TASK 45: Large Scale Solar Heating and Cooling Systems

The main objective of this task is to assist in the development of a strong and sustainable market of large solar heating and cooling systems by focusing on cost effectiveness, high performance and reliability of 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

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Newest Members

The SHC Programme welcomes our newest member — European Copper Institute.
Publication Highlight

The latest issue of the IEA SHC Programme’s newsletter, Solar Update is now online. This issue has articles covering a variety of topics ranging from solar thermal activities in Canada to lighting retrofits to SHC publications to download and read.

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TASK 39:

The objective of this Task is the assessment of the applicability and the cost reduction potential by using polymeric materials and polymer based novel designs of suitable solar thermal systems.