Solar Certification Fund: Fifth Call for proposals
The European Solar Certification Fund (SCF) has launched its fifth call for project proposals.
Please click here for details.
The deadline for proposals is 15 January 2014, 15:00
22 January 2014 - Validation workshop - Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap and strategy within Horizon 2020
A validation workshop on the Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap and on the strategy for solar thermal within Horizon 2020 is being organized within the framework of the European Technology Platform for Renewable Heating and Cooling.
This workshop will take place on Wednesday 22 January 2014 at the Renewable Energy House, Rue d'Arlon 63-67, 1040 Brussels, Belgium. It will have a dual purpose:
Review the development process for the Solar Thermal Technology Roadmap
Consider the European Research Programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)
Registration is free but places are limited.
For more information on the workshop and to register, please click here.
2012 European Solar Thermal Market
In 2012, the European market experienced a reduction in the overall newly installed capacity which amounted to 2.4 GWth (approximately 3.4 mio m²): a decrease of 6.4% in comparison with the previous year. The total installed capacity registered a net increase of 2 GWth, now reaching 28.3 GWth (40.5 mio m²). This represents an increase of 7.7% compared with the 2011 total installed capacity.
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Solar heating and cooling roadmap
9 July 2012 - The International Energy Agency's Technology Roadmap for solar heating and cooling was presented at the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling in Buildings and Industry, SHC 2012.
This roadmap forecasts that by 2050, solar energy could produce annually 16.5 EJ of solar heating, more than 16% of the total final energy use for low temperature heat, and 1.5 EJ solar cooling, nearly17% of total energy use for cooling. For solar heating and cooling to play its full role in the forthcoming energy revolution, concerted action is required from scientists, industry, governments, financing institutions and the public. This roadmap is intended to help drive these necessary developments.
The roadmap can be downloaded here.
To visit the IEA SHC website , please click here
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.
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.
By completing the order form you will be able to obtain a free pdf copy of the study.
European Solar Days 2014: 1 - 18 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 2012 around 8000 events were held in 20 European countries by diverse organisations ranging from solar equipment manufacturers to schools and local authorities.
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 www.solarkeymark.org
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
“It is a groundbreaking fact that solar thermal is the only technology to be enabled to obtain the A+++ label”Date : 04/12/13
An interview with ESTIF President by solarthermalworld.orgMore
Article in solarthermalworld.org - Four major solar and heating associations in Europe jointly kicked off the ESTESC working group in Berlin at the end of NovemberMore
Brussels, 27 November 2013. The Solar Certification Fund launches its 5th 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...More
Brussels, 21 October 2013. Ten years ago, on 20 October 2003, the first ever Solar Keymark certificate was issued. Ten years later, the Solar Keymark is a success story, with around 2000 certificates for collectors and systems held by companies from 40 countries.
The Solar Keymark...More
SHC 2013 ends on a high note: Solar heating and cooling has big role to play in buildings and industryDate : 25/09/13
25 September 2013. SHC 2013, the 2nd International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry ended today in Freiburg, Germany. For three days, 400 experts from around the world discussed technological developments, markets and political framework conditions. Never before...More
24 September 2013. The IEA Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) has presented its 2013 SHC SOLAR AWARD to the Drake Landing Company from Canada, comprised of four organizations – United Communities (developer), Sterling Homes (builder), ATCO Gas (utility), and the Town of Okotoks (municipality). The...More