Solar Academy WebinarThis IEA SHC Solar Academy webinar looked at developments and trends in the global solar thermal market in 2022 and presented interesting major projects being implemented worldwide. A specific focus will be given to solar industrial process heat applications. 

The webinar moderated by Pedro Dias, Policy Director at Solar Heat Europe.


Webinar Recordings 

  • June - 20 live webinar and Q&A

  • June - 22 webinar rebroadcast and live Q&A with the presenters

June 20, 2023

June 22, 2023


Werner Weiss

Werner WeissWerner WEISS is a founding member of the Austrian research institute AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) in Gleisdorf. He was the Director of the institute until February 2020 and is now a Member of the board. Werner has been working in national and international solar thermal and energy efficiency projects since the beginning of the 1980ies and headed numerous national and international projects – especially in the framework of EU, IEA and UNIDO programs. Since 2010 he is the Austrian representative in the Executive Committee of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA). From 2010 to 2014 he acted as chairman of this IEA programme. Since 2007 he is a Lecturer at the Vienna University of Technology.

Bärbel Epp

Bärbel Epp is the founder and managing director of the German consultancy solrico. She is responsible for the international newsletter of the web portal, reporting exclusively about market and technology trends in the solar heating and cooling sector globally. solrico also created the first online World Map of SHIP suppliers (SHIP = Solar Heat for Industrial Processes, see and carries out surveys among the around 70 companies listed on the world map annually. Bärbel Epp graduated in Physics from the University of Oldenburg, Germany.

Nicolas Graveline

Nicolas GravelineNicolas Graveline, an Engineer in energy and environment, worked in the water treatment sector in France, Germany, Australia and Indonesia between 2005 and 2011 and has since switched to project development in energy efficiency and renewable energy production, focusing on getting these types of projects financially viable (subsidies, carbon pricing mechanism, white certificates, debt, ESCO model). He joined Newheat as Head of International Development Director in 2021.

Pedro Dias (Moderator)

PPedro Diasedro Dias has been part of Solar Heat Europe since 2008 when he joined as Operations Manager. He later became Deputy Secretary General before being appointed as Secretary General from 2014 to 2023. In his current capacity as Policy Director, Pedro continues to support the association’s mission and goals.

He holds a management degree from Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (IPVC) in Portugal and has a large experience in both the private sectors and the non-governmental sectors. He has worked previously in the heating sector, more specifically in gas retail and the commercialisation of heating equipment.