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Abu Dhabi: Meet Global Leaders in Solar Heating and Cooling

Dear Reader, 


Just four weeks from now, Abu Dhabi will host this year’s largest solar heating and cooling event. Between 30 October and 2 November, the SHC 2017 organised by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme will run in parallel to the ISES Solar World Congress. Many experts from different backgrounds – such as policy advocacy, industry, consulting, research and financing – have confirmed their attendance and will be the conference’s keynote speakers. Additionally, international panels will share insights into upcoming technologies and emerging trends. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain knowledge, contacts and visibility!


You can find the day-by-day programme, including 30 technical sessions and three forums, online. A high point will be the industry forum on Wednesday, 1 November, between 2 and 3.30 pm, where attendees can learn about business opportunities for large-scale solar thermal. On Sunday, 29 October, there will also be a technical tour of Shams 1, a 100 MW CSP plant equipped with parabolic trough collectors. (photo:


Have a good read and sunny regards

The Editorial Team


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Slovenia: On the Path to Renewable District Heating
by by Riccardo Battisti

District heating networks supplied by renewable energy sources (RES) are widely recognised today as one of the most effective ways to decarbonise the heating sector. The EU’s CoolHeating project has been supporting the implementation of small, modular renewable heating and cooling grids for towns in southeastern Europe. talked to Rok Sunko from one of the project partners, Skupina Fabrika, about current developments and the outlook of RES district heating in Slovenia. There’s a new support scheme which grants up to 55 % on RES district heating projects.

Russia: 25 Years of Sustainable Architecture
by by Bärbel Epp

Professor Pavel Kazantsev is an enthusiastic teacher of solar and sustainable architecture at the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in Vladivostok, Russia. He encourages his students during the 3-year course on the Fundamentals of Sustainable Architecture to create eco-friendly designs for residential and commercial buildings. The photo above shows the FEFU campus model created by Natalia Bakaeva.

IEA SHC Solar Academy: Solar Planning in Times of Rapid City Growth
by by Bärbel Epp

Urban planning is a highly complex issue, especially if it involves low-carbon living solutions and environmental regulations. The main objective of the international group of researchers working in Task 51, Solar Energy in Urban Planning, has been to “support planners, architects, and local and national authorities in creating urban areas with architecturally integrated solar solutions in mind.” In mid-September, task coordinator Maria Wall and other researchers presented successful case studies and suitable planning and design tools during a webinar.

Mexico: New Idea Exchange on Solar Process Heat
by by Marisol Oropeza

During an event in Mexico City on 30 August, a collaboration agreement was signed to establish a platform for promoting solar heat in Mexico. The partners in this project are ANES, the national solar energy association; DKTI Solar, the Large-Scale Solar Energy Programme by the German Agency for International Cooperation; and CONUEE, the National Commission for Energy Efficiency. The agreement is intended to result in an inter-institutional platform, to which stakeholders will contribute at their own expense.

Switzerland: Strong Heat Pump and PV Competition
by by Bärbel Epp

There couldn’t be a starker contrast between the market development of two heat segments: Whereas Swiss heat pump sales remained at around 18,400 units per year from 2014 to 2016, collector sales dropped significantly from 117,634 m² in 2014 to 66,699 m² last year. The annual solar thermal symposium on 8 November in Dübendorf near Zurich will provide an opportunity to discuss alternative applications and technologies.

IEA SHC Task 56: Cooperation on Energy Balance and Building Design Tools
by by Bärbel Epp

Facades of residential and tertiary buildings offer enough space for daylight control and HVAC systems. Optimising the performance and building integration of active envelope solutions has been one of the main objectives of Task 56 of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme. The researchers will develop algorithms to map the impact of facade-integrated HVAC and lighting components on heating, cooling and light use and incorporate these new modules into existing design tools. The intensive cooperation between scientists and software developers is one of the most fruitful aspects of global research within the IEA SHC.