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The Solar Energy Society (UK-ISES)


Scottish Solar Energy Group



with the support of:

Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board

Scottish Enterprise

Energy Centre for Sustainable Communities



Delivering sustainability

EuroSun 2006

EuroSun, the premier European solar energy conference, is organised by a selected national section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) on behalf of the European section, ISES-Europe.

The sixth conference, EuroSun 2006, was held in the Saltire Centre of Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, on 26-29 June 2006 and organised by the Solar Energy Society (UK-ISES), the United Kingdom national section of ISES together with the Scottish Solar Energy Group (SSEG) and ISES-Europe.

Four UK organisations, Thameswey Energy Ltd., Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Power Renewables and SUST UK, provided financial sponsorship to EuroSun 2006 in addition to the support received from the European Commission Intelligent Energy Europe (EIE) programme. Further support was provided by Glasgow Caledonian University, and the Scottish Tourist Board.

The EuroSun 2006 Organising Committee was chaired by Dr S Burek, Glasgow Caledonian University. The members of the Committee were representatives of UK-ISES, SSEG and ISES-Europe. The Scientific and Technical Committee, chaired by Prof N Pearsall, University of Northumbria, reviewed all papers submitted for presentation. The advising International Committee was chaired by Dr D Serghides, Cyprus, Chair of ISES-Europe.

The 4 day EuroSun 2006 Conference Programme comprised a series of 4 plenary sessions where invited papers were presented orally by leading experts in relevant fields of renewable energy, 3 specialist workshops in the areas of energy efficient building design, solar education and solar thermal markets, 23 oral and 4 poster sessions for presentation of accepted submitted papers, 4 technical tours, a small trade exhibition of solar technologies, and an exhibition of the work of schools arising from the EC-funded project ‘Solar Schools – Brighter Future’, (contract No. ALTENER-2002-122/138), and special events such as the Solar Car Race held on the designated Schools Day.

192 completed papers were received. 108 papers were presented orally and 84 papers presented as posters. A Book of Abstracts is available. The EuroSun 2006 papers have been published as a set of conference proceedings which is available on CD (ISBN 0 904963 73 1).  The presentations of the invited speakers were recorded and are available on DVD.

283 persons from 39 countries attended EuroSun 2006. The delegates included researchers, academics, teachers, students, school pupils, practitioners, professionals, policy and decision makers in the field of solar energy.

Three technical tours covering areas of wind energy, wave energy and solar energy, were organized and showcased Scotland’s leading position in marine-based renewable energy generation. A small exhibition was held in association with the conference and was open to the public.

Prizes for the Solar Schools competition were presented to the Romanian and Hungarian winners by Prof S Jannsen, ISES Germany. The solar photovoltaic car race was won by students of Balfron High School, Scotland.

The EuroSun 2006 Best Paper Award was made to P. Kenny, J. Olley and J.O. Lewis, School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland for the paper “Whole-Sky Luminance Distribution Maps from Calibrated Digital Photography”. The Best Poster Award went to U. Jordan, K. Vajen, B. Schmitt and P. Bruchhäuser, Kassel University, Institut für Thermische Energietechnik, Kassel, Germany for the paper “Potential of Process Integration in four Industrial Companies in Germany”. The Delegates’ Voted Best Presentation Award was made to Alexandros N. Tombazis, for the plenary address “Architectural Design and Sustainability from the viewpoint of an architect”.

EuroSun 2006 proved to be a successful and valuable conference particularly in its presentation and reporting on advances in the areas of solar thermal applications and solar education in both the secondary and tertiary sectors. More than 60% of all papers address the subject of solar thermal conversion and include solar water heating, space heating, solar cooling, solar thermal electricity, materials, energy efficient buildings and passive solar design.

The EuroSun 2008 conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal and be organised by the Portugese Solar Energy Society (SPES) with the theme “Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings” Further details are available at the web-site www.eurosun2008.org.