The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Technology Collaboration Programme is involved in numerous ways to promote solar energy to the world.

Active Projects (Tasks)

The primary activity of the SHC Programme is to develop Projects (Tasks) to study various aspects of solar heating and cooling and disseminate.  Each project (Task) is managed by an Operating Agent from one of the member countries or sponsor organizations. 

>> Explore all the Projects (Tasks)

Publications (Tasks)

The SHC Programme has been researching and writing Publications on a variety of solar energy topics since 1977.  There are publications about solar water heating, solar space heating, solar agricultural uses, solar district heating, solar industrial process heating, PV/thermal, solar cooling, passive solar, daylighting, thermal storage, seasonal storage, zero energy buildings, collector components, system components, standards and certification, solar data, and resources assessment, along with other solar-related research.

>> Check out the Solar Research Publications

Solar Academy

The SHC Solar Academy is the latest effort by the SHC Programme to share it’s work and support R&D and implementation of solar heating and cooling projects worldwide.  You can sign-up for future Solar Academy Webinars or view past webinars.  You can watch videos recorded at various solar conferences in the past and you can participate in on-site trainings that SHC arranges in member countries.

>> Check out the activities of the Solar Academy

Solar Heat Worldwide

Solar Heat Worldwide is published on an annual basis since 2005. With data from 68 countries, it is the most comprehensive evaluation of solar heating and cooling markets worldwide. Lead authors are Werner Weiss und Monika Spörk-Dür from the Austrian research institute AEE INTEC. Solar Heat Worldwide has a solid reputation as a reference source among international organizations including REN21 and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The study was again the main contributor for the solar heating and cooling chapters of REN21’s Renewable 2020 Global Status Report, which is one of the primary policy adviser reports on renewables.

>> Check out the latest edition of Solar Heat Worldwide

SHC Conferences

The SHC Programme also organizes the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry also known as the SHC Conference.

>> Check out upcoming and past SHC Conferences

SHC Solar Award

The SHC Solar Award recognizes an individual, company, or private/public institution that has shown outstanding leadership or achievements in the field of solar heating and cooling. 

>> Check out past SHC Solar Award winners and find out how to nominate someone