Technology Position Paper
Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP)
January 2024 - PDF 0.17MB
By: Task 64

Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) has enormous potential in industrial decarbonization, addressing the industrial sector’s total final low and medium temperature heat consumption, corresponding to 12% of the total final energy demand worldwide. The major share of the energy needed in this sector is used for heating and cooling production processes at temperatures up to 400 °C and is almost exclusively provided with fossil fuels, as shown in Figure 1. SHIP technologies are market-ready to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in these applications using non-concentrating solar thermal collectors (up to 150 °C) and concentrating collectors (up to 400 °C). Solar applications for even higher temperatures are under development but not the subject of this paper.

Technology Position Paper

Compact Thermal Energy Storage
June 2023 - PDF 0.41MB
By: Wim van Helden

This position paper provides an overview of the compact thermal energy storage technologies market, outlining its importance, potential, and development. It addresses policy, decision makers, and influencers and aims to present high-level information as a basis for uptake and further development. It concludes by highlighting actions needed to further exploit thermal energy storages with minimal space requirements and accelerate more efficient energy systems, including sector coupling, with a higher share of renewables.

Compact Thermal Energy Storage

Solar Energy Industrial Water Wastewater Management
May 2023 - PDF 0.3MB
By: IEA SHC Task 62: Solar Energy in Industrial Water and Wastewater Management, Christoph Brunner

This position paper provides an overview of the solar energy market for industrial water and wastewater management, outlining its importance, potential, and development of this new application area. It addresses issues for policy and decision makers and influencers and presents high-level information as a basis for the uptake and further development of these applications. It concludes by highlighting existing challenges and the actions needed to best exploit environmentally friendly technologies for water management and
recovery of valuable substances.

Solar Energy Industrial Water Wastewater Management

Integrated Daylighting and Electric Lighting in Non-residential Buildings
Technology Position Paper
December 2022 - PDF 0.38MB
By: IEA SHC Task 61, Jan de Boer

This position paper provides an overview of the lighting technologies market for non-residential buildings, outlining its importance, potential, and development. It addresses issues for policy- and decision-makers and other stakeholders aiming to support the implementation of energy-efficient, sustainable, and integrated and integrative lighting solutions. It concludes by highlighting existing challenges and the actions needed to best exploit energy efficiency and decarbonization opportunities.

Integrated Daylighting and Electric Lighting in Non-residential Buildings

Integration of Large-Scale Solar Heating and Cooling Systems into District Heating and Cooling Networks
Technology Position Paper
June 2021 - PDF 0.34MB
By: IEA SHC Task 55: Solar District Heating, Sabine Putz

This position paper explains the relevance, potential and current status of large-scale solar thermal heating and cooling systems, including large-scale heat pumps and seasonal storages, leading to actions needed to further and best exploit their integration in district heating and cooling networks. It addresses policy and decision-makers as well as influencers and aims to present high-level information as a basis for uptake and further development.

Integration of Large-Scale Solar Heating and Cooling Systems into District Heating and Cooling Networks

PVT Collectors and Systems
Technology Position Paper
December 2020 - PDF 0.88MB
By: IEA SHC Task 60: PVT Systems, Jean-Christoph Hadorn

This position paper explains the relevance, potential and the current status of the development and market of hybrid PVT collectors and system concepts, leading to actions needed to best exploit this technology that combines solar photovoltaic collection and thermal energy production. It addresses policy and decision makers as well as influencers and aims to present high-level information as a basis for uptake and further development.

PVT Collectors and Systems

Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems for HVAC and Lighting
Technology Position Paper
May 2020 - PDF 1.82MB
By: IEA SHC Task 56: Building Integrated Solar, Roberto Fedrizzi, Paolo Bonato

This position paper explains the relevance, potential and present status of development and market of building solar envelope systems contributing to HVAC and lighting of buildings, leading to actions needed to best exploit their integration into building design practices. It addresses policy and decisionmakers as well as influencers and aims to present high-level information as a basis for uptake and further development.
 

Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems for HVAC and Lighting

Price Reduction of Solar Thermal Systems
Technology Position Paper
May 2020 - PDF 0.2MB
By: IEA SHC Task 54: Price Reduction of Solar, Michael Köhl

The number of solar thermal installations has been declining in the past years, while photovoltaic solar energy use has been booming. This trend stands in opposition to the fact that the need for domestic hot water is steadily increasing worldwide. To strengthen the competitiveness and market uptake of solar thermal applications, Task 54 of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA SHC) investigated the entire solar thermal value chain with respect to technical and non-technical cost reduction potentials and ways to make the technology more attractive to the end-user.

Price Reduction of Solar Thermal Systems

Solar Heat Integrations in Industrial Processes
Technology Position Paper
May 2020 - PDF 1.09MB
By: IEA SHC Task 49: Solar Heat Integrations in Industrial Processes, Christoph Brunner

Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) is at the early stages of development but is considered to have enormous potential for solar thermal applications. The industrial sector accounts for approximately 30% of the total energy consumption  in OECD countries. And, the major share of the energy needed in this sector is used for heating and cooling buildings and production processes at temperatures from ambient up to approximately 350°C. This is a temperature range that can be addressed with solar thermal technologies.
 

Solar Heat Integrations in Industrial Processes

Solar Standards and Certification
Technology Position Paper
March 2019 - PDF 0.23MB
By: IEA SHC Task 57: Solar Standards and Certification, Jan Erik Nielsen

The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the relevance and importance of standardization and certification in the field of solar thermal products – and to show the benefits of harmonizing standardization and certification at the international level.
 

Solar Standards and Certification

Daylighting of Non–Residential Buildings
Technology Position Paper
February 2019 - PDF 0.27MB
By: IEA SHC Task 50: Daylighting of Non–Residential Buildings, Dr.-Ing. Jan de Boer

Daylight plays a key role in providing a good visual, biologically effective and energy efficient lighting of indoor spaces. Generally, daylight is the light source preferred by humans. Daylight is the major source of regenerative energy for reducing lighting energy consumption. Electric lighting accounts for approximately 15% of the total electrical power consumption and 5% of greenhouse gas worldwide. In nonresidential construction, daylighting – based on distinct evaluation procedures and integrated into diverse energy saving ordinances – has meanwhile become an energy-quantifiable and plannable light source that can be directly offset against the energy requirements for electrical lighting.
 

Daylighting of Non–Residential Buildings

Solar Heating and Cooling & Solar Air-Conditioning
Technology Position Paper
November 2018 - PDF 0.13MB
By: IEA SHC Task 53: Solar Air-Conditioning, Daniel Neyer, Daniel Mugnier

The purpose of this paper is to provide relevant information to energy policymakers so that they can understand why and how solar cooling and air-conditioning (SAC) systems should be supported and promoted. It presents state of the art solar thermal and photovoltaic supported solar heating and cooling systems. In addition, it provides a comprehensive summary of the main findings as provided by the IEA SHC Task 53 work .

Solar Heating and Cooling & Solar Air-Conditioning