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SHC 2015 is on the move - Call for papers now open!

The 2015 Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry conference is the premier annual event for solar professionals in heating and cooling applications.
SHC 2015 will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2 to 4 December 2015, bringing together researchers, market specialists and industry to build bridges between two continents.

Call for papers now open!
The Scientific Programme Committee of SHC 2015 is pleased to invite you to submit your abstract for the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry. For full information, please visit the website.

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The Labelpack A+ Project has started!


The aim of the project is to provide support to ensure a smooth implementation of the Energy Labelling Regulations. The focus is on the "package label" and its potential to promote the uptake of renewable technologies, in particular that of solar thermal.

More information here

Ecodesign and Energy Label for solar thermal related products - JANUARY 2015

ESTIF has published a two-part manual to assist the industry in the implementation of the regulations.

You can download the manual:

European Solar Days 2015: 1 - 15 May

The European Solar Days successfully promote the use of a free unlimited renewable energy source available everywhere to everyone to generate electricity as well as heating and cooling: the SUN.

They are celebrated in an increasing number of countries and in 2013 around 6000 events were held in 20 European countries by diverse organisations ranging from solar equipment manufacturers to schools and local authorities.  

More information at

Solar Keymark: A certification scheme for Europe

The Solar Keymark is widely recognised in solar thermal support programmes throughout Europe.

The mark certifies the conformity of a solar thermal collector or system to the relevant European Standards
(EN 12975 or EN 12976).

For information on how to obtain the Solar Keymark, please see

A Strategic Research Agenda for solar thermal

Making solar thermal products even better
and work in more applications. This is the solar thermal sector's goal.

Industry and researchers have come together in the European Solar Thermal Technology Panel (ESTTP) to identify the needs of solar thermal R&D.

Among the top priorities are compact heat storages, solar thermal for industrial processes, and solar cooling. With the right kind of research solar thermal can be used for much more than just heating houses or sanitary water.

Visit the website of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling to learn more about the future of solar thermal technologies

Solar Thermal News

2015 IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Conference in Istanbul, Turkey

Date : 31/03/15

Freiburg, Germany – March 31, 2015 – SHC 2015, the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Conference will take place in Istanbul from December 2-4, 2015 in collaboration with the newest IEA SHC country member, Turkey. This year the IEA is partnering with ESTIF, the European Solar...


How to Become Number 1 in Renewables

Date : 17/03/15

Brussels, 17 March 2015 - Statement on How to Become Number 1 in Renewables. A contribution from the biomass, geothermal and solar thermal sectors


Germany improves its Market Incentive Programme for renewable heating (MAP)

Date : 12/03/15

12 March 2015 - The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety published yesterday, during the international trade fair ISH 2015, its new Market Incentive Programme for renewable heating (MAP) with improved eligibility conditions for the promotion of solar...


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