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The first story of the SUPEERA “Meet the EU-13” series is out!

This time we invite you to meet Cyprus and discover Smart PV, a LIFE programme
project that unveiled the crucial role that citizens play in the path towards clean energy transition. 

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EDDIE Project Interviews Series - Representatives of the PV Technology Lab  in a conversation on the future digitalization of the energy sector!

Watch the new conversation of the future digitalization of the energy sector with representatives of PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Cyprus Energy Agency!

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inteGRIDy project: Watch our new video to learn all the benefits for the different energy stakeholders! 

What inteGRIDy framework can offer to the different energy stakeholders? Optimal and dynamic operation of the distribution grid increased share of RES, replicability, and so on!!

Watch our new video to learn all its benefits here

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H2020 INTERPLAN presents final project results 

H2020 INTERPLAN presents final project results: An integrated operation planning tool towards the #panEuropean network, with a focus on the #TSO-#DSO interfaces to support the #EU in reaching the expected #lowcarbon targets.
 
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 Upcoming WEBINAR of  TRUST-PV project on 25 February 2021 @16:00-17:00 EET

Join us for the upcoming WEBINAR of the project TRUST-PV on 25 February 2021, 16:00-17:00 EET.

The project coordinator EURAC Research and our partners Reuniwatt BayWa r.e. Solar Systems srl / ITA and SolarPower Europe will explore in depth how we can increase the friendly integration of reliable PV plants, discuss innovative O&M concepts for increased PV performance and reliability, and present the concept of advanced forecasting, a key enabler for grid stability.

Free REGISTRATION here

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DERlab / ERIGrid 2.0 / PANTERA Webinar: Remote Testing & EIRIE Platform

On 8 March 2021 at 9.30am-11.30am, DERlab Working Group 4 “Strengthening the integration of laboratories & researcher exchange”, the ERIGrid 2.0 project and the PANTERA project are organizing a joint webinar "Remote Testing & EIRIE Platform".

The ERIGrid 2.0 project provides engineers in power system testing, smart grids and energy systems free funding to access the best laboratories of Europe and perform their experimental research. Access to physical labs can be on-site or remote, depending on the conditions of specific laboratories. In the webinar ERIGrid 2.0 partners will showcase the project's infrastructure and present the collected experiences with remote lab access.

The PANTERA project has been working on developing an interactive multi-functional platform (called EIRIE platform) that will act as the meeting point of all actors active in the field of energy research & innovation from all Europe.

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BERLIN Project Webinar on 22 February 2021 @𝟏𝟏.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟑.𝟎𝟎 𝐂𝐄𝐓 on: "Fair employment in the Mediterranean area, a key element to advance social justice"

We would like to invite you to a special thematic webinar under the title “Fair employment in the Mediterranean area, a key element to advance social justice”, organised by the Managing Authority, in close collaboration with the Valencia Branch Office on 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟐𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟏𝟏.𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟑.𝟎𝟎 𝐂𝐄𝐓.

The webinar is taking place in the framework of the United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice and will involve, among other, representatives from the International Labour Organisation, project representatives, private sector and many more parties. 

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PANTERA Project Newsletter is out! 

In this newsletter:

• Register now to the Smart Grid Research Data PANTERA Workshop
• The EIRIE platform: European Interconnection for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship
• Remote testing & EIRIE Platform: DERlab/ ERIGrid 2.0/ PANTERA Webinar
• What challenges are EU energy stakeholders currently facing?
• New reports available on PANTERA website
• Become a stakeholder
• About the project

Find this issue here 
Subscribe to the PANTERA project newsletter here

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Interview to IN BUSINESS about the OEB Innovation Award 2020!

Read the interview of Spyros Theocharides, Special Scientist of the PV Technology Laboratory, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, speaking on behalf of the research team to IN BUSINESS about the OEB Innovation Award 2020 and the innovative artificial intelligent (AI) powered PV generation day- and hour-ahead forecasting system. 

The PV Technology Laboratory of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus has been granted the “Cyprus Innovation Award 2020” in the category “Innovation Award for the Public Sector”. The OEB Cyprus Innovation Award is the highest distinction of the most successful innovation implemented in Cyprus for 2020. The research team participated in the contest with the innovative artificial intelligent (AI) powered PV generation day- and hour-ahead forecasting system, under the supervision of Professor George E. Georghiou and the Researcher Dr George Makrides.

The research team is consisted of Researchers of the PV Technology Laboratory of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable of the University of Cyprus, namely Mr. Spyros Theocharides, Mr. Marios Kynigos and Mr. Andreas Livera under the supervision of Professor George E. Georgiou, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Researcher Dr. George Makrides.

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Smart Grid Research Data Online Workshop on 22 February 2021 at 15:00 - 16:30! 

Counting days until the next PANTERA Smart Grid Research Data nano-workshop on "How to share research data, ensure GDPR compliance, reduce the risk of divulging potential innovation insights.

REGISTER here

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Cyprus unveils the role that citizens play in the path towards clean energy transition! 

💚Thanking SUPEERA project and the European Energy Research Alliance EERA for the extensive reference to our successful project SMARTPV, the protagonist of clean energy transition

SMART PV is a LIFE project developed by an almost entirely Cypriot consortium, and led by the University of Cyprus, that aimed at optimising the rate scheme between residential energy producers and the power utility for photovoltaics (net metering scheme).
The end goal: To promote higher penetration of renewable energy sources in the country’s energy mix.

The Republic of Cyprus, despite being one of the smallest countries in the European Union and therefore counting on limited resources if compared to other Member States, is incredibly active and thrives in the field of clean energy research and development (R&D). By way of example, Cypriot universities and research centres participate in the Implementation Working Group of ten out of 14 European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) Implementation Plans.

