EuroSun 2018 - News and Updates

24. August 2018

We are happy to update you on the latest from the EuroSun 2018.

In this newsletter you will find news on the workshops being held at EuroSun 2018, updates to the program, news about the technical tours on offer, travel tips and of course more information on how to register and plan your stay.

Registration for EuroSun 2018 is available here - make sure to join us for this exciting event: eurosun2018.org/registration.html


Workshops - IEA SHC Task 54: Price Reduction of Solar Thermal Systems

As part of the EuroSun 2018, many exciting workshops will be held all throughout the week. In this newsletter we would like to introduce the IEA SHC Task 54: 

On Thursday, the 13th of September, this workshop will present the results of IEA SHC's task 54 and will give information on the solar thermal value chain and highlight parts with the highest cost reduction potential. Task 54 experts explain economic and technological mechanisms that could change the price structure of current solar thermal systems decisively by help of practical examples. Speakers are: Dr. Michael Köhl (Fraunhofer ISE), Yoann Louvet (Kassel University), Dr. Federico Giovannetti (ISFH), Dr. Daniel Mugnier (TECSOL) and Dr. Stephan Fischer (ITW).

This workshop is free and open to attend for all registered EuroSun participants.

For more information click here


EuroSun 2018 Welcomes New Bronze Sponsors

EuroSun 2018 is proud to welcome two new bronze sponsors to the conference, sti - Solar Technologie International GmbH and Vögelin Solar.

sti - Solar Technologie International GmbH provides more than 20 years of experience in the production of high performance collectors while strongly focussing on the protection of the environment through sustainable usage of energy, short routes of transport and the usage of recyclable materials. Find out more on the sti-website

Vögelin Solar focusses on research and development, education, consulting as well as project and system management all around solar and the topics of solar heating, solar energy as well as hybrid solutions, offering their expertise both for the European and also the Chinese market.  Find out more on the Vögelin Solar website

We thank our sponsors for their great support!

EuroSun 2018 offers a range of sponsoring packages and as a sponsor, you will be highly visible before, during and after the conference on the conference website and on promotional material - find more information on becoming a sponsor here


Technical Tours

As part of the conference program, EuroSun 2018 is offering two technical tours as well as a historic city tour of beautiful Rapperswil. Information about the tours can be found online - all tours will take place on Thursday, the 13th of September starting from 2pm. 


 1) EMPA Labs - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

With this tour, the EMAP R&D  laboratories such as NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies) and MOVE (the future mobility demonstrator) can be visited.

This tour will cost CHF 20 and pre-registration online through the conference registration  is necessary as places are limited.


2) HSR Labs -  „walk-in“

With this tour, conference participants can visit various labs of SPF, the Institute for Solar Technology as well as the Power-to-Methane Plant of IET, the Institute for Energy Technology on the HSR campus. The labs open at 2pm and will close at 5pm - everybody is invited to come and the tours are free of charge!

Pre-registration for these tours will take place during the conference registration on Monday.


3) Historic City Tour

A guided walking tour through the picturesque old town of Rapperswil with an afternoon exploring the city and learning about it's history can be booked by all conference participants - the tour starts at 2pm and will last about two hours. Costs for the tour are 10 Francs and registration is needed online through the conference registration as places are limited.


Young ISES meetings at EuroSun 2018

Young ISES, the social and professional network for young members of the International Solar Energy Society will be having two events for  Students, PhD students and young professionals interested in ISES:

Monday, 10th of September: A Young ISES welcome and meet and greet will be held at the conference welcome reception. Meet some of the ISES staff, learn more about our work, Young ISES and meet and connect with your fellow solar peers.

Tuesday, 11th of September: On Tuesday, we invite all students and young professionals to join the "Young ISES get-together" starting at 18:30. The informal event will take place at the Restaurant Rossini where participants can enjoy a drink and a pizza or pasta for a special rate of CHF 20.

With these events we hope to provide you with an opportunity to get to know your fellow solar and renewable energy peers, network and enjoy a break from the conference!

Registration for this get-together has to be made at the registration desk by Tuesday, 11 September, 12:30 hrs. All are welcome to attend teh Meet & Greet on Monday during the Welcome Reception.


Special conference transport ticket

EuroSun 2018 and the regional transport agency SBB are happy to provide all conference participants with a special travel ticket! This ticket will cost 49 CHF and covers the whole area of the ZVV (see the ZVV map here) and can be used for travelling by bus, train and even by boat from Zürich to Rapperswil during 9-14 of September, e.g. from Zürich airport and/or from your hotel to the conference venue (Rapperswil) and back. This is a great offer as a one way ticket from Zürich/Zürich Airport is CHF 17.20 and a one day Zürich pass is CHF 34.40.

You can do a detailed cost calculation for the tickets needed to travel from airport/hotel to the conference venue during EuroSun here 

Find all the detailed information about the ticket here.  Tickets will be available within the conference registration starting on the 28th of August.


Best Poster Awards

EuroSun 2018 program will include two poster sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. We are pleased to announce that a total of three awards will be presented to the Best Posters from the EuroSun 2018. The best posters will be selected by representatives of EuroSun, SIGES and SAC Scientific Committee and will be presented during the closing session on Thursday. More information on this will follow soon! 


Registration, Info and Social Media

Make sure to register here and secure your participation soon ->  Registration

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info [at] eurosun2018 [dot] org (subject: Registration%20question)

Also, follow EuroSun 2018 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates!