European Solar Thermal Industry Federation


SHC 2015 - The online registration is 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.

Online registration now open
Early bird rates up to 28 September

 Draft programme overview
The draft programme overview is now available here.

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2014 European Solar Thermal Market

2014 Solar Thermal Markets in Europe (published June 2015)

In 2014, the European market, once again, underwent a reduction in the newly installed capacity. The 2014 market amounted to 2 GWth (approximately 2.8 mio m²). This represents a decrease of 6.8% in comparison with the previous year.

The total installed capacity recorded a net increase of 1.6 GWth, now reaching 31.8 GWth (45.4 mio m²), representing an increase of 5.2% compared with the total installed capacity at the end of 2013.

To view the page, please click here

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

State of the Energy Union reaffirms Commission’s willingness to lead on the EU’s renewables ambition

Date : 18/11/15

18 November 2015. The European renewable energy industry welcomes the first State of the Energy Union which reiterates the Commission’s commitment to a decarbonised energy system and sets milestones for the future governance of the Energy Union. To access the full Statement, click here.


Energy labelling for heating devices – an opportunity for the consumer

Date : 25/09/15

Brussels, 25 September 2015 - As from 26 September 2015, nearly all heating devices must bear labels indicating the energy efficiency of space heating systems, hot water devices and storage tanks. It will also mark the launch of a new type of label on the market: the package label. With this...


Energy labelling for heating devices – a challenge and an opportunity for dealers and installers

Date : 24/09/15

Brussels, 24 September 2015 – As from 26 September 2015, labelling of space heating systems, hot water devices and storage tanks will become mandatory for manufacturers, dealers and installers. It will also mark the launch of a new type of label on the market: the package label, a process which...


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