IEA Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC)

Since 1977 the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme supports joint research and development activities in the field of solar thermal technologies focusing solar thermal for heating and cooling of buildings, for industrial applications and in agriculture.

Short Description

30 % of the overall energy consumption of IEA member countries is spent on energy for heating, domestic hot water, cooling and lighting. Most applications cover the temperature range below 250°C and therefore are predestinated for solar thermal technologies.


The vision is to cover 50 % of low temperature needs in regard to heating and cooling with solar by 2030.


The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme aims to support unified international efforts in respect to solar thermal for buildings, industrial applications and agriculture. Thus it generates significantly added value compared to national research and development activities and demonstration projects.

To reach the vision the SHC Programme cooperates with several different IEA Programmes such as Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme, Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme, Concentrating Solar Energy and Heat Pumping Technologies Programme. In addition experts of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme work together with representatives of Solar Thermal Associations in Europe (ESTIF), USA and Asia.

Results are being disseminated to solar research associations, solar thermal companies, energy suppliers and service companies for consumers and building owners.

Tasks with Austrian involvement

Ongoing Tasks

Completed Tasks


Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Participating organisations

  • European Commission
  • ECREEE (ECOWAS - Economic Community of West African States - Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency)
  • European Copper Institute
  • RCREEE (Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency -MENA region)
  • Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD)
  • ISES (International Solar Energy Society)

Contact Address

Ing. Werner Weiß
Feldgasse 19
8200 Gleisdorf
Tel.: +43 (3112) 5886 117