Read more here

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Register to our Vocational Training Courses!

The Vocational Training Centre of the PV Technology Lab provides HRDA subsidized training programmes on energy issues,  offered to professionals: 

- Upcoming course on "PV System Designer and Installer" in March 2021
- Upcoming course on "Fundamentals of Battery Energy Storage Systems" in May 2021

Register by email: foss.vocationaltraining@gmail.com
Or give us a call on: +357 22894321

We look forward to welcoming you to our facilities! 

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New Project eNeuron Launched: «GreEn Energy Hubs for Local IntegRated Energy Communities optimisatioN»! 

A new partnership that brings together eight European countries, Italy, Cyprus, Poland, Spain, Norway, Germany, Ireland, Portugal has been launched for the implementation of a new project with acronym «eNeuron» and entitled «GreEn Energy Hubs for Local IntegRated Energy Communities optimisatioN».

The project is selected for funding by the European Commission Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) under the Horizon 2020 framework programme. The project is jointly coordinated by the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) and the PV Technology Laboratory of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus. The total project funding is €5.731.117,50 and the funding for the University of Cyprus is €464.125,00.

More here: [English] [Greek]

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The 3rd EDDIE interview is online!

Watch the exchange of ideas for the future digitalization of the energy sector through education with Susanna Metid and Dani Casiraghi from PokPolimi. 

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TRUST-PV website launch: Developing O&M and grid-friendly Solar Innovations!

The website of the TRUST-PV project is out!  TRUST-PV will develop O&M- and grid-friendly solar PV components and solutions in large portfolios of both distributed and utility-scale PV.
The TRUST-PV project tests and demonstrates innovations from the laboratory to the field. It will gather data from across the whole value chain to feed into an Artificial Intelligence decision support system platform, based on Industry 4.0 concepts. 

TRUST-PV is industrially driven, gathering 20 organisations from across the entire solar PV value chain. The TRUST-PV consortium is comprised of the following project partners: 3E, Above Surveying, BayWa r.e., DSM, Enel Green Power, Eurac Research, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, Huawei, Imec, Inaccess, INNOSEA, PVcase, Saidea, Solarcentury, SolarPower Europe, Solar Monkey, Raptech, Reuniwatt, TU Delft, TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH.  It is 4 years in duration and a beneficiary of grants totaling over €12 million.

We invite you to visit the project's website for more details on objectives, results, reports, press releases, and much more! 

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No. 4 EDDIE Newsletter is out! 

Newsletter #4 of EDDIE project is summing up recent developments, events details and consortium contributions.

EDDIE is a four-year (starting January 2020)  Erasmus+ European Union funded collaborative project creating a Sector Skill Alliance (SSA) to develop a long-driven Blueprint for the digitalization the European Energy sector. The Consortia is coordinated by COMILLAS and brings together 16 partners from 10 EU Countries. The challenge of the project is to develop a long-driven Blueprint for the digitalization of the European Energy sector to enable the matching between the current and future demand of skills necessary for the digitalization of the Energy sector and the supply of improved Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems and beyond.

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New Post - No. 9 Eddie EnergyEdu blog post on Digitalization of Renewable Generation!

Find out the most recent EddieEnergyEdu blog post on Digitalization of renewable generation from our partners in Iberdrola.

For some decades now, digitalisation has been an essential part of Iberdrola’s business and the use of information technologies has become a fundamental asset for the company. Currently, Iberdrola digitally manages its electricity generation assets and has transformed its networks into intelligent ones with digital tools and Artificial Intelligence...

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Upcoming Webinar of TImPANI project on: "Second webinar by UJA on novel ionization methods for mass spectrometry”. 

Please register to attend the webinar on “Second webinar by UJA on novel ionization methods for mass spectrometry”, on the 14th of January 2021@10:00 – 12:30 (CET, Madrid Spain).

This event is free and will be held online. Please register in order to attend this online session.

More here: [English]

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The first Newsletter of the DegradationLab is out!

The DegradationLab is a newly developed research laboratory at the University of Cyprus (UCY), which is an integral part of the Department of Electrical Engineering and the FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy. Its main scope is to contribute to the accurate characterization of novel and promising new generation solar cells towards addressing some of the main challenges faced by these new technologies namely regarding their performance degradation, reliability, etc. 

To this end, the new research unit brings together three laboratories from the University of Cyprus (the Photovoltaic Technology Laboratory, the Laboratory of Molecular Spectroscopy, and the Laboratory of Ultrafast Science) with three excellent European research organizations, namely IMEC (Belgium), the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria), and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (Germany). 

Discover the latest news of Degradation Lab  here

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FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, the WINNER of Cyprus Innovation Award OEB in the category Public Sector for 2020!

Photo from the Awards Ceremony 

FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus the WINNER of the CYPRUS INNOVATION AWARD 2020 in the category PUBLIC SECTOR!

The PV Technology Laboratory of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus has been granted the “Cyprus Innovation Award 2020” in the category “Innovation Award for the Public Sector”. The OEB Cyprus Innovation Award is the highest distinction of the most successful innovation implemented in Cyprus for 2020.
The research team participated in the contest with the innovative artificial intelligent (AI) powered PV generation day- and hour-ahead forecasting system, under the supervision of Professor George E. Georghiou and the Researcher Dr George Makrides.

The research team is consisted of Researchers of the PV Technology Laboratory of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable of the University of Cyprus, namely Mr. Spyros Theocharides, Mr. Marios Kynigos and Mr. Andreas Livera under the supervision of Professor George E. Georgiou, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Researcher Dr. George Makrides. 

Press Release: English Greek 
Mr Spyros Theocharides speech here

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INTERPLAN Newsletter is out!

INTERPLAN newsletter is out! Don't miss out on the latest project news and opportunities, all in one place!

