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The Solar Heating and Cooling European Map

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

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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)

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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 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.  

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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

Research and Innovation Roadmap points the way for Renewable Heating and Cooling

Date : 14/07/14

Research and innovation is vital for the development of Renewable Heating and Cooling technologies and their urgently needed market deployment. This is a key message of the recently published Common Implementation Roadmap of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling...


IEA-SHC Solar Heat Worldwide - Markets and Contributions to the Energy Supply 2012 edition 2014 PUBLISHED

Date : 07/07/14

The report gives the most comprehensive overview of the global solar thermal market. The statistical report contains detailed information about the status and development of the worldwide solar thermal market up to 2012. Moreover, an in-depth preview of the cumulated installed solar thermal...


Energy Security Strategy: An ambitious 2030 climate and energy framework would bring further solutions

Date : 30/06/14

Brussels, 30 June 2014 – Last Friday, the European Council discussed how the EU and Member States could and should address the EU energy security challenge, based on the recent Commission’s Communication “European Energy Security Strategy”


The Solar Keymark tenth anniversary celebration

Date : 06/06/14


Brussels, 6 June 2014 – Solar Keymark stakeholders meet at Intersolar 2014 to celebrate the tenth anniversary and the successes of the certification scheme.

Representatives from industry and test laboratories gathered at a reception during this year’s edition of Intersolar Europe in Munich to...


European Solar Thermal sector in search of options during tough economic times

Date : 04/06/14

Brussels, 4 June 2014 – In 2013, the total solar thermal installed capacity grew by 1.75 GWth, while the newly installed capacity decreased by 11.8%. Most markets were affected by the overall downturn, yearning for effective and stable support policies. However, the outlook is sunnier for some...


Reaction from the renewable heating and cooling sector to the EU Commission Communication on Energy Security strategy

Date : 02/06/14

Brussels, 2 June 2014 – The EU renewable heating and cooling sector welcomes the relevance given to renewable heating in the Communication on Energy Security strategy, just published by the European Commission.


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