IEA SHC Solar Academy: Solar Heating and Cooling Market and Industry Trends 2018
Wednesday, 03. July 2019
2:00 to 3:30 AM (PM - GMT/UTC)
The webinar duration is 1:30 hours.

IEA SHC Solar Academy: Solar Heating and Cooling Market and Industry Trends 2018

The International Solar Energy Society  is hosting the next webinar in the IEA SHC Solar Academy's 2019 webinar series on the topic of Solar Heating and Cooling Market and Industry Trends 2018.

This webinar will highlight the key data and findings of the two most recent SHC market reports: Solar Heat Worldwide: Global Market Development and Trends in 2018 from IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) and the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report from REN21.

The cumulated solar thermal capacity in operation by end of 2018 was 480 GWth (686 million square meters). Compared to the year 2000 the installed capacity grew by the factor 7.7. Despite these achievements, the global solar thermal market has faced challenging times in recent years. In 2018 very positive growth figures in nine of the top 20 countries worldwide point to a turnaround in the market for solar thermal energy. Also, the number of megawatt-scale systems for district heating as well as for industrial applications show positive trends. A number of promising projects have been implemented ranging from small-scale demonstration plants to very large systems with 100 MWth capacity. Last but not least hybrid photovoltaic-thermal collectors and applications have reached a market volume that is notable. By the end of 2018, more than one million square meters of PVT collectors had been in operation.

Three experts will speak during the 1.5 hours webinar and a recording will be available online afterwards.

Werner Weiss, Director of the Austrian research institute AEE INTEC and co-author of the study Solar Heat Worldwide, shares key data on global market developments, added capacity in 2018, prospering applications, jobs and the contribution to emission reduction. His presentation is titled "Global Market developments and highlights in 2018".

Thomas Ramschak, research associate at AEE INTEC and Subtask leader of IEA SHC Task 60 on Application of PVT Collectors, explores market and industry development of PV-Thermal technologies. His presentation is titled "Photovoltaic-Thermal Systems (PVT) achieves market relevance".

Bärbel Epp, News Editor of and author of the GSR section Solar Heating and Cooling Market and Industry, presents industry and business trends 2018. Her presentation is titled "Industry and business trends 2018".

The webinar will be moderated by Pedro Dias, Secretary General of Solar Heat Europe, Belgium.

Q/A Session:

As the Q/A session faced some technical issues for some of the speakers, we have collected all questions submitted by the audience and the answers given by our speakers in writing here.

Webinar presentations


Pedro Dias - Moderator

Pedro Dias joined Solar Heat Europe in 2008, first as Operations Manager, later as Deputy Secretary General. He was later appointed as Secretary General in April 2014. Mr. Dias holds a management degree from Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (IPVC) in Portugal and has extensive experience in both private sectors and the non-governmental sectors. Previously, he worked in the heating sector, more specifically in gas retail and commercialisation of heating equipment.

Werner Weiss

Werner Weiss is founding member and director of the Austrian research institute AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) in Gleisdorf and is working in national and international solar thermal and energy efficiency projects since the beginning of the 1980ies. He headed numerous national and international projects – especially in the framework of EU, IEA and UNIDO programs. Since 2009 he is board member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling and since 2010 the Austrian representative in the Executive Committee of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA). From 2010 to 2014 he acted as chairman of this IEA programme. Since 2007 he is lecturer at Vienna University of Technology and the University of Applied Sciences - Technikum Wien.

Presentation Title: Global Market developments and highlights in 2018


Bärbel Epp

Bärbel Epp is the founder and managing director of the German consultancy solrico – solar market research & international communication. She is responsible for the international newsletter on the web portal, reporting exclusively about market and technology trends in the solar heating and cooling sector. solrico also published the first World Map of SHIP suppliers (SHIP = Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) and carries out surveys among the around 80 companies listed on the world map. Since three years Bärbel Epp is author of the SHC chapter of the Annual Global Status Report on Renewables published by REN21.

Presentation Title: Industry and business trends 2018


Thomas Ramschack

Thomas Ramschak is research associate at AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) in Gleisdorf, Austria and Subtask leader of IEA SHC Task 60 “Application of PVT Collectors”. He is an Engineer holding a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics and gathered more than 9 years of R&D experience. The focus areas of his research are Thermal Energy Technologies and Hybrid Systems.

Presentation Title: Photovoltaic-Thermal Systems (PVT) achieves market relevance