Have a look at this issue and make sure to keep up with what is following by subscribing here

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Highlights of the first BERLIN Intelligent Utilization of Photovoltaic Technology Hub meeting!

The first Intelligent Utilization of Photovoltaic Technology Hub meeting was held virtually on 30 November 2020 with great success!

The Hub consists of key stakeholders from the academia, DSOs, industry and local authorities that have committed themselves to a fruitful collaboration for promoting the wider adoption of distributed energy resources in the Mediterranean region. The objective of the meeting was to introduce the project and to present the current situation in each country (Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Israel) about the photovoltaics (PVs), energy storage systems (ESSs), and demand side management (DSM) to increase the energy efficiency of buildings using the nano-grid concept. 

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Vocational Training Programme on "Fundamentals of Battery Energy Storage Systems" has come to its successful completion! 


Proud to announce that the Vocational Training Programme on the "Fundamentals of Battery Energy Storage Systems"  was completed successfully with the practical part taking place on 8 December 2020. Thanking all participants for their interest in joining our course!

This program provides the necessary theoretical background for Energy Storage and in particular for residential Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS). More specifically, it includes aspects of the design, installation and operation of BESS integrated in households and coupled with Renewable Energy Sources (RES), particularly Photovoltaic (PV) systems. In addition, the program provides an introduction to the definition of Energy Communities and the effective integration of Energy Storage to them, in line with the recent European legislative framework. More specifically, the program is helpful for companies aiming to acquire ESS training skills to attract new clients and lay the foundation for their future work in this rapidly expanding field. 

The program is mainly aimed at employers of companies/organizations that are electricians, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, as well as engineers of other areas who are active in the field of electrical installations and RES in general. 

Next session of the programme will be announced soon. To secure a place in advance, please contact us by email: foss.vocationaltraining@gmail.com 

  

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New Post - No. 5 Eddie EnergyEdu blog post on Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs]!

For EDDIE Energy Digitalization Edu, Erasmus+ project, the digital energy education is the main objective. With this goal in mind our colleagues Daniela Casiraghi and Ada Giannatelli from Politecnico di Milano wrote a new blog-post on Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs].

The exploration of the MOOC offering in the domain of energy digitalisation provides food for thought in terms of fine-tuning relevant topics, main target audience and recognition of learning of the EDDIE courses.


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BERLIN second Newsletter is out!

The second newsletter  of BERLIN is now available!  Discover the latest news of BERLIN project and stay informed about the progress of the pilots in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Israel!

"BERLIN Cost-effective rehabilitation of public buildings into smart and resilient nano-grids using storage” is an ambitious project funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC Med Programme that brings together seven organizations from four Mediterranean countries,
Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy. The first year of the project implementation has passed and we would like to update you about the progress of the project.

We hope that you will enjoy reading the latest Newsletter from the BERLIN project which should bring you up-to-date with what has been happening within the project during the first year of its implementation!  

More here: English  Greek

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BERLIN partners launch the Intelligent Utilization of Photovoltaic Technology hub!

The partners of BERLIN project are announcing the launch of the Hub of Intelligent Utilisation of Photovoltaic Technology in the Mediterranean region (IUPVMED). The objective of the hub is to investigate the integration of photovoltaics (PV), energy storage systems (ESS) and demand side management (DSM) under the concept of a nanogrid.

The creation of the IUPVMED hub aims at promoting the wider adoption of distributed energy resources (DER) in the Mediterranean (MED) area in the form of PV+ESS+DSM. The hub will be utilised for sharing information on regional legislation among the participating countries for the promotion of the technology hybrid that will developed. The IUPVMED hub aims at becoming a leading resource for supporting research collaboration, dissemination and technology transfer in the MED area.

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Hy2Green Project: Training for students of the Universities Huelva, Marconi and Cyprus!

During the period 23 - 27 November 2020, a training for students [event (C2)] has taken place at the University of Huelva with the participation of students from the University of Huelva [UHU], the University of Marconi - Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi  [USGM] and the University of Cyprus [UCY].

Visit the project's website: [English]

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Join us at European Researcher's Night - Smart energy solutions!

The PV Technology Laboratory of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering] of the University of Cyprus  will actively participate at the "European Researcher's Night 2020", an event organized by the Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) in collaboration with academic and research institutions as well as other organizations in Cyprus. The event is an initiative of the European Commission and takes place simultaneously in almost all European countries.

Regarding our participation: Cities effect our lifestyle and well-being. It is expected that our cities of tomorrow will be smart, sustainable cities. Through the use of technology there will be better use of renewable energy resources and lower emissions. There will be more intelligent use of energy, improved operation of our buildings (such as heating, cooling and lighting) and adoption of smart transport. But the future is here. Technology is a powerful tool, already transforming our lives. Join us to find out about smart, green cities and smart grids. To find out how smart energy solutions such as electric mobility, the use of photovoltaics on our buildings, clothes and backpacks, managing our energy demand and battery energy storage, are already part of our life and have a positive effect.

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Our participation in MEDPOWER2020 - the Mediterranean Conference on Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Energy Conversion!

Researchers of the Photovoltaic Technology Laboratory of FOSS Research Centre of the University of Cyprus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, participated in the Medpower2020 conference, the Mediterranean Conference on Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Energy Conversion! 

Dr Venizelos Efthymiou, Chairman of FOSS, participated as a keynote speaker on "Storage an active enabler for the energy transition". Mr Spyros Theocharides presented on "Solar photovoltaic energy yield forecasting tool for the distribution system of Cyprus" and Dr Yerasimos Yerasimou delivered a presentation on the  "Design of a nanogrid for increasing energy efficiency of building". Additionally, Mr Chrysanthos Charalambous participated with two presentations on "Stability Studies For Photovoltaic Integration Using Power Hardware-In-The-Loop Experiments" and "Sensitivity Analysis Of An AC Microgrid Turning In DC Microgrid _UCY Case Study". 

