Solar Thermal Conference Wels

  Date:   04 - 05 March 2010
  Venue:   A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria
  Conference fee:

   120 Euro (plus 10% VAT)

  Conference languages:   English, German
  Organisation and conference office:    O.O. Energiesparverband
   Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
   Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
   Fax +43/732/7720-14383
   office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at  



4 March 2010

14.00 Opening & Welcome

  • Solar thermal markets today and tomorrow
    Xavier Noyon, Secretary General, ESTIF

  • Potentials of solar thermal energy in Europe
    Reinhard Haas, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

  • Quality assurance for solar collectors: from the production to end use
    Matthias Rommel, Director, Institut für Solartechnik, Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Switzerland

  • Upper Austria - a successful solar thermal strategy
    Christiane Egger, Deputy General Manager, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria

  • Lessons for solar water heating from solar testing
    Danny Parker, Florida Solar Energy Centre, USA

16.00 Discussion/Coffee break

16.30 Technologies and programmes

  • Air collectors - new developments and opportunities
    Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, European Solar Thermal Technology Platform/Fraunhofer ISE
  • Compact thermal energy storage - assessing different options
    Wim van Helden, Wim van Helden Renewable Heat/ASiC, The Netherlands
  • Large-scale solar district heating plants
    Jan Erik Nielsen, PlanEnergi, Denmark
  • Solar air conditioning - trends and future developments
    Alexander Morgenstern, Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme, Germany
  • Solar water heaters for developing countries
    Navratna Mal Nahar, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, India

  • Towards 1000 solar thermal roofs in Croatia
    Julije Domac, Managing Director, North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency, Croatia

  • HOSPISOL - a successful programme for solar thermal contracting
    Jorge Jové Sandoval, Ente Regional de la Energía de Castilla y León, Spain

19.00 End 

19.00 Evening programme

5 March 2010

9.15 Current developments of international solarthermal markets (English only)

    Opening & Welcome

  • Germany: Werner B. Koldehoff, Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW)
  • Austria: Roger Hackstock, Austria Solar 
  • Spain: David Pérez, eclareon
  • France: Richard Loyen, General Secretary, ENERPLAN
  • Ireland: Paul Dykes, Sustainable Energy Ireland
  • Czech Republic: Ivana Klobušníková, Energy Centre České Budějovice
  • Poland: Grzegorz Wisniewski, President, EC BREC/IEO
  • China: Zheng Ruicheng, China Academy of Building Research

  • Innovative policies for renewable heating and cooling
    Wolfgang Hiegl, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany


    Chairperson: Uwe Trenkner, Trenkner Consulting

13.15 End of conference

Solar thermal is a key technology in achieving European targets in the field of renewable energy and climate protection. It has been seeing a strong market growth in many European countries. According to the European Solar Thermal Technology Platform, solar thermal could cover - in combination with energy efficiency measures - up to 50 % of the total heat demand in Europe by 2030.

The Solar Thermal Conference Wels will present innovative technologies and solutions, such as solar cooling, solar process heat or innovative approaches to thermal storage. It will also discuss market trends in Europe and beyond as well as innovative financing solutions and policies and programmes promoting solar thermal.

The location of the conference is very well chosen: with more than 700 m2 per 1000 inhabitants, Upper Austria is a leading solar region worldwide and with 1,000,000 m2 of installed solar collectors clearly the number one in Austria.

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