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Join the Journey: We are UPGRADING and HIRING!

Join us in creating the PHAETHON Centre of Excellence, a world-class Centre for Research and Innovation and an inspiring environment for conducting state-of-the-art research on intelligent, efficient and sustainable energy solutions!

Over 200 Open Positions are waiting for passionate and talented people to be filled in various areas of expertise.

If you are interested in joining us, send us your CV and a Cover Letter to foss.vacancies@gmail.com

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Join us in creating the future!

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The “PHAETHON” proposal secured the highest score in the EU for the creation of a Centre of Excellence in the field of Green and Sustainable Energy! 

Huge Congratulations to our team under the coordination of Professors George E. Georghiou and Constantinos Christofides for securing funding for the upgrading of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus into a new and autonomous Centre of Excellence, the "PHAETHON" CoE!

The “PHAETHON” proposal achieved the highest score in the EU for the creation of a Centre of Excellence in the field of Green and Sustainable Energy with partners the Cyprus Seeds, the Technical University of Denmark and the University of Groningen.

Read Press Releases here: 

Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation & Digital Policy: Greek  English 
University of Cyprus: Greek   English

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Great news: ELECTRA project results were included in the IEA PVPS, Task 16 Report!

Novel work emanating from the ELECTRA project has been published in the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) Task 16 "Solar resource for high penetration and large-scale applications", following our participation in the IEA PVPS Task 16 Experts Meeting hosted by the Fraunhofer-Institute ISE in Freiburg (Germany) on 21-23 September 2022.
The work aims to present solutions on the practical implementation of firm PV power with inverter controls in modernized distribution systems.

Read the report here.

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GREEN ERASMUS+ Project launched: The kick-off meeting took place in Oeiras, Portugal within January 2023!

The GREEN project is coordinated by the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) and brings onboard both educational and industrial organizations towards the establishment of a cross-sectorial cooperation strategy for Green Skills development at European level that can be mainstreamed to different contexts.

GREEN gives continuity to the blueprints projects activities from MATES (Maritime), ASSETS+ (Defence), SAM (Additive Manufacturing, EDDIE(Energy), DRIVES (Autmotive), Albatts (Batteries), in terms of green skills mapping, while proposing innovative policy approaches for a “Greener” education. 

FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus (UCY) is participating at GREEN as a partner!

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Presentation of PHAETHON CoE to the PV Lab, FOSS team!

On the 21st of December 2022, Professor George E. Georghiou presented to the team of the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, the recently funded by the European Commission PHAETHON project and the radical changes that will be implemented during the process of upgrading FOSS to PHAETHON Centre of Excellence. Professor Constantinos C. Christofides presented to the team of young researchers and the personnel the scope and the overall impact of PHAETHON on society, especially with regard to the opening of new positions.
Lunch for the upcoming festive period of Christmas was followed, by a Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Our team is looking forward to its expansion and upgrading to a world-class CoE! We encourage all those interested to be part of this effort to get in touch with us!



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BERLIN Project: The 5th Newsletter is out!

In this newsletter edition, we present the latest developments of the project including the progress of pilot activities as well as highlights from meetings, trainings, and events where the project was presented.

Enjoy reading HERE 

Stay abreast of the progress of BERLIN project through our official website and Social Media (Facebook & Twitter)!


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Getting ready to launch our recently EU-funded project “TESTARE”!

Our recently EU-funded project “TESTARE”, Twinning for excellence in TEsting new generation PV: Long-term STAbility and field Reliability, is ready to kick-off its activities on the 1st of January 2023. In this three-year project, the University of Cyprus (UCY) will link effectively with leading research institutions, namely Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer), and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), aiming to stimulate excellence and innovation capacity at the DegradationLab of PV Technology Lab of UCY in the field of long-term stability and field reliability testing of new and emerging photovoltaic technologies.

Today, 9th of December 2022, the consortium had its first online meeting to get ready for the project launch!

Stay tuned to learn more about this Horizon Europe Twinning project, in 2023! 


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PANTERA-EIRIE Platform participated to Enlit Europe 2022 in Frankfurt, Germany!

Dr. Venizelos Efthymiou, participated with the PANTERA project at Enlit Europe 2022 in Frankfurt, Germany on the 29th of November – 1st of December 2022, presenting our latest project developments in the EU Project Zone and in 2 roundtables!

The PANTERA- EIRIE platform was presented by Dr. Venizelos Efthymiou and our partners Dr. Anna Mutule (IPE) and Yaksh Kumar (DERlab), with an emphasis on EIRIE’s vision to unify European activity, incentivize further investments in smart grids and support access to exploitable results that can spark further work and cooperation capable of bridging the existing gaps.