MEDPOWER2020 provided the opportunity for engineers, scientists, technicians, researchers, scholars and companies to exchange ideas and discuss the latest research achievements in academia and industry.

More here: [English]

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Congratulations to TImPANI member from ENAL University of Cyprus, Constantinos Lazarou!

Congratulations to TImPANI member from ENAL University of Cyprus, Constantinos Lazarou! His article "Numerical modelling of the effect of dry air traces in a helium parallel plate dielectric barrier discharge’ is one of the Top 20 most cited articles published in Plasma Sources Science and Technology since 2015.

The results presented in this study clearly show that the plasma chemistry and consequently the discharge evolution is highly affected by the concentration level of impurities in the mixture.

Our warmest congratulations to the PV Lab Researchers from our team Constantinos Lazarou and Prof George E. Georghiou for contributing to the production of a high-quality scientific paper and the performance of high-quality research!

Access the full article here: [English]

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Second Newsletter - The latest from MOST project: October 2020! 

Dear reader, this is the second release of the MOST Newsletter, a running project funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme. MOST has made good progress during 2020 and in spite of the pandemic crisis it continues to deliver high quality training content and laboratory material for the benefit of the Smart Grids community.

This second edition of the MOST newsletter features:

1. Our progress
2. MOST at the EU PVSEC
3. Next steps
4. Get Involved!

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New Post - No. 3 Eddie EnergyEdu blog post on Energy Management of Microgrids from FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus!

The campus of the University of Cyprus is evolving into an energy community hub capable of operating as a living lab serving the 3 functional arms of FOSS Research Centre and provide:

- a state-of-the-art research environment for the technologies supporting the energy transition
- a dynamic educational platform for students to excel and living lab capabilities linked to the remaining family of labs in EU
- service the demanding needs of the economy and industry.

Find out the most recent EddieEnergyEdu blog post on energy management of microgrids from FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus here: [English] 


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Our presentation on SOLEX at the Cyprus Seeds Innovation Showcase 2020!

During the Cyprus Seeds Innovation Showcase 2020, held on 16 October 2020 at the Cyprus Institute [Nicosia], for the celebration of the successful completion of the first funding cycle of the Cyprus Seeds program and for the purpose of meeting the 2019/20 grantees, Prof Georghiou presented SOLEX - FOSS start-up company the  successful business idea of which, is to develop the next generation intelligent monitoring platform for the early detection of faults in Photovoltaic systems. 

Prof. Georghiou, mentioned that SOLEX has the technology and know-how to make this a global success. He thanked the University of Cyprus for the continuous support, Cyprus Seeds and the donors for giving this opportunity and he expressed his gratefulness to his mentors, as he had had the privilege to be mentored by the best people in the field worldwide.

Prof. Georghiou concluded that Cyprus Seeds experience is unique because it has provided the opportunity for young talented people to be emerged in order to achieve its full potential and that we really, must support this effort in order for more people to shine.Because at the end of the day, it is our society and our economy we benefit in the longer term! 

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We are proud to announce the development of a new methodology in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories, Solarcentury and Gantner Instruments GmbH! 

We are proud to announce the development of a new methodology in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories, Solarcentury and Gantner Instruments GmbH! 

Scientists from FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, Sandia National Laboratories, Solarcentury, and Gantner Instruments GmbH, developed a new methodology for performance and reliability analysis that can purportedly bridge the qualitative-quantitative gap that exists in current operation and maintenance (O&M) practices for PV power plants.The new methodology combines a series of data quality routines (DQRs) to ensure data fidelity by detecting and reconstructing invalid data through a sequence of filtering stages and inference techniques.

The article on “Data processing and quality verification for improved photovoltaic performance and reliability analytics,” by Andreas Livera,  Marios Theristis,  Elena Koumpli,  Spyros Theocharides,  George Makrides,  Juergen Sutterlueti, Joshua S. Stein, and George E. Georghiou was recently published in Progress in Photovoltaics.

Thanking PV Magazine for including our amazing news! 

More: PV Magazine by EMILIANO BELLINI on "Unified methodology for PV data processing, quality verification"

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Solar panels on all our houses! 

Check out the article on "Solar panels on all our houses", by Andrew Rosenbaum of Cyprus Mail.

Prof. Georghiou, Director of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy at the University of Cyprus, explained that the legal framework for the electricity market is not yet complete, but that work is underway, as it is mandated by EU legislation.

“Cyprus possesses the highest solar potential in Europe, but the country currently imports almost all of its power, making it an ideal location for the development of solar energy,” said George Georghiou.

Read the full article here: [English] 

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ETEK Engineering Award 2020 granted to Researcher Andreas Livera! 

During the presentation ceremony of the Technical Chamber of Cyprus on their Activity Report on Wednesday, 30 September 2020, Mr Andreas Livera was awarded with the ETEK Engineering Award 2020! 

Mr. Andreas Livera, Electrical Engineer and Researcher of the Photovoltaic Technology Laboratory and FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus,
presented the development of the novel and automated tool for forecasting the photovoltaic
power production «Suncaster». During his speech, Mr. Livera expressed his warm thanks both to ETEK for the award as well as to his colleagues from the Photovoltaic Technology Laboratory of  the University of Cyprus and in particular, Mr Spyros Theoharides, Mr. Marios Kynigos, Dr. George Makrides and  Professor George E. Georghiou. The award was granted by the Honorable Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Mr. Giannis Karousos.

Watch video from the ceremony here

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Researcher Mr Andreas Livera, the Winner of ETEK Engineering AWARD 2020! 

