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It is our great pleasure to invite you to EuroSun 2018 in Rapperswil, Switzerland.
This year’s conference will be held on the beautiful campus of the HSR University of Applied Science Rapperswil on Lake Zürich.

The worldwide success of renewable energy technologies, and solar energy in particular, is remarkable, and it is what we all work for. In many cases solar technologies are already the most economical way to produce electricity or heat. But there is still a very long way to go to achieve the goal of a 100% renewable energy supply. Efficiencies must improve and the costs of components and services must be reduced further. We need a shift to thinking in terms of systems and a better understanding of the interaction of the electricity, heat and mobility sectors.

In the last few years we have seen a growing competition between solar thermal technologies and solar electricity in the heating sector. It is not yet clear where that competition will lead us. Most certainly our future energy system will have a higher grade of electrification. On the other hand it seems likely that energy systems will be more stable and more efficient if a variety of technologies complement each other.
The EuroSun conferences focus on Solar Energy for Buildings and Industry, covering both, heat and electricity.

We are pleased to announce that the EuroSun 2018 will be organized in cooperation with the Swissolar Solar Heating Conference, the 2nd SIGES Conference on the Simulation of Energy Systems for Buildings and the 8th International Conference on Solar Air Conditioning.

EuroSun 2018 will offer a platform to discuss the latest developments with leading solar energy experts as well as policy makers and industry representatives. The programme will include distinguished keynote speakers in plenary sessions, specialists meetings in breakout sessions and poster exhibitions as well as social events where you will have the opportunity to network, meet old friends and to make new ones.

For three days the campus of HSR in Rapperswil will host the “who ‘s who” in solar energy for buildings and industry. We look forward to welcoming you there for EuroSun 2018.



Andreas Häberle
Director SPF
David Stickelberger
Director Swissolar
Wolfgang Streicher
President ISES Europe
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