, economically, and socially feasible and then must be chosen ahead of other feasible solutions such as fossil fuels. This Bioenergy TCP paper focuses on the economic and social drivers for optimal bioenergy use and seeks to provide insight into the factors that will ultimately determine if projects are undertaken. Download here

23rd "Trends in photovoltaic applications" report

This report, published annually by the PVPS TCP, provides official and accurate data about the PV market, industry, support policies, research activities and integration of PV into the power sector in the 28 countries reporting to the PVPS TCP programme, plus an estimate of the other most important PV markets. In a market where the main market driver remains the feed-in tariffs, Asia has taken the lead in PV development. More...

Solar award nominations now open

The 2019 SHC Solar Award will recognise an effective financing mechanism for a solar heating or cooling project or projects in the public or private sector. This year's award will be presented at the SHC 2019/SWC 2019 conference in Santiago, Chile on 4-7 November and nominations close on 1 May. More...

Transformational markets: the value and contemporary role of hydropower

The Hydropower TCP has issued a communiqué to national governments and multilateral agencies on Transformational Markets: the value and contemporary role of hydropower following a meeting in Brussels last December to initiate the work of a new project (Annex IX). Participants noted that while there are uniquely different characteristics to each region, energy markets and supply chains, there are several common opportunities and challenges when it comes to the future energy system, security of supply and the role of hydropower. Download the workshop communiqué

Human health risk assessment methods for PV: fire risks

This report, from the PVPS TCP, presents an analysis of potential human health impacts associated with chemical release from modules during a building fire for three PV technologies. Download here

Quality principles for solar air conditioning systems

To support deployment of standardised, cost-effective solar cooling installations, a common method for assessing the technical and economic potential of the different existing systems is required. One such method has been developed by researchers working in the SHC TCP. More...

Approaches, methods and tools for solar energy in urban planning

This new report from the SHC TCP presents different ways to address existing building stock, new urban environments and landscape environments in relation to the use of daylight and active solar. And, addresses the need for spatial and energy planning that enhances solar energy while respecting cultural and historical heritage values in urban and landscape contexts. Download here

Implementation of bio-CCS in biofuels production

This recent report from the Bioenergy TCP aims to provide an initial overview of the potential of biomass and waste gasification to contribute to carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) through the assessment of two case studies set in Norway and The Netherlands. Download here

Water footprint of European rooftop PV electricity

The water use of photovoltaic electricity has been investigated in very few studies so far, which may be due to the low water demand of PV systems during operation. In this study, produced by the  PVPS TCP, the water consumption and water withdrawal of electricity generated by PV systems were assessed by considering all life cycle stages and by taking account of country-level regional differences in water availability. Download here

Global trends and outlook for hydrogen

This recent publication from the Hydrogen TCP looks at the ways that hydrogen, as a flexible energy carrier, can contribute to solving current environmental problems. The report was prepared for professional audiences - notably policy and decision makers - with an interest in global energy innovation but no specific technical expertise in hydrogen. Download here.  


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