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5th RHC-Platform Annual Event

2030 Reasons to integrate Renewable Heating and cooling - Brussels 22 May 2014

The day will be a joint consultation and policy event.

The morning session will be the presentation of the RHC-Platform Common Technology Roadmap to a wide range of stakeholders. In the afternoon, industry and decision-makers will discuss the role of RHC in the transformation of the energy system, with a particular focus on the implementation of the current legislation and the Commission's proposal for a 2030 climate and energy policy framework.

Registration is required and is free of charge


More information on the event from the RHC-Platform website


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. 

To view the page, please click here



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.

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.

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.  

Next campaign from 1 to 18 May 2014

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

Pedro Dias appointed new Secretary General for ESTIF

Date : 01/04/14

Brussels, 1 April 2014 – The ESTIF Board of Directors appoints Pedro Dias as Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation.


Want a competitive Europe? Embrace renewables

Date : 19/03/14

Brussels, 19 March 2014 – One day ahead of the European Heads of States and Governments’ discussions on the 2030 climate and energy framework proposals, the European renewable energy associations jointly call on EU leaders to fully grasp the long-term benefits of an ambitious nationally binding EU...


Open letter to EU’s Heads of State and Government

Date : 19/03/14

Brussels, 19 March 2014 - Crisis in Ukraine and energy dependency: investing in renewables for heating and cooling will bring security of supply and more competitiveness


2030 climate and energy policy framework: the Parliament calls for a heat strategy

Date : 05/02/14

Today for the third time the European Parliament recognised the importance of heating and cooling in its report on a 2030 climate and energy policy framework.


Construction sector in Germany: Solar thermal on the rise

Date : 07/01/14

Article from Sun and Wind Energy


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