IEA SHC Solar Academy Webinar on Solar Heating and Cooling Markets and Industry Trends (1)
Tuesday, 21. June 2022
2:00 to 3:30 PM (PM GMT/UTC)
The webinar duration is 1:30 hours.

IEA SHC Solar Academy Webinar on Solar Heating and Cooling Markets and Industry Trends (1)

This webinar will highlight the global solar thermal market development as well as industry and business trends in 2021. A special focus will be placed on countries that again recorded very good growth rates, but also on large-scale systems in the field of solar district heating, solar heat for industrial processes and PVT systems, which have recorded remarkable market growth in recent years.
In addition, the enormous upheavals that have occurred in the Chinese solar thermal market in recent years will be presented.


The webinar will welcome the following three presentations:

  • Werner Weiss (AEE  INTEC, Austria): Solar Heat Worldwide - Solar Heating and Cooling Markets and Industry Trends in 2021
  • Ruicheng Zheng (China Academy of Building Research, China): China - Developments in the World's Largest Market
  • Bärbel Epp (solrico, Germany): Global Solar Heat Industry: A Close Look into Business and Technology Trends

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 afterward. The webinar is organized by the Solar Academy of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Program and hosted by ISES, the International Solar Energy Society.

Special announcement - Webinar re-run on 23 June 2022 at 6 AM GMT/UTC

ISES and the IEA SHC Solar Academy are happy to announce that this webinar will be broadcasted again on23 June 2022 at 6 AM GMT/UTC to accommodate our global audience, especially from Australia and Asia. To learn more and register for the webinar on June 23, please visit this page.


Webinar Presentations


Werner Weiss

Werner WEISS is a 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 a Member of the Board.
Werner works 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 a 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 Werner acted as Chairman of this IEA programme.
Since 2007, Werner is a lecturer at the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Applied Sciences - Technikum Wien.

Ruicheng Zheng

Ruicheng Zheng is a Professor at the China Academy of Building Research, Chief Engineer at the National Center for Quality Supervision and Testing of Solar Heating Systems, and was the Director of the Committee of Solar Thermal Conversion of the Chinese Renewable Energy Society from 2004-2015. In her work, Ruicheng Zheng focuses on energy efficiency and solar applications in buildings and manages national and international research projects and cooperations. Ruicheng Zheng also is Editor-in.Chief on different national standards (e.g. ISO 22975-5 and GB 50495) as well as a book author of several technical books.

Ruicheng Zheng has been awarded the Outstanding Performance Award of the National Research Projects as well as the China Award for Science and Technology in Construction.

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) 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.

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.