IEA SHC TASK 54: Polymeric mounting system
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.