Quality Assurance in Solar Thermal heating and cooling technology - keeping track with recent and upcoming developments

 

Acronym: QAiST
Title: Quality Assurance iSolar Thermal heating and cooling technology - keeping track with recent and upcoming developments
Status: Active
Funding Organization: European Union

IEE (Contract IEE/08/593/SI2.529236)

NCSR D

Role:

Partner
Leader in charge: E. Mathioulakis
Start Date: 01/06/2009
Duration: 36 months
Project

Website:

http://www.estif.org/projects/ongoing_projects/qaist/
Summary The scope of the Project is to elaborate solutions for the problems related to the further penetration of solar thermal energy technologies, mainly as regards the quality assurance and the performance of the solar thermal products and installations. The ultimate goal for the longer term is to improve the confidence of potential users to the solar thermal energy products, through the flexible, reliable and effective characterization of the involved technologies on a qualitative basis, as well as regarding their energy performance.

Main element of this effort is the elaboration of new standards and the improvement of the existent ones, towards the improvement of the reliability of the test results, the integration of the most recent technological achievements and, mainly, the strengthening of accreditation as a tool for the objective evaluation of the products.

The implementation of the Project is carried out by the most significant European Laboratories, acting in the field of solar thermal energy, in collaboration with manufacturers and accreditation bodies.