ETEK Engineering Award 2020 was granted by the Technical Chamber of Cyprus to the Electrical Engineer and Researcher of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, Mr Andreas Livera. The winner developed the novel and automated tool for forecasting the photovoltaic power production «Suncaster», under the guidance of Dr Giorgos Makrides.

Mr Livera cooperated with researchers from “FOSS” in order to develop a novel and a cost-effective tool that can precisely forecast the PV generated energy, under the guidance of Dr Giorgos Makrides. The «Suncaster» team comprises of Mr Spyros Theocharides, Mr Marios Kynigos and Prof. George E. Georghiou. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 30 September 2020, at 19:00.

More information: [English] [Greek]

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Short course on PV System Designer and Installer successfully completed! 

A short course on "PV System Designer and Installer" has been successfully completed during September 2020!

Participants successfully completed the course which overall, fulfilled their expectations by acquiring the required knowledge and skills to properly design small-scale PV systems following the rules of good practice. 

The course provides both theoretical and practical guidance and will be provided again in November 2020 [2 - 26 November 2020]. With its completion, participants are able to: 

• Conduct proper site assessment and system design following quality assurance methods.
• Get hands-on experience in properly installing PV systems by following safety and health rules as well as compliance with local regulations and instructions.
• Recognize the need for Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and in particular PV systems.
• Recognize the potential risks when installing a PV system.
• Choose the equipment needed to safely install a PV system.
• Recognize the potential risks and perform the necessary work in a secure and quality installation.

We hope the end of this course will be of great impact and assistance to the continuation of their journey into the world of Photovoltaics! 

For the agenda of the upcoming course here: [English] 
REGISTRATION here: [English]

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National Winner Certificate for FOSS, the National Winner of Energy Globe Award 2020!

The PV Technology Lab and FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus were granted the National Winner Certificate after gaining the Energy Globe National Award for Cyprus, (Energy Globe 2020) by the national Energy Globe jury, which is based in Austria. 

The research team, under the supervision of Prof. George E. Georghiou, Director of “FOSS”, participated in the international contest with the research programme “SmartPV” titled “Smart Net Metering for Promotion and cost-efficient Grid Integration of Photovoltaic Technology”. This is a pioneering research project, which is focused on optimising household electricity consumption via smart net-metering and application of dynamic electricity tariffs, with significant financial and environmental benefits for the energy development of the island.

Last, but not least, with our made project submission we automatically also take part in the International Award, which will be at the end of the year!

More here: [English]

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Upcoming Transnational Meeting and Multiplier Event for Hy2Green Project! 

The next transnational meeting and multiplier event for Hy2Green Project will take place on the 25th of September 2020 at 10:30 CEST [11:30 CY/CEST].

"Hy2Green - Enhancing hydrogen new profiles for the coming European “green” energy model”, is a three-year strategic partnership at international level funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commision.Hy2Green Project aims to join together organisations from Italy, France, Cyprus and Spain in order to offer a specific training program for new professionals adapted to the new energy models based on ICTs and it is oriented to employment for these profiles.

More info: [English

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Our participation in the online workshop "Energy Trading/ Exchange in a Neighborhood/ Digitization", under AT-SGIRES project! 

The PV Technology Lab and FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, participated in the online workshop on "Energy Trading/ Exchange in a Neighborhood/ Digitization", organized by the Middle East University, under AT-SGIRES project. Researcher Spyros Theocharides represented FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy by delivering an online presentation on: "PV Energy Forecasting which is used for Energy Trading" on the session of 14th September 2020.

Another online session will be held on the 21st of September 2020 over zoom application at 11AM – 2:00PM (Amman time) and participation is free.

Please register here: [English]

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Expression of Interest to Conduct a Market Analysis Study on Intelligent Monitoring of Photovoltaic Systems! 

FOSS, Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus is conducting a market analysis study for its start-up company, SOLEX.

SOLEX, funded by Cyprus Seeds, was selected from the first round for its successful business idea, which is to develop the next generation intelligent monitoring platform for the early detection of faults in Photovoltaic systems. 

The market analysis study should include, but not be limited to, the market size, market segmentation and market trends. Findings should be presented in a report format written in English language by 16 October 2020.  

More information here: [English]

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Our participation in the 37th European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition! 

Researchers of FOSS participated in the 37th European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition this September by delivering oral presentations online. Particularly, Spyros Theocharides presented on: "Hybrid Modelling of PV Power Generation for Enhanced Forecasting", whilst researcher Andreas Livera delivered a presentation on "Guidelines for Ensuring Data Quality for Photovoltaic System Performance Assessment and Monitoring".

Also, Lamprini Papargyri presented the "Numerical analysis on cell crack initiation due to thermomechanical stresses" and Dr Matthew Norton on "Experiences of Continuous On-Sun Performance Measurements of Perovskite Mini-Modules”. 

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Apply now to participate in our Vocational Training Courses - subsidized by HRDA! 

The Photovoltaic Technology Laboratory of the University of Cyprus proudly announces the commencement of our vocational training courses.The Photovoltaic Technology Laboratory strives to continue to acquire and disseminate knowledge! We provide a variety of vocational training courses to professionals. Currently, you may apply for  "Fundamentals of Battery Energy Storage Systems" (18-25 November 2020) and "PV System Designer and Installer" (2-26 November 2020).

The programme specification has been approved by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus.  

*Limited number of places available.
More information: [Battery Energy] [PV System Designer and Installer]

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Another Succesful  Internship has come to an end! 

Alexander Frick, joined us from the University of Stuttgart in Germany for a period of  seven months, in order to participate in our internship programme. His project was on: "Degradation of Photovoltaic Systems at different Location". 

