TASK 44: Solar and Heat Pump Systems

The objective of this Task is the assessment of performances and relevance of combined systems using solar thermal and heat pumps, to provide common definition of performances of such systems and to contribute to successful market penetration of these new systems.

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
What's New
  • New Solar Cooling Book Published - New books on solar cooling demonstrate how solar cooling technology is being applied and highlights results from the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme’s work in this field (SHC Task 48: Quality Assurance & Support Measures for Solar Cooling Systems. The book “Solar Cooling: The Earthscan Expert Guide to Solar Cooling Systems“ was published on June 25.
  • 2014 Video Competition for Solar Thermal Researchers - Solarthermalworld.org’s second video competition for solar thermal researchers (supported by ESTIF and EUREC Agency) is underway, which is a great opportunity to increase the visibility of your work.
  • Press Release: Solar Heating Saves Over 79 Million Tons of CO2 Annually - Gleisdorf, Austria 8 July 2014. The International Energy Agency, Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) released their latest statistics on worldwide solar heating and cooling. With a growth of 9.4% in 2012, the installed capacity of solar collectors reached 269 GWth. The collectors provided 228 TWh of solar thermal energy, thus saving 79 million tons of CO2 emissions.
  • IEA SHC Programme Elects Australian Ken Guthrie as Chairman - 10 June 2014. Australian sustainable energy expert, Ken Guthrie, has been elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Program (IEA SHC) for the next two years.
  • SHC 2014 is Now Open for the Submission of Abstracts - The SHC 2014 website is now live and open for the submission of abstracts — deadline May 30, 2014.
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Publication Highlight
Solar Heat Worldwide 2014

The latest edition of Solar Heat Worldwide is now available.  The report includes a preview of 2013, and an overview of total solar capacity in operation and newly installed capacity worldwide in 2012.  Read More >>

Task Highlight
TASK 4:

As the first of the meteorological support projects, Task 4 focused on producing two practical aids for solar system designers, low-cost portable instrumentation and a handbook.