IEA SHC Task 51: Solar Energy in Urban Planning
International and national collaboration, as framed by the IEA SHC Task 51 'Solar Energy in Urban Planning' has provided valuable insights and findings concerning harvesting and integration of solar energy in urban environments.
A detailed investigation of existing case studies, including three Austrian cases, has exposed the interlinked nature of different contextual, regulatory, social and technological facets, driving and influencing further development. Examination of already available solutions as well as related limitations hindering a stronger take up of solar energy use in cities, have at the same time displayed the potential fields for future action.
The total scope of the project has been outlined along four thematic areas A) Legislative Framework Conditions; B) Processes, Methods and Tools; C) Case Studies; D) Education and Educational Material. The communication and exchange of experience among the international as well as national project partners has played a key role, enabling a successful analysis, documentation and publication of the task outcomes.
Urban development topic contains – by its nature – a high level of complexity, contradicting the linear logic of purely technological development and implementation. IEA SHC Task 51 has encountered this challenge as well, while facing the liner-technological rationality of available solar technologies on the one hand, and the multi-dimensional, non-linear urban development processes and stakeholders on the other. Most of all, the international cases have exposed the fact, that implementation of solar energy use in different urban settings is to a large degree successful due to positive local framework conditions. Thus, a direct comparison or replication of international solutions is possible only to a limited degree.
The project outcomes consist of reports and publications as well as the 'Teaching and learning tool for determining the solar energy use at the district scale', all of which can be accessed on the IEA SHC Task 51 Website: http://task51.iea-shc.org/publications.
Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland.
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
DI Karl Berger
Center for Energy
Austrian Institute of Technology
FH Prof. Dr. techn. Markus Gratzl
Smart Building & Smart City
Fachhochschule Salzburg GmbH
Institut für Wärmetechnik
Institut für Städtebau
Institut für Städtebau