SHC 2013 - Internation Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry

Keynote Speakers

Christoph Brunner


Solar process heat  - best practice plants and future developments


Christoph Brunner (MSc): since 2010 head of department at AEE INTEC: Industrial Processes and Energy Systems, Project coordinator of several national and international projects as SolarFoods, GREENFOODS (IEE), SOLAR BREW (FP 7), EINSTEIN (IEE project for energy audits and training), Operating agent in the IEA Task 49 - Solar Process Heat for Production and Advanced Applications. Expert for industrial energy efficiency and process intensification with focus on the food and beverage industry including the pinch analyses (PE2, SOCO, EINSTEIN) and involved in the Austrian and European work of Standardization for energy audits (CEN), worked for UNIDO in field of energy efficiency for industry. Lector at the Applied Science in Pinkafeld for energy process engineering, solar thermal energy.


The key note will give an overview on the most recent developments and insights into process collector technology, as well as solar thermal system integration into industrial production processes.  These newest scientific developments will be combined with experience from installed solar systems.


Bärbel Epp 


Classification of demand side support schemes: pros and cons of different models


Bärbel Epp is managing director of the agency solrico – solar market research & international communication. She is responsible for the international newsletter of solrico has launched a business climate index called ISOL Index analysing the market development in the global solar thermal industry. She graduated in physics and looks back at 15 years of journalism and market research in the field of solar energy.


Experiences show that only a coherent bundle of complementing measures will lead to a sustainable solar thermal market. The presentation summarises the lessons learned from “carrot and stick measures” all around the world and presents a check list “how to design a successful support scheme"



Dr. Paolo Frankl



The Role of Solar Thermal in the Future Energy Mix


Paolo Frankl is Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency. He joined the Agency in July 2007.
In this role, Dr. Frankl leads the Agency’s work on renewable energy issues, coordinating a team of policy analysts on the status and progress of renewable energy technologies, renewable energy markets, and systems integration.
A physicist by training, Dr. Frankl holds a Ph.D in energy and environmental technologies from the University of Rome. Previous positions held were in academia and in private Italian consultancy firms researching renewable energy, life cycle assessment and eco-labeling.


Dr. Michel Haller

(Institut für Solartechnik SPF, University of Applied Sciences HSR, Switzerland)

Solar and Heat Pump Systems - A Question of Technology?

Graduated in  Environmental Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zürich in 2000. After some years of experience in the solar thermal field acquired his PhD at the Institute of Thermal Engineering IWT at Graz University of Technology in Austria in 2010. Since 2010 he is working at the SPF Institut für Solartechnik in Switzerland as a Research Project Manager dealing mostly with solar and heat pump combinations and with whole system testing approaches. Since 2010 he is also leader of the Subtask C "modeling and simulation" of the IEA SHC Task 44 / HPP Annex 38 "Solar and Heat Pump Systems". And since 2012 coordinator of the EU FP7 project Macsheep.


Adrian Joyce



Renovate Europe: How to trigger energy efficient renovation in Europe

Adrian Joyce qualified as an architect in 1984 and, after 18 years in private practice, started to work in architectural policy.  He first held a post as Director of the Royal Insititute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and then as Director at the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE).  In 2011 he took up the post of Secretary General at the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) and also became Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign. He is also a part time lecturer in construction technology at the Faculty of Architecture (LOCI) at the Catholic University of Louvain-le-Neuve.

Without addressing the poor energy performance of the existing buildings stock in the EU, we have no chance of achieving our collective 2050 low-carbon goals. This talk will present the Renovate Europe Campaign which, through targeted political communications, is striving to ensure that we do meet our 2050 goals in the EU.