The project's aim was to calculate degradation rates of photovoltaic power systems in two locations, Stuttgart - Germany and Nicosia - Cyprus and it contained three different parts. Firstly, the data for the analysis had to be filtered. Secondly, the data had to be analyzed and performance ratios were calculated, and in the third step the degradation rates had to be approximated with different statistical time-series methods. All of these steps were applied in the programming languages Python and R. 

Alexander accomplished so much with us. We were so glad and thankful to have him with us and we wish him all the best with his future endeavors!

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Apply now to participate in our Vocational Training Courses - subsidized by HRDA! 

The Photovoltaic Technology Laboratory of the University of Cyprus strives to continue to acquire and disseminate knowledge! We proudly announce the commencement of our vocational training courses as of October 2020. We provide a variety of vocational training courses to professionals. Currently, you may apply for  "PV System Designer and Installer" and "Fundamentals of Battery Energy Storage Systems". 

The courses are subsidized by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus.
*Limited number of places available.

Read more and send us an email to secure your place: [Greek]


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TRUST-PV project in which FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus participates, is selected by the European Commission Innovation and Networks Executive Agency for Horizon 2020 Energy funding! 

A new partnership between nine European countries, brings together organizations from Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, France, Netherlands and United Kingdom for the implementation of a new project with title “Increase Friendly Integration of Reliable PV plants considering different market segments” (TRUST-PV). The project is selected for funding by the European Commission Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) under the Horizon 2020 framework programme. 

Read more here...[English] [Greek]

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Successful FOSS Internship Programme! 

Every summer FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy and the PV Lab run the summer internship programme, encouraging young students from different Universities to participate and engage in academic research.

This summer, Loukas Pikolos and Ioannis Papadopoulos, both undergraduate students from the University of Cyprus, joined us for their internship working on a common project on "UCY Microgrid and PV Power Plant Controller". 

Also, we had Charalambos Maxoutis from the University of Edinburgh who worked on "The Extreme Learning Machine Method". Alexios Charalambous, graduate of BSc Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing of the University of Cyprus, will also be working with our team until September 2020.

These fabulous students accomplished so much with us. We were so glad and thankful to have them and we wish them all the best with their future endeavors! 

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Presentation of BERLIN project to the Webinar organized by Med-EcoSuRe

On 28 July 2020, Professor George E. Georghiou, presented BERLIN project during the Webinar organized by Med-EcoSuRe, a project funded by the EuropeanUnion, under the ENI CBC Med Programme on “How can cost-effective energy efficiency and high–tech renewals take place in isolated zones/towns?”.

BERLIN is thematically closely related to Med-EcoSuRe and Prof Georghiou participated in the Med-EcoSuRe webinar by sharing our experiences, milestones and goals.

Follow the link to the Webinar here...[English]

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FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus participates in the research project MOST! 

A new partnership between five European countries, brings together organizations from Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Italy and France for the implementation of a new project with title “Developing advanced master’s education on Smart Grid technology” with acronym MOST (Master education Smart Technology). The project is funded by the Erasmus + programme and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The project is coordinated by the University of Cagliari in Italy and the partners are FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, Deloitte Cyprus, WIP Renewable Energies, the Hochschule Ulm University in Germany, the University of Western Macedonia in Greece and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris in France. The total project funding is €441.833,00 and the funding for the University of Cyprus is €83.855,00.

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FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus the National Winner of Energy Globe Award 2020! 

The PV Technology Lab and FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus were granted the Energy Globe National Award for Cyprus, (“Energy Globe 2020”) by the national Energy Globe jury, which is based in Austria.The Energy Globe Award is the most important award for Sustainability worldwide.

The research team, under the supervision of Prof. George E. Georghiou, Director of “FOSS”, participated in the international contest with the research programme “SmartPV” titled “Smart Net Metering for Promotion and cost-efficient Grid Integration of Photovoltaic Technology”. This is a pioneering research project, which is focused on optimising household electricity consumption via smart net-metering and application of dynamic electricity tariffs, with significant financial and environmental benefits for the energy development of the island.

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New Project ELECTRA Launched! 

The FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus announces the commencement of the project “Modernising the distribution grid for enabling high penetration of photovoltaic electricity through advanced data analytic operational observability and management” (acronym: ELECTRA), which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation, under the programme “Integrated Projects”.

The project has a total budget of €1,168,600 and is coordinated by the University of Cyprus!

Read more here...[English]

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Our Participation at the 37th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition! 

Researchers of our team will be giving an online oral presentation of their papers on "Perovskite PV characterization", "Guidelines for Ensuring Data Quality for Photovoltaic System Performance Assessment and Monitoring" and "Hybrid Modelling of PV Power Generation for Enhanced Forecasting" at this years EUPVSEC - the 37th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition on the 8th September‼️

Connect with the global PV community at EU PVSEC to gain knowledge, explore trends and discuss what is needed to keep up the new solar momentum in Europe.


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The recording of the second PV-ESTIA webinar is now available online! 

You can learn more information regarding the PV-ESTIA project (https://www.pv-estia.eu/) and its developed Advanced Tool for Specialised Users which targets policymakers but also engineers, consultants and any other professionals of the energy sector! In addition, a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Energy Storage in buildings implemented with the use of the Tool is included.

Find out more about the financial viability of residential PV+Storage systems in the Balkan-Mediterranenan area!

Find the webinar here...[English]

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Webinar: Discovering the ETU Toolbox 
 

Join us on the 7th of July 2020 for the "Discovering the ETU Toolbox" WEBINAR: Designing Energy Storage Systems for residential Photovoltaics using the Online PV+Storage Optimization Tool by StoRES project Interreg MED Programme!

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Join the first Pan-European PANTERA Virtual Workshop!
 

Secure your place now for the first Pan-European PANTERA Workshop, taking place virtually on the 24th of June, as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2020 Energy Days!

