TASK 51: Solar Energy in Urban Planning

Task 51 is designed to provide support to urban planners, authorities and architects to achieve urban areas and eventually whole cities with architecturally integrated solar energy solutions.

IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme

The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) was established in 1977, one of the first programmes of the International Energy Agency, to promote the use of all aspects of solar thermal energy. The Programme's work is unique in that it is accomplished through the international collaborative effort of experts from member countries and the European Union.

The benefits of this approach are:

  • accelerates the pace of technology development
  • promotes standardization
  • enhances national R&D programmes
  • permits national specialization
  • saves time and money

Collaborating Organizations

SHC 2017 Save the Date: October 29 - November 2, 2017 - Abu Dhabi, UAESHC 2017: Save the Date - October 29 - November 2, 2017 - Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Publication Highlight
Solar Heat Worldwide

The latest edition of Solar Heat Worldwide is now available. This report comprises solar thermal market data from 61 countries covering an estimated 95% of the worldwide market.   Read More >>

Solar Update - November 2105

The latest edition of the SHC newsletter Solar Update is now available.  The newsletter includes articles on New Member - ISES, 2016 Solar Thermal Trends, Solar Rating & Certification - Interview, Urban Planning, EU Horizon 2020, Task 42: Compact Storage, Solar Heat in Industrial Processes - Interview, Task 53: Solar Cooling, MarketPlace.  Read More >>

Task Highlight
TASK 31:

This Task seeks to make daylighting the typical and preferred design solution for lighting buildings in the 21st century by integrating human response with the application of daylighting systems and shading and electric light control strategies.