TASK 46: Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting

This Task will address ways to improve our understanding of solar resources.

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

SHC 2015
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What's New
  • Solar Update May 2015 Now Online - The latest issue of the IEA SHC Programme’s newsletter, Solar Update is now online. This issue has articles covering a variety to topics ranging from the SHC 2015 Conference, Turkey, Lighting Retrofit, Process Heat Integration, Task 47, Task 40, Netherlands, SHC Book Series, ISO Partnerships, and New Publications.
  • International Award to Pioneering French Solar Municipality - 13 October 2014, Beijing. The International Energy Agency Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) presented its 2014 SHC SOLAR AWARD to the City of Montmélian, now officially called Montmélian la Solaire, which has been a solar thermal pioneer for more than 30 years. The Mayor, Mrs. Béatrice Santais, received the award on behalf of city at the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry in Beijing, China.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Industrial Workshop SHIP, France - 15 September 2015 - The SHIP day is intended to industrial, production, energy and sustainability managers within the process industries (agro food, paper, chemistry, textile, leather, metal treatment, etc.), industry associations, production lines and machinery providers as well as energy consultants. This is also a great opportunity to network with the experts from the Task 49, solar technology providers as well as developers with investment capacity. All the competences and success keys for your projects.
  • 8th expert meeting in Montpellier, France - 16-17 September 2015
  • Task 50 Newsletter Online - Check out the latest newsletter.
  • Solar Cooling Week in Shanghai - This is an exciting week -- Task 48 experts are holding their final Experts Meeting and Task 53 experts have an Experts Meeting. Immediately following these meetings is the Chinese Solar Cooling Conference (SCC 2015) on March 27th where Task experts will present their work and results to the Chinese.
  • New deliverables published - The Delivarables B1 (Methodologies and Software Tools for Integrating Solar Heat into Industrial Processes) and B2 (Integration Guideline) are now available
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SHC Solar Award
SHC Solar Award 2014

The International Energy Agency Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) presented its 2014 SHC SOLAR AWARD to the City of Montmélian, now officially called Montmélian la Solaire, which has been a  solar thermal pioneer for more than 30 years.  Read More >>

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 28:

There is a growing movement to build ecological housing with extremely low purchased energy consumption for heating and cooling, and minimal CO2 emissions.