The challenges posed by applied research are too extensive to be addressed alone. To a certain extent the success of concrete development projects may rely on interdisciplinary scientific and financial support. For this reason a number of cooperations are currently in place.
The "building and renewable energies network of Technology" is a network including Swiss colleges, research institutes from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) domain and private institutions with an international network of relationships from the building technology and renewable energy field.
As a Brenet partner we have the opportunity to draw, if needed, on the excellent competence and knowledge of companies outside the solar thermal field.
KTI is the Confederation’s innovation promotion agency. For the past sixty years it has fostered knowledge and technology transfer between companies and universities by bringing them together as partners on applied research and development projects. KTI also provides assistance to market-oriented R&D projects in which companies and universities work together to develop products and services.
The "Solar Heating and Cooling Programme" of the International Energy Agency was established in 1977. Scientist from all over the world work together on common tasks under this programme.
Since 1985 SPF has been actively engaged in a wide range of tasks and working groups including:
SPF Research is currently involved in the following IEA-SHC working groups:
Switzerland is involved in several EU research programmes. These programmes support the cooperation between European research agencies, industry and SMEs. For further information on these programmes please visit Euresearch.
The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) has been serving the needs of the renewable energy community since its founding in 1954. A UN-accredited NGO present in more than 50 countries, the Society supports its members in the advancement of renewable energy technology, implementation and education all over the world. Following the vision of a rapid transition to a renewable energy world, ISES is a multi-faceted, global membership organisation. With its long history and extensive technical and scientific expertise provided by its members, the Society is a modern, future-oriented non-governmental organisation (NGO). Dr. Elimar Frank, Research Director at SPF, is member of the ISES Board of Trustees and Vice President of ISES Europe. Read the ISES Statement for Global Policy Making.