PANTERA has come a long way through top down and bottom up actions/activities to identify and nourish all the trajectories that would contribute to the leveraging of smart grids R&I needs across Europe. We have grown wiser through our regional workshops/activities and stronger through our established collaborations, which we are proud of. Within the framework of the PANTERA multi-functional interactive platform developments and the set-up of the Operating Regional Desks, we would like to have an interactive fruitful discussion with you on the following topics:

- EU policy for 2030 to 2050 and the role of the R&I community
- Green Deal objectives and the R&I community positioning
- ETIP SNET and BRIDGE role for building R&I priorities roadmap

We are looking forward to your active participation for conducting a fruitful discussion to achieve all targeted objectives.

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New Project Launched «One intelligent cloud for PV Assets Diagnosis and Maintenance»
 

A new partnership that brings together three Mediterranean countries, Cyprus, Spain and Turkey has been launched for the implementation of a new project entitled “One intelligent cloud for PV Assets Diagnosis and Maintenance (Acronym: 1C4PV)”.

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Join the upcoming online workshop of ESPResSo project on 16 June 2020 at 10.00 am Swedish time. The event is free of charge and will be organized via Zoom with Prof. Anders Hagfeldt as moderator.
 

Difficult times lead to unconventional ideas. As face-to-face conferences suddenly is a faraway option, Dyenamo has tested an alternative platform for information exchange, namely thematic online workshops. After three workshops with technical themes, selected topics within the fields of perovskite solar cells, dye-sensitized solar cells and solar fuels, respectively, the fourth one will be a thorough status report of the project ESPResSO "Efficient structures and processes for reliable perovskite solar modules". Two years into the project, the partners will give a status reports and discuss the project results and experiences.
ESPResSO is a three-year Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission dedicated to realize the ambitious target of making perovskite solar cells a market reality. Consequently, the ESPResSo team covers the full spectrum of expertise ranging from fundamental studies to industrialization via e.g. studies of sustainability issues and development of materials, process technology and prototypes. The members of the consortium are coordinator IMEC (Belgium), EPFL (Switzerland), University of Rome, CNR and CSGI (Italy), Fraunhofer (Germany), University of Cyprus, Dycotec and M-Solv (UK), Onyx (Spain), Corning (France), Saule (Poland) and Dyenamo (Sweden). More ESPResSO information can be found on the project website and in the project flyer.

For registration, please write your name and organisation in an email to conference@dyenamo.se, by latest 14 June 2020. We will confirm your registration by sending the link to the event.

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Interview with Michalis Florides, Founder of Solex - the Winner of Environmental & Social Impact Award of the RG Young entrepreneurship Program 2019!
 

FOSS team of the University of Cyprus would like to express its sincere thanks to Cyprus Seeds as without the support of the Cyprus Seeds team this wouldn’t have been possible!
Michalis Florides and RG Mentor Stavros Koutsantonis who worked with SOLEX team, are sharing their RG YEP story at the blog of RG YEP.

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We would like to inform you of the project eNeuron that has just been ranked first in the Energy Island’s call of Horizon 2020 with FOSS being the Technical Coordinator led by Dr Christina Papadimitriou:
 
eNeuron is a response to the desire of EU to shift towards a low- or even carbon-neutral pan-European energy system that brings many challenges and opportunities.
Achieving this goal requires fully integrated energy systems able to supply low-carbon energy for all sectors from different energy sources, while integrating multiple energy carriers and exploiting the synergies coming from this interplay. In this context, storage in all its forms and types plays a crucial role by involving the end-user in the management of the energy system using local and user-friendly energy exchanges and by providing flexibility services to the system itself.
FOSS as the Technical Coordinator and ENEA as the Management Coordinator of the eNeuron project together with 15 strong partners and 4 demos spread throughout Europe will study the above systems and tackle the demanding challenges. With strong motivation and high ambition, the partners of eNeuron aim to develop innovative tools for the optimal design and operation of Local Energy Communities integrating distributed energy resources and multiple energy carriers.

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Innovation Meets Design
 
In the new issue of the ETEK journal, pages 14-15, you can read the article "Innovation Meets Design" for the project ImpActBiPV, a collaboration between FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, Deloitte Innovation & Entrepreneurship Centre and k-energy by Karantonis Group. The article is in greek. 

Read more...[Greek]

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FOSS team is now in the greek Startupper Magazine!
 
Great news! FOSS team is now in the greek Startupper Magazine in "Cyprus News Section" after our project SOLEX with the participation of Special Scientist Michalis Florides at RG YEP, has been announced as the Winner of the Social and Enviromental Impact Award!
Professor George E. Georgiou said: "Throughout the RG YEP, we have gained significant knowledge on intellectual property, growth hacking and pitching. This award will help us a lot to develop our brand. It was great presenting our idea to potential investors".

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Special Scientist Michalis Florides of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, the Winner of the Social Impact Award of the RG Accelarate pitching event in the context of the Reload Greece Young entrepreneurship Program 2019! 
 
Special Scientist Michalis Florides of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, the Winner of the Social Impact Award of the RG Accelarate pitching event in the context of the Reload Greece Young entrepreneurship Program 2019!
His project focuses on the development of a low cost sensor, which will be installed on PV systems for the early detection of faults without interrupting the operation of the system. The main concept is that Photovoltaic (PV) installations grow exponentially on a yearly basis. Their increased penetration in the electricity supply is going to affect the security of the supply. In order to increase the reliability and ensure maximum energy output, a low cost monitoring solution is required.
The Social Impact Award includes working with a UK company to develop a marketing strategy for the commercialization of his scientific idea to to the market.

