The market for solar thermal products is highly international in nature. Co-operation with European solar energy research centres therefore makes good sense and yields new ideas and expertise. Products from Swiss manufacturers have to comply with European standards and requirements in order for them to receive official approval, and this means that a proactive approach is called for.
Switzerland maintains international contacts through direct involvement in projects and the formulation of standards, as well as in laboratory tests and within networks, and by participating at international conferences or as a member of scientific committees.
In the area of heat storage, too, Switzerland seeks exchanges of findings at the international level, for example regarding new solutions for solar heat storage which extend beyond water and seasonal underground storage.
Switzerland is involved in intensive research co-operation within the scope of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) programme.
Since 2000, Switzerland has participated in the following projects:
In addition, Switzerland has contacts with the following other IEA programmes: "Energy Conservation through Energy Storage" (ECES), of which Switzerland is no longer a member, "Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems" (ECBCS), and "Heat Pump Programme" (HPP).