IEA SHC Solar Academy: Solar heating for industrial processes
Thursday, 06. July 2017
1:00 to 2:30 PM (GMT)
The webinar duration is 1:30 hours.

IEA SHC Solar Academy: Solar heating for industrial processes

A webinar of the IEA SHC Programme's Solar Academy, hosted by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). 

Researchers have worked intensively across national borders to increase deployment of Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP), which is regarded as one of the most promising solar thermal applications. When IEA SHC Task 49, Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes, was launched in 2012, there were reportedly around 120 SHIP systems adding up to 88 MWth. Over the last years, total installation figures have tripled to more than 500 systems and a minimum of 291 MWth globally.

Increasing the number of SHIP plants around the world even further will require integration concepts to be standardised and simplified and collector field costs to be cut. The researchers of Task 49 have gone to great lengths to address these challenges and will present the key findings of their work during a webinar mainly dedicated to the planning as well as development of collector technologies and hydraulic designs. The speakers will additionally highlight investment opportunities in SHIP.

This will be the second of a series of webinars organised by the IEA SHC Programme’s Solar Academy and hosted by the International Solar Energy Society. A recording of the event and the presentations from the webinar will be made available on the IEA SHC website,, after the live stream. Join us for a discussion about the opportunities and challenges of SHIP!

Panelist speakers and topics:

  • Christoph Brunner: Global view on solar heat for industrial processes - From planning to realization
  • Pedro Horta: Available technologies, design procedures and upcoming innovations
  • Bärbel Epp: Investment opportunities in solar heat for industry
  • Werner Weiss: Webinar moderator

The SHC Solar Academy is a means to share key results of the IEA SHC Programme with stakeholders from business and science. The webinars are one of four ways in which the IEA SHC is reaching out to a global audience to exchange information and to support R&D efforts and the implementation of solar heating and cooling projects all over the world. For more information on other Solar Academy activities, please go to:

More information on Task 49:

Webinar presentations

Presentation by Bärbel Epp
Presentation by Werner Weiss
Presentation by Pedro Horta
Presentation by Christoph Brunner


Christoph Brunner

Christoph Brunner studied process engineering at Graz University of Technology and worked first as a manger of a laboratory for physical and chemical tests in a tannery. After 10 years as department manager at Joanneum Research he joined AEE INTEC in 2010 and has built up the department “Industrial Processes and Energy Systems – IPE”. In his role as head of department he coordinates several projects e.g. the European projects EINSTEIN, Solarbrew, GREENFOODS and TrsutEE. The main topics of his work are the areas energy and resource efficiency, the integration of renewable energy for industry like solar process heat and membrane distillation for wastewater purification and process water upgrading. He was Operating Agent of the IEA SHC Task on “solar process heat”. Further he is involved in the Austrian and European work of Standardization for energy audits and he is working for UNIDO in field of energy efficiency for Industry. Parallel to his work at AEE INTEC he also gives lectures at the University of Applied Science in Pinkafeld and Joanneum in Graz in the field of “energy process engineering” and “solar energy”.

Pedro Horta

Pedro Horta graduated from the Instituto Superior Tecnico/Technical University of Lisbon earning degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, MSc in Mechanical Engineering – Energy in 2005, and a PhD in Technological Physics Engineering in 2011. With a 15 years of experience in the development of research activities in the solar thermal field he has acquired a solid background in low and medium temperature solar thermal technologies and applications through developing R&D, training, engineering, consulting and product development activities, authoring articles and conference papers on topics including solar concentrator enhancement strategies, optical and thermal assessment of solar collectors, solar desalination, solar-thermal driven CHP, and improving solar collector yield assessment models.  In addition to his research activities, Pedro Horta has developed lecturing activities on solar desalination, solar concentrating technologies and energy management for Masters students in Portugal (ULisboa, UFaro, UEvora), Spain (UTenerife) and Sweden (UDalarna).  Pedro Horta is currently the Head of the Group on Thermal Industrial Processes and Systems at Fraunhofer ISE. He served as the Subtask A: Solar Collector Technologies leader in IEA SHC Task 49 on  Solar Process Heat for Production and Advanced Applications and is the Coordinator of H2020 ECRIA INSHIP - Integrating National Research Agendas on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (H2020 GA Nr. 731287).

Bärbel Epp

Bärbel Epp is managing director of the agency solrico – solar market research & international communication. She is responsible for the monthly newsletter of covering news articles about markets and technology trends in SHC. solrico published the first World Map of Solar Process Heat Specialists at the beginning of 2017 and is a partner in the international project Solar Payback that aims at increasing the deployment of SHIP (Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) in four partner countries: India, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico. She graduated in physics and looks back at 20 years of journalism in the field of solar thermal energy (

Link to reports "World Map of Solar Process Heat Specialists 2017" and "Solar Heat for Industry - facts and figures on 20 pages":

Werner Weiss - moderator

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.

He is member of the Scientific Council of EURAC Research in Italy and member of the Peer Review College of the Danish Council of Strategic Research.

Since 2007 he is lecturer at Vienna University of Technology and the University of Applied Sciences - Technikum Wien.

Additional information

Webinar recording

We understand that sometimes the time of the webinar may not suit people in many parts of the world. While we try to alternate webinar times to suit as many time zones as possible, it is not always possible. Therefore, we will post the recording of the webinar on this webpage, on the ISES YouTube channel and on the IEA SHC Solar Academy website and IEA SHC Solar Academy YouTube channel.

Questions and answers

During the live webinar, there is a "questions and answers" session within the last 10 to 20 minutes. We encourage you to continue the discussion on LinkedIn (ISES LinkedIn group and IEA SHC LinkedIn group)