Read more...[Greek]

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Enhancing storage integration in buildings with Photovoltaics: The European research project PV-ESTIA
 
Buildings are one of the world's largest "consumers" of electricity and, as a result, one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. This issue has an immediate impact on the construction industry as the European Union (EU) Member States concentrate their efforts on increasing the number of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs), following the European directives. NZEBs are buildings that have reduced consumption through energy saving measures and derive a significant part of this consumption from Renewables. Already, all public buildings must be classified asNZEBs by the 1st of January 2019 and mostly, all new buildings should belong to this category by the 1st of January 2021, in order to meet the set objectives for climate change by 2030.

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Internship Programme 2020
 

FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy gives the opportunity to undergraduate students to be involved in its research for the summer period 2020 (May - September).
Ideal candidates and eligible to apply are the undergraduate students in the Departments of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Mathematics from any University. 

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We are actively involved! Project Meetings during February - March 2020 
 
In February 2020, members of our team will be travelling to Greece for the kick -off meeting of FEVER project whilst in March 2020, we will have the pleasure to host in Cyprus the partners of FLEXGRID project for the  3rd Project Meeting.
Also, on 13 Feb 2020 we participated at a regional workshop on "Green Islands as a driver for the Energy Transition – Going Renewable and Smart",  organized in Athens by the PANTERA project. The workshop focused on the challenges and barriers, along with the best practices and future steps toward greening geographical islands and transforming them to 100% renewable energy systems with the support of technologies that enable their smart autonomous operation.

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Berlin Project - 2nd Transnational Meeting in Israel

BERLIN aims to develop cost-effective rehabilitation measures for public buildings in Cyprus Israel, Italy and Greece involving the optimal integration of photovoltaics, energy storage and demand side management. BERLIN will influence positively public authorities and energy stakeholders towards adopting sustainable energy policies leading to sustainable development and more environmentally-friendly practices.

The 2nd transational meeting of the project will take place in Israel during March 2020. 

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School Educational Visits at PV Technology Lab

During February, we had the pleasure to host the Primary School of Derynia for an educational visit to our premises, whilst 27  third-class primary students visited us as well on 27 Feb 2020, to enhance their knowledge on Photovoltaics.

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Special Scientist Michalis Florides one of the Winners of RG Accelerate 2019 Programme

The FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus proudly announces that the Special Scientist Mr Michalis Florides, has been selected as one of the winners of the 2019 Reload Greece Young entrepreneurship Program 2019 (RG YEP).
Particularly, he is one of 15 ‘young entrepreneurs’ who have been selected from the 12 RGYEP events that took place in the UK, Greece and Cyprus in 2019, to participate in the next phase of the Program, the RG Accelerate.

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New Project Launched
 
New Project Launched to Support Innovative and Cost-Effective Energy Rehabilitation in Public Buildings. A project coordinated by the FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus.

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Innovation meets Design

The design and development of a glass Building Integrated Photovoltaic System (BIPVs) and its installation on façades is the topic of an innovative project launched recently in Cyprus, as a result of the collaboration between k-energy, Deloitte’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre and the Research Centre for Sustainable Energy (FOSS) of the University of Cyprus.

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Microgrids and their role in the development of Energy Communities

The Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB) in collaboration with FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, organized with great success a workshop on Microgrids and their role in the development of Energy Communities, on Tuesday 24 September 2019.

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New success for the University of Cyprus!

The University of Cyprus is the coordinator of a new EU funded project from the European Commision that focuses on the establishment of a new era related to the issue of social action on energy issues, with a budget of €3.888.338,75 in the context of the programme «Horizon 2020».
  

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Hy2Green Meeting 

FOSS University of Cyrus: 3rd trasnational meeting for the project Hy2Green in France.

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DELTA Project

New funded research project by FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy. The aim of the project is the optimal use of energy according to the needs and with the active participation of theconsumers.

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Innovation meets Design

The design and development of a glass Building Integrated Photovoltaic System (BIPVs) and its installation on façades is the topic of an innovative project launched recently in Cyprus, as a result of the collaboration between k-energy, Deloitte’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre and the Research Centre for Sustainable Energy (FOSS) of the University of Cyprus.

Read more...[English] [Greek]
 

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Newsletters


BERLIN Newsletter

It is our pleasure to introduce you to our new and ambitious project funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC Med Programme that brings together seven organizations from four Mediterranean countries, Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy. The partnership of the project entitled “Cost-effective rehabilitation of public buildings into smart and resilient nano-grids using storage (Acronym: BERLIN)” welcomes you to this first project newsletter, which will inform you about the progress of the aim of the project and its activities implemented so far. 

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PEGASUS Newsletter

In the PEGASUS project, 10 partners from MED countries are working together to study into more details microgrids, focusing on 7 rural and island areas. The objective is to implement a set of tools and measures that aim to facilitate the development of microgrids.

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StoRES Newsletter

Final Project Meeting in Portugal . The final project meeting was successfully held in Algarve (Portugal) on the 25-26th September 2019. StoRES Project partners met for their last transnational meeting to wrap up the project. During the first day of the final meeting, the partners presented and discussed the technical work in connection to data collection and analysis, simulations, cost-benefit analysis of battery energy storage systems, technical solution and transferring activities.

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Course: PV Designer & Installer

FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus offers vocational training courses subsidized by the Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA). The course "PV System Designer and Installer" for the period September - November 2019 was completed with great success. The programmes are intended for employees involved in the fields of electrical or mechanical engineering and are actively involved in the installations of PV systems.


MEnS Front Meeting Skills Workshop

Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) 13/09/2016 - 09/12/2016.


SmartPV and ELECTRA projects

SmartPV and ELECTRA projects continued their networking activities in Cyprus. Workshop on Islands or weakly linked grids with high potential for market mature Renewable Energy Sources (RES) 11/05/2016-13/05/2016.

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