TASK 57: Solar Standards and Certification

The scope of the task is test procedures, standardization and certification at international level of solar thermal systems and components.

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

Collaborating Organizations

What's New
  • Online database on advanced PCMs - Compared to water, phase change materials (PCMs) offer more capacity to store heat in tanks. As a consequence, researchers in all corners of the world have been developing new materials and their properties. (Posted: 2018-10-23)
  • Excellent material for sorption-based solar energy storage - Microporous hydrophilic substances such as zeolites are recognised as promising materials for very efficient energy storage. Solar thermal systems are used to dry the material and store all of the thermal energy inside without losses until water is returned into the structure to release sensible heat. (Posted: 2018-10-10)
  • Task 53 Holds Workshop at ISEC Conference - On October 3, 2018, participants from IEA SHC Task 53 held a workshop called the Solar Cooling Austrian Workshop in Graz, Austria in conjuction with the International Sustainable Energy Conference. (Posted: 2018-10-04)
  • Artur Bobovnický Presentation to IEA's TCP National Coordination Day - Artur Bobovnický, our ExCo member from Slovakia, shared why our work is important and the value of participating in the SHC TCP with the Czech audience at the IEA’s TCP National Co-ordination Day hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Technology Platform “Sustainable Energy for the Czech Republic” (TPUE). (Posted: 2018-10-03)
  • New at IEA SHC: Solar neighbourhood planning - Case study reporting by research platform Solar Energy in Urban Planning has recently concluded with the publication of an interactive map showing 34 case studies altogether. They demonstrate that solar energy can be integrated successfully into new and existing urban areas. (Posted: 2018-09-14)
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Solar Heat Worldwide 2017

The cumulated solar thermal capacity in operation by end of 2017 was 472 GWth (675 million square meters). Compared to the year 2000 the installed capacity grew by the factor 7.6.  -- Read More

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Solar Update
Solar Update

The July 2018 edition of the IEA SHC Newsletter, Solar Update is now available. The Newsletter contains information on Solar Heat Worldwide 2018, Solar and Urban Planning, Solar Heat and Electricity, SHC Solar Academy, New Testing Standards, Trending in 2018, Country Highlight: Sweden, New SHC Publications, New Projects, SHC Members,and more. -- Read More

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