Doug McClenahan

(CanmetENERGY-Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada)


Solar District Heating with Seasonal Storage in Canada


Doug McClenahan is the Solar Thermal R&D Program Manager for Natural Resources Canada’s CANMET Energy Technology Centre in Ottawa, the lead energy S&T delivery organization of the Government of Canada. He is the Past Chair of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Program. Prior to working with CanmetENERGY, he was a Solar Research Associate with the University of Toronto. Throughout his career he has been actively involved in the development and commercialization of low temperature solar heating systems including low flow solar water heaters, transpired solar air collectors, and more recently has led the development of the award winning Drake Landing Solar Community, the first solar seasonal storage community space heating demonstration in North America.



The Drake Landing Solar Community is the first solar district heating system to achieve >90% solar fraction and the first operating in such a cold climate (5200 degree C-days). This presentation covers design and performance highlights as well as future activities planned in Canada


Dr. Maria Cristina Munari Probst



Architectual Integration of Solar Energy


Dipl. Architect from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia - IUAV (Italy) in 1998.
PhD at EPFL in Environment in 2008.
Practicing architect specialized in solar architecture from 1999;
Works at  at EPFL -  LESO (Solar Energy Lab) from 2003 as reserarcher and teacher.  
Research fields:
- criteria for architectural integration of solar systems in the design practice (among other, sub task Leader in IEA Task 41 Solar Energy and Architecture)
- development of new, adapted, solar products for building integration ( among other a PhD thesis and a book Routledge on Solar Thermal Systems design criteria)
- urban strategies for solar energy use (LESO-QSV method for the urban acceptability of active solar systems , IEA Task 51 Solar Energy in Urban Design).


Oliver Rapf


Implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: which role for renewable heating?

Oliver Rapf is Executive Director of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, a think-do-tank with a focus on energy and the built environment and represents BPIE in the Executive Committee of the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN). Before that, Oliver worked as Head of the Climate Business Engagement unit of WWF International, managing strategy and partnership development with the private sector. Leading an international team, he advised multinational companies on climate change and energy issues. His experience in buildings efficiency goes back to the late 90s when he was a project leader for several deep renovation projects on behalf of WWF in cooperation with housing companies across Germany.

Oliver Rapf will present the results of several BPIE studies that reveal the cost-effectiveness of renewable solutions in reaching nZEB and in the context of cost-optimal calculations.      


Gerhard Stryi-Hipp
(Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE)

The Future of Solar Thermal Energy in Buildings - Important Pillar or Minor Element?


Gerhard Stryi-Hipp is a physicist and is working in the solar energy sector since 1992. Until 2008, he was managing director of the German Solar Industry Association BSW-Solar and its predecessors. In 2009 he moved to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE as Head of Energy Policy and Group Leader Solar Thermal Systems. Currently he is leading research on solar thermal energy in the field of Photovoltaic-Thermal Hybrid Collectors and Solar-Active-Houses with high solar fraction of their heating demand. Since 2011, he is coordinating the topic »Smart Energy Cities« at Fraunhofer ISE. Gerhard Stryi-Hipp is president of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling and chairman of the Solar Thermal Panel of the platform.



The competition of sustainable heating technologies in buildings is growing and solar thermal is loosing attractiveness. However, there are good reasons, why solar thermal energy will play an important role in future energy concepts of buildings.



Prof. He Tao 
(China Academy of Building Research)

Large scale systems in China


He Tao is deputy director of Testing Center of Solar Heating Systems at CABR and IEA-SHC Executive Committee representative of China. His research focus is in the field of building energy efficiency, solar application in builds' R & D. He worked as a HVAC engineer in China Academy of Building Research (CABR) for more than 10 years. He Tao designed or installed dozens of HVAC systems since he graduated in HVAC Engineering at Tianjin University in 1996. He also engaged in heating radiator testing from 1996 to 2000.  He was in charge of the project to establish three national solar thermal testing laboratories according to Chinese and International standards under the technical and finacial support of UNDP from 1999 to 2004.



This paper introduces the general situation of Large scale solar thermal systems in China, summarizes the typical systems, analyzes their pros and cons, indicates the developing trend of large scale systems in China.



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