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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.

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SHC 2015 - See the draft programme overview

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.

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

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Call for papers now open!
The Scientific Programme Committee of SHC 2015 is pleased to invite you to submit your abstract for the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry. For full information, please visit the website

The Labelpack A+ Project has started!


The aim of the project is to provide support to ensure a smooth implementation of the Energy Labelling Regulations. The focus is on the "package label" and its potential to promote the uptake of renewable technologies, in particular that of solar thermal.

More information here

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:

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.  

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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

Positive outlook for some European solar thermal market segments, despite disappointing overall results in 2014

Date : 29/06/15

Brussels, 29 June 2015 - In 2014, although the European solar thermal market experienced an overall decrease of around 7% in newly installed capacity, at the end of the year the total installed capacity increased by 5.3%. While this is the third consecutive year of decline for market leader...


A Smart and Resilient Energy Union: Objectives and Measures for the Heat Sector

Date : 17/06/15

Brussels, 17 June 2015 - The EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling is the result of the increasingly positive attention policy-makers have been giving the Heating and Cooling (H&C) sector, and is a fundamental step in the recognition of its key role in the overall EU climate and energy objectives....


The European Commission Renewable Energy Progress Report: indicative targets for solar thermal energy are not being met. Further action from Member States needed.

Date : 16/06/15

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) welcomes the publication of the renewable energy progress report from the European Commission. This is an important milestone for the renewable sector – in particular the solar thermal technology – as it highlights the challenges and...


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