Task 39
Task 39
SHC Task 39

Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications


April 07, 2014

IEA SHC Task Definition Workshop

A workshop for defining a new Task under IEA-SHC under the umbrella "Optimised integration of solar thermal systems" is arranged on 29 April 2014 by Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany. We would like to invite everyone who can contribute and discuss possible task topics. More information and online registration.

 For the agenda and any questions feel free to contact Sandrin.Saile@ise.fraunhofer.de



April 02, 2014

SHC2013 Proceedings online

The Proceedings of the SHC 2013 - International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling are now online in Elsevier’s Energy Procedia. All accepted papers are freely accessible. All papers published in the Energy Procedia conference proceedings will be accessible on sciencedirect.com to remain traceable and citable.

Task 39 related contribution are listed here.




October 11, 2013

Austrian Task 39 Dissemination Workshop

"Kunststoffe – die Wachstumsoption für die Solarthermie" (German)

In the frame of the Task 39 Dissemination Workshop the developed know-how related to polymeric solar thermal collectors and an outlook with regard to present and future projects were presented to more than 70 participants from research institutions and industry. Special focus was on major results of the Austrian research projects SolPol-1/2. In these projects novel collector types (e.g., with full overheating protection based on triggered backcooling) and polymeric materials with enhanced long-term performance (e.g., for solar absorbers or liners of seasonal heat stores) have been successfully developed. The hosts of the workshop were the Ministery for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) and the organisers the Johannes Kepler University Linz – Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing (JKU-IPMT) and AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC).

Link: http://www.solpol.at
Download Agenda "Kunststoffe – die Wachstumsoption für die Solarthermie"
Contact: Gernot M. Wallner, JKU Linz, gernot.wallner@jku.at


October 10, 2013

Interview: Bio plastics for solar thermal applications

This interview was held with Task 39 partner Katharina Resch, Assistant Professor at the University of Leoben, and taken by Bärbel Epp, Solarthermalworld.org, at the 2013 International Solar Heating and Cooling Conference in Freiburg, from 23-25 September.

More info: Solarthermalworld.org More interviews at SHC2013
Contact: Katharina Resch katharina.resch@unileoben.ac.at


September 30, 2013

Successful Task 39 Exhibition

The great venture to showcase innovative polymeric collectors and components at the international SHC 2013 conference on solar heating and cooling took place in Freiburg, September 23-25, 2013. The unique assembly of novel ideas for future solar thermal systems has found great interest by the conference audience and was a big success. The Task 39 exhibition team was confident having managed to significantly push forward the acceptance of novel polymeric solutions for solar thermal systems, and also all further research in the field. All Task 39 Supporters and Exhibition Partners are kindly acknowledged for supporting the exhibition. The Task 39 exhibition team looks forward to future cooperation and interesting projects. Read more in the SolarUpdate Newsletter 2014-02.

Please contact: Sandrin.Saile@ise.fraunhofer.de

The Task 39 Exhibition Team, Sandrin Saile, Andreas Piekarczyk & Michael Köhl,
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany;

June 26, 2013

Use of solar energy can get even greener

A novel research project “Bio4Sun – Bioplastics for Solar Applications” was initiated at the Department Polymer Engineering and Science at the University of Leoben and the Polymer Competence Center Leoben. Bio4Sun is funded by Austrian “Klima- und Energiefonds” and aims at evaluating and testing the potential and applicability of biogenic polymers, i.e. polymers based on renewable resources and/or biodegradable polymers, for the use as components for solar thermal devices. Application relevant properties of candidate materials will be characterized and a comprehensive polymer physical property profile will be compiled. Furthermore a systematic characterization of the degradation behavior after accelerated weathering under application relevant conditions and a first basic assessment of the lifetime will be done. After successful project conclusion an extensive set of information on the applicability and the limitations of use of biogenic polymers for solar technologies will be available. These results should serve to initiate innovative industrial research work in the fields of solar heat.
Read more (in German language) ...

Katharina Resch, Department Polymer Engineering and Science, University of Leoben, Austria; katharina.resch@unileoben.ac.at

Sept. 28 - Oct. 01, 2010

Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications

The interview was held with the Operating Agent of Task 39, Michael Köhl from the Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg in Germany and taken by Bärbel Epp (Solrico) for Solarthermalworld.org at the EUROSUN 2010 in Graz, Austria.