TASK 54: Price Reduction of Solar Thermal Systems

This Task aims at the purchase price reduction for end-users of installed solar thermal systems by evaluating and developing sustainable means to reduce production and/or installation costs on material, sub-component, system-component and system level.

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

SHC 2017 Save the Date: October 29 - November 2, 2017 - Abu Dhabi, UAESHC 2017: Save the Date - October 29 - November 2, 2017 - Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Publication Highlight
Solar Heat Worldwide

The latest edition of Solar Heat Worldwide is now available. This report comprises solar thermal market data from 61 countries covering an estimated 95% of the worldwide market.   Read More >>

Solar Update - November 2105

The latest edition of the SHC newsletter Solar Update is now available.  The newsletter includes articles on New Member - ISES, 2016 Solar Thermal Trends, Solar Rating & Certification - Interview, Urban Planning, EU Horizon 2020, Task 42: Compact Storage, Solar Heat in Industrial Processes - Interview, Task 53: Solar Cooling, MarketPlace.  Read More >>

Task Highlight

Since accurate simulation models are important tools for solar system designers, IEA SHC researchers devoted most of their efforts to the assessment and improvement of computer models used to predict the performance of active solar heating systems.