Overall, the Enlit forum provided the Enlit Community the chance to meet and inspire each other, develop their discussions and actions to take steps forward in the energy transition and solve the most pressing issues in energy.

Thank you all for joining PANTERA in Frankfurt!


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Farewell to our Colleague, Dr. Jesús Montes Romero from the University of Jaén!

It has been a great pleasure to host at the PV Technology Lab, our colleague from the University of Jaén Dr. Jesús Montes Romero.
Jesús joined the PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus as a Post-Doctoral Researcher, in the framework of the “Margarita Salas grant for the training of young doctors” of the University of Jaén for Spanish University system requalification for 2021- 2023. The activities of the first year of his grant were carried out under the supervision of Prof. George Georghiou, Head of the PV Technology Lab and the guidance of Dr. George Makrides, Head of Renewables and Grid integration group.

During his stay at FOSS, he worked on the improvement of the existing algorithms and the development of new methodologies to optimise the O&M strategies and asset management of PV Power Plants. PV system energy loss database and formulation of monitoring alert rules, PV system failure diagnosis and PV System reliability were some of his daily tasks at FOSS, to name a few. At the end of his secondment, Jesús presented to our team the results of this granted project, entitled “PV system failure detection, classification and reliability analysis through advanced modelling methods”.

After the completion of a successful first year at the University of Cyprus, Jesús will continue his project at the AdPVTech (Advances in Photovoltaic Technology) research group of the University of Jaén, led by Dr. Eduardo Fernández Fernández.

We are glad to have collaborated with such a recognized researcher and we are really saddened by his departure. We look forward to the continuation of our fruitful and long-term collaboration in the future!

Adiós Jesús, hasta la próxima!


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The eight newsletter of DRIMPAC is out! 

DRIMPAC project has come to an end and with this newsletter we close our updates on the long journey of the project!

These newsletters are published to keep you informed of the latest developments in the project DRIMPAC, including interviews, upcoming events, project progress and results, #information on #project partners and other #related #news.

Check it out here

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A valuable three-week internship experience at Gantner Instruments in Austria! 

Mr. Loucas Pikolos, Special Scientist at the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, visited the Gantner Instruments in Austria as an intern from the 5th of November 2022 until the 26th of November 2022, in the context of the PV-ANALYTIC project activities.

The purpose of the internship was the development of a prediction model which will be used as a service for the company’s customers to ensure that their power plant is operating properly. Initially, Loucas had an introduction to the company’s departments and platforms, in order to fully understand the way that the company operates and to get familiar with the software and hardware environment.

During the internship, he had advanced training on Gi.bench/Gi.cloud software and hardware and he is now able to use both of them as a professional. Through his cooperation with the staff of the company, he developed well-rounded skills in Python, and he extended his knowledge in the field of performance prediction models and machine learning. Finally, he had training on the latest generation platforms where he will be able in the future to schedule and orchestrate data pipelines or workflows.

From his site, Loucas enjoyed the internship and now he has a very valuable experience under his belt. Finally, he found the internship demanding since the tasks were real industrial deliverables and not just training on relative software.

Overall, Loucas encourages students and young professionals who desire to learn to hunt for an Internship in Gantner Instruments, since the improvement is guaranteed!

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Vocational Training Course on "PV System Designer and Installer", has been successfully completed within November 2022! 

We are glad to announce that another session of the Vocational Training Course on "PV System Designer and Installer", has been completed with great success within November 2022! 

The programme is offered by the PV Technology Lab of the University of Cyprus and is approved by the Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA) and the Cyprus Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry. 

The next session is expected to commence within March 2023!
*Limited number of places available. 

For more information and for registrations: tel. +357 22894321/ email: foss.vocationaltraining@gmail.com 

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PANTERA Regional Workshop held in Budapest in the context of the IEEE 5th International Conference AND workshop in Óbuda on Electrical and Power Engineering (CANDO EPE 2022)! 

We are honored for that Dr Venizelos Efthymiou and Mr Georgios Yiasoumas from our team, joined the PANTERA workshop “Boosting the R&I activity on Smart Grid Technologies: Strengthen of regional activity in R&I facilitated by the European EIRIE platform” in the context of the CANDO EPE 2022 on the 21st of November 2022!

The objective of this PANTERA workshop was to enhance collaboration in R&I activities in Hungary, facilitate knowledge, exchange and showcase best practices of how international networking and cooperation between national stakeholders and key international associations and organizations can be beneficial for establishing long-lasting interactions and fostering joint R&I activities. Special emphasis was given to EIRIE’s vision in becoming a reference operational point to unify European activity, incentivize further investments in smart grids and support access to exploitable results that can spark further cooperation and bridge existing gaps.

Dr. Venizelos Efthymiou and Mr. Georgios Yiasoumas, in an effort towards an interactive dialogue on expectations from EIRIE, analyzed the promise of EIRIE. The dialogue was initiated by the topic of "EIRIE, the multifunctional platform that can make the difference: Why EIRIE? What added value it brings and how you can benefit".

A number of interesting presentations on the R&I landscape of Hungary were followed by a panel discussion on “How to accelerate the R&I activities of Hungary in achieving energy transition” with panelists Ferenc Molnár (Advisor of Deputy CEO at MVM), Holcsik Péter (Grid Development Specialist at MVM Émász) and Norbert Boross (Honorary Associate Professor, former Director Regulatory Issues and Corporate Communication at ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ).

Overall, this PANTERA workshop contributed to the EIRIE’s vision and brought together the stakeholders of Hungary who actively participated in the workshop, in order to pave the way forward for helping the country to move faster toward the much-wanted energy transition to the low carbon economy.

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Our participation in the 13th International Summit on Organic and Hybrid Photovoltaics Stability (ISOS-13)!

We are more than delighted about the great success of the Online Workshop of 1C4PV project “One intelligent cloud for PV Assets Diagnosis and Maintenance (1C4PV)”, which attracted local and international partners, researchers and stakeholders in the PV energy sector.

The workshop was hosted on the 2nd of November 2022 with a general presentation and activities of PV Technology Laboratory FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy by our Researcher, Anna Michail and of Isotrol by Ruben Gonzalez Bernal. Dr. Andreas Livera presented the insights and results of the 1C4PV project by providing technical information in the field of performance, reliability, monitoring and maintenance activities in PV systems. Special emphasis was given to the classification of failures and losses, criticality evaluation of detected incidents and generation of recommendation actions. The developed cloud-based platform for PV Assets Diagnosis was demonstrated by Sergio Raigon Gomez, Isotrol.

We would like to thank all the attendees for their active participation and the fruitful discussion!




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Presentation of the research activities of the Austrian Institute of Technology to the PV Lab Staff!

During the past weeks (October 2022), we were glad to host at the PV Technology Lab of the University of Cyprus our colleagues from the Austian Institute of Technology (AIT), Dr. Sarah Reisenbauer and Dr. Rao Bharath-Varsh! 

Dr. Sarah Reisenbauer and Dr. Rao Bharath-Varsh visited the University of Cyprus under the scope of Erigrid 2.0 project and delivered to the researchers and staff of the PV Technology Lab team an interesting presentation on research activities at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) related to the research activities of the PV Technology Lab.

Our special thanks from our team for the interesting and interactive presentation!

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AGH University of Science and Technology (Krakow - Poland) at the University of Cyprus!

As part of the ERIGrid 2.0 Transnational Laboratory Access, this week we are happy to host colleagues Krzysztof Chmielowiec, Andrzej Firlit and Aleks Piszczek from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow (Poland). The group of researchers is working in the PVinPS project led by Dr. Krzysztof Chmielowiec, which investigates photovoltaics integration in distributed power systems.

This research has been performed using the ERIGrid 2.0 Research Infrastructure and is part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Grant Agreement No. 870620.

The support of the European Research Infrastructure ERIGrid 2.0 and its partner AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH is very much appreciated.



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Next SyNERGY MED conference in Cyprus in 2024!


Great news! The next SyNERGY MED conference will take place in Cyprus: 

It is our great pleasure to announce that the 3rd International Conference on Energy Transition in the Mediterranean Area will take place in 2024 in Cyprus!

More information will be announced soon. Stay tuned!



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Join the SUPEERA/PANTERA Workshop: Fostering EU Clean Energy transition in Hungary!

On the 26th of October 2022, PANTERA EIRIE Platform and SUPEERA are joining forces to organize the workshop "Fostering EU Clean Energy transition in Hungary", with the objective to enhance collaboration in R&I activities in Hungary, facilitate knowledge exchange and showcase best practices of how international networking and cooperation between national stakeholders and key international associations and organizations can be beneficial for establishing long-lasting interactions and fostering joint R&I activities.

This workshop will offer a detailed overview of the European policies, strategies, EU funding programmes and collaboration opportunities at the disposal to the research community of Hungary with the aim to bringing them closer to the R&I activities of Europe and get active with the SET Plan process. Meanwhile, the invited experts and stakeholders will share their experience in the project implementation.

Join us!

When: 26 October 2022    🕛 9:00 to 17:00 CEST / 10:00 to 18:00 EEST
Join us!
Register here to attend online by videoconference or physically at Budapest University of Technology and Economics [Room: Pécsi Eszter 3 Műegyetem rakpart 