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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!

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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