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17 March 2015 - High Level conference: EU leading on renewable energy policy

On 17 March 2015, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, will launch a high level conference on renewable energy in Brussels.

More information and registration at:  www.euleadingrenewable

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:

The Solar Heating and Cooling European Map

Promoting the use of Solar Heating and Cooling by making visible existing installations near you!

Are you aware of any solar thermal system for domestic or other applications?
Add your example to the map! More details here

2013 European Solar Thermal Market

2013 Solar Thermal Markets in Europe (published June 2014)


In 2013, the European market contracted again for the newly installed capacity,which totalled 2.14 GWth (approximately 3.05 million m²). This represents a decrease of 11.8% in comparison with 2012. The total installed capacity increased by 1.75 GWth, attaining 30.2 GWth (43.1 mio m²). It shows an increase of 6.2% on the total installed capacity at the end of 2012. 


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Solar heating and cooling technology roadmap

Solar Heating and Cooling Technology Roadmap (published June 2014)

This implementation roadmap, prepared by the European Solar Thermal Technology Panel (ESTTP) of the RHC-Platform, presents the key research and innovation actions up to 2020 to develop not only the technological, but also the market potential of the solar thermal energy.

Three pathways are identified, which the sector must tackle in parallel: the development of solar compact hybrid systems (SCOHYS) to reduce the solar heat costs by 50% until 2020, technological improvements in Solar-Active-Houses (SAH) as an attractive option to fulfil the requirement of nearly zero-energy buildings and the development of systems supplying solar heat for industrial processes (SHIP)

Please click here to download the Roadmap.

The Solar Keymark a to z

Solar keymark: THE Quality Label for Solar Thermal Products in Europe

A new brochure to help boost your solar thermal business

The Solar Keymark was developed by the European Solar Thermal Industry
Federation (ESTIF) and CEN (European Committee for Standardisation)
in close co-operation with leading European test labs and with the support of the European Commission.

It is the main quality label for solar thermal products and is widely spread across the European market and beyond.

Please click here to download your copy of the brochure. Now also available in several languages.

More information on the Solar Keymark...

solar thermal potential in europe

The potential of solar thermal in Europe

To provide the European Union and its Member States with substantiated information on the contribution solar thermal can make to the 20% renewable energy target set by the RES Directive (2009/28/EC), detailed surveys were conducted in five representative countries: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Spain. The information gathered was then extrapolated to the 27 EU countries and the future heating and cooling demand was calculated for 2020, 2030 and 2050, taking into account a decline of the overall energy demand due to energy efficiency measures.

Please click here to download the full study and the different versions of the executive summary.

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

“Energy Union” launched today by the European Commission

Date : 25/02/15

Reaction from the renewable heating & cooling industry to the “Framework strategy for a resilient energy union with a forward-looking climate change policy"


Energy Union: joint letter from the European RES associations to President Junker

Date : 19/02/15

The European associations representing the industry send a joint letter to the European Commission President Junker in support of his efforts towards making the EU “the world number one in renewable energies”


Two million solar heating systems now in operation in Germany!

Date : 10/02/15

Congratulations to our German members for their great achievement. This positive news has just been released by the German solar trade associations, BDH and BSW.


Newly re-elected ESTIF Board of Directors keen to carry on the good work towards market recovery

Date : 17/12/14

Brussels, 17 December 2014. At their General Assembly, on 5 December in Brussels, members of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) re-elected the outgoing Board of Directors, with Stephan Fintelmann from KBB Kollekterbau joining as the second industry representative.


Solar Certification Fund: 6th call for proposals launched

Date : 26/11/14



 Brussels, 26 November 2014. The Solar Certification Fund launches its 6th call for project proposals. Since its first call in 2011, this fund has contributed over half a million Euros to 50 projects related to the support of certification and standardisation as well as to the...


Winner of Video Research Competition 2014

Date : 29/10/14

The winner of’s Video Research Competition 2014 is Jakob Berg Johansen, Research Assistant at the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Civil Engineering, Section for Building Energy.


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