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)

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


  • 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.


Chair: Daniel Mugnier, France (

Primary contact: Pamela Murphy (

IEA: Hideki Kamitatara (