SHC 2012 - International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry

9th - 11th July 2012
InterContinental San Francisco Hotel
San Francisco, US

SHC 2012 is the first of this new series of scientific and policy conferences on solar heating and cooling. The conference offers a discussion platform for project results and progress of the IEA SHC Programme´s work, but also targets a much wider audience of the solar heating and cooling community.

Content Description

While only 19% of the world's energy usage is electricity, this sector usually draws all the public attention. But 53% of all energy is used for heating and cooling purposes. The SHC 2012 conference puts the spotlight on the fastest growing technology in this sector - solar thermal energy.

The worldwide capacity of solar collectors already stands at 200 GWth and installation numbers are growing in countries around the world. Solar heat is used to prepare domestic hot water, to heat buildings, and in industrial processes. It is also fed into district heating networks and used for air conditioning and other cooling applications.

SHC 2012 offers a platform to discuss the latest advancements in solar heating and cooling technologies. The quality of the papers presented at the conference is assured by a Scientific Committee. The IEA SHC is glad to announce that Professor Jane Davidson of the University of Minnesota, USA and Dr. Stephen Harrison of the Queen's University, Canada will jointly head this committee.

The conference takes place in the same week as the Intersolar North America trade fair, thus allowing visitors to attend both events.


Conference proceedings will be published in ELSEVIER's Energy Procedia. A selection of high quality papers will be published in Solar Energy Journal.

Target Audience

  • R&D experts from companies, research institutes, and universities
  • Scientists and researchers
  • Market and policy specialists
  • Experts of the solar heating and cooling community
  • Representatives from finance and investment
  • Policymakers 

Participant Information

The Scientific Committee of SHC 2012 invites you to submit your abstract for the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry by January 31, 2012.

Important Dates

  • Call for Papers: October 1, 2011
  • Deadline for Abstracts: January 31, 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 15, 2012
  • Early Bird Registration: June 15, 2012
  • Full Paper Due Date: June 25, 2012
  • SHC 2012: July 9-11, 2012

Contact Address


Scientific Chair of SHC 2012:

  • Dr. Jane Davidson, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Steven Harrison, Queen's University

Sientific Chair of IEA SHC program:

  • Werner Weiss, AEE Intec