TASK 56: Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems

This Task will focus on the critical analysis, simulation, laboratory test and onsite monitoring of envelope systems entailing elements that use and/or control incident solar energy.

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

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What's New
  • Daylight and electric lighting: new research initiative - The IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme has approved Task 61, a new research initiative concentrating on integrated daylight and electric lighting solutions. The task will tackle unresolved issues and challenges of a growing market which meets 19 % of the total electricity demand around the world. (Posted: 2018-02-13)
  • SHC Industry Roadmap for Australia - Despite Australia’s high levels of solar irradiation and rising energy costs, its solar heating and cooling market has been in decline each year since 2010. (Posted: 2018-02-10)
  • Global certification saves money and time - To enter new markets, solar thermal collector manufacturers need to have their products tested and certified as meeting local standards. Thanks to GSCN, the Global Solar Certification Network, they can complete several certification processes with only one test cycle. “A collector manufacturer can save a lot of time and money because its collector test report from one region will be accepted to receive a certificate in another region,” GSCN Manager Jan Erik Nielsen from Denmark said in an interview with solarthermalworld.org. (Posted: 2018-01-18)
  • How to approach green construction in the tropical zone - While nearly zero energy projects in Europe focus on reducing heat demand, green buildings in tropical Singapore require lower cooling loads. To study and discuss methods to meet cooling needs, construction and energy experts from all around the world met in Singapore in late October for a two-day workshop organised by the Building & Construction Authority Singapore (BCA) and the IEA’s Buildings and Communities Programme (EBC). (Posted: 2017-12-18)
  • SHC / SWC 2017: Twelve Experts Highlight Success Stories on Tape - The 12 video interviews that solarthermalworld.org recorded at the joint conference outlined trends in today's global solar heating and cooling sector and highlighted policy fields where urgent action is required. The videos were financed by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and the European Copper Association. (Posted: 2017-12-11)
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The cumulated solar thermal capacity in operation by end of 2016 was 456 GWth (652 million square meters). Compared to the year 2000 the installed capacity grew by a factor of 7.4.  Read More

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Solar Update

The December 2017 edition of the IEA SHC Newsletter, Solar Update is now available. The Newsletter contains information on the IEA SHC Solar Award 2017, Decarbonization and Solar Thermal, Integrated Solar Envelope Systems, SHC Solar Academy, Large Scale Systems, SHC 2017 Conference, Solar Heat for Industry, Solar Thermal Future, SHC Publications, New Tasks, and more. Read More