IEA SHC Solar Academy: Solar Heating and Cooling Markets and Industry Trends (2)
Thursday, 24. June 2021
6:00 to 7:00 AM (GMT/UTC)
The webinar duration is 1:00 hour.

IEA SHC Solar Academy: Solar Heating and Cooling Markets and Industry Trends (2)

This webinar will highlight the global solar thermal market development as well as industry and business trends in 2020. A special focus will be on successful applications, such as solar assisted district heating, solar heat for industrial processes and PVT systems, which have recorded remarkable market growth in recent years.

In addition, the background of the very positive market development in Germany and PV2heat systems, which are becoming increasingly popular, especially in South Africa will be presented.

The webinar will welcome the following three presentations:

  • Werner Weiss: Solar Heating and Cooling – The global market development
  • Bärbel Epp :Solar Heating and Cooling industry and business trends 2020
  • Harald Drück: Market growth made in Germany

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

Q/A Session: The 90-minute webinar will include a 30 minutes Q/A session and a recording of the webinar will be available online afterwards. The webinar is organised by the Solar Academy of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Program and hosted by ISES, the International Solar Energy Society.

About this webinar:

Please note that this webinar will consist of two elements - we will jointly watch the broadcast of the webinar presentations as they were held in the original webinar on June 22. After this, we will head into a live Q/A session moderated by Pedro Dias to answer your questions!

For this, two separate registrations will be necessary - one for the webinar broadcast and one for the live Q/A session - please read the instructions below on how to register.

To attend the broadcasted webinar:

- Register via the box on the left side of this homepage

- Join the webinar broadcast on 24 June at 6 AM GMT/UTC

To attend the live Q/A session:

- To attend the Q/A session after the broadcasted webinar, register via this link.

Please note that only completing your registration for the Q/A session will allow you to join this part of the webinar for live interaction with the moderator and speakers.


Webinar presentations


Pedro Dias - Moderator

The webinar will be moderated by Pedro Dias, Secretary General of Solar Heat Europe, Belgium. Mr. Dias holds a management degree from the 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.

Bärbel Epp

Bärbel Epp is the founder and managing director of the German consultancy solrico. She is responsible for the international newsletter of the web portal, reporting exclusively about market and technology trends in the solar heating and cooling sector globally. solrico also created the first online World Map of SHIP suppliers (SHIP = Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) see and carries out surveys among the around 80 companies listed on the world map annually. Since six years Bärbel Epp is SHC chapter author of the annual Global Status Report on Renewables published by REN21. Bärbel Epp graduated in Physics at the University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Werner Weiss

Werner Weiss is founding member of the Austrian research institute AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) in Gleisdorf. He was the director of the institute until February 2020 and is now member of the board.

He is working in national and international solar thermal and energy efficiency projects since the beginning of the 1980ies and 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 a lecturer at Vienna University of Technology and the University of Applied Sciences - Technikum Wien.

Harald Drück

Dr. Harald Drück is head of the Research and Test Centre for Solar Systems (TZS) and  head of R&D at the Institute for Building Energetics, Thermotechnology and Energy Storage (IGTE) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His scientific focus is predominately related to development of performance test methods and certification schemes for solar systems and their components for domestic hot water production, space heating, industrial processes and solar thermal cooling as well as on the areas of heat storage, buildings with high solar fractions and smart cities.

Nationally and internationally, Dr. Harald Drück works as a consultant for a large number of public and private clients. In addition, he is involved in numerous national and international working groups and committees, e.g. as Honorary Chairman of the Solar Keymark Network and Chairman of the Global Solar Certification Network, the European Standardisation Committee CEN TC 312 and the international Standardisation Committee ISO TC 180 as well as the board of directors of the European solar thermal industry federation Solar Heat Europe (SHE). Furthermore he is operating agent of the newly initiated IEA SHC Task 66 on Solar Energy Buildings.
In addition to his work at the University of Stuttgart, Harald Drück is also head of SWT (Solar- und Wärmetechnik Stuttgart / Solar Heat Technology Stuttgart), one of the leading service providers in the field of solar thermal technology and adjunct Professor at the Raiagiri School of Engineering and Technology in Kochi, India.