IEA SHC TASK 54: Polymeric mounting system

Presentation at the expert meeting of the International Energy Agency.

The 6th expert meeting oft he SHC Task took place in Sophia Antipolis from 24th to 26th April. The meeting was preceded by a workshop on the topic of life-cycle analysis.

For the first time, Robert Buchinger, CEO of Sunlumo Technology, presented the concept of a mounting system based on polymeric materials for solar collectors.

The polymeric mounting system is part of the project work in SolPol 4/5. At Sunlumo it is researched, which basic opportunities, regarding materials, stability and integration of functions, a polymeric mounting system can provide. Set goal are low production costs, a favourable environmental balance as well as a simplified assembling

The IEA Task 54 aims at the end-user price reduction for solar thermal systems by evaluating and developing sustainable means to reduce production and/or installation costs on material, sub-component, system-component and system level.

Special emphasis is placed on the identification and reduction of post-production cost drivers, e.g.channels of distribution. An extensive market research and the definition of reference systems, cost analyses, and the study of socio-political boundary conditions for solar thermal prices in selected regions will provide the basis for the evaluation of cost-structures and the cost reduction potential. Additionally, ways to make solar thermal more attractive by improved marketing and consumer-oriented design will be explored.