Technology Collaboration Programme
Advancing the research, development and commercialisation of energy technologies
The IEA Technology Collaboration Programme supports the work of 38 independent, international groups of experts that enable governments and industries from around the world to lead programmes and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues.
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Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC)
Through multi-disciplinary international collaborative research and knowledge exchange, as well as market and policy recommendations, the SHC TCP works to increase the deployment rate of solar heating and cooling systems by breaking down the technical and non-technical barriers to increase deployment.
Main areas of work
- Building applications (solar water heating, solar combi systems, photovoltaic thermal systems and solar air conditioning;
- District scale systems for solar heating and cooling;
- Thermal storage (diurnal to seasonal);
- Solar process heating and cooling and water treatment assisted by solar energy for agriculture and industry.
Key activities and accomplishments (2017-18)
- Solar Heat Worldwide: Global Development and Trends -annual statistics report covering 95% of the global solar thermal market
- Position Papers - published 3 papers on Solar Heating and Cooling & Solar Air-conditioning, Daylighting in Non-residential Buildings, and Solar Standards and Certification
- Solar Academy onsite trainings, webinars and national days
- 5th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry (SHC 2017) in Abu Dhabi, UAE
- SHC Solar Award presented at SHC 2017 in Abu Dhabi to Austria's Climate and Energy Fund who challenged how subsidies are implemented
Priorities and projects (2019-20)
- To remain the primary source worldwide of high quality technical information and analysis
- To contribute to a significant increase in the cost effectiveness of solar heating and cooling technologies
- To increase awareness and understanding on the potential and value of solar heating and cooling systems
- Material and Component Development for Thermal Energy Storage with the TCP on Energy Storage
- Integrated Solutions for Daylighting and Electric Lighting and Deep Renovation of Historic Buildings Towards Lowest Possible Energy Demand and CO2 Emission (NZEB) with the TCP on Buildings and Communities
- Towards the Integration of Large SHC Systems into District Heating and Cooling Network with the TCP on District Heating and Cooling
- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
- International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
- European Copper Institute (ECI)
- Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
Why should your organisation become a member of SHC?
The SHC TCP is the worldwide reference for tracking innovation and increasing deployment of solar energy used for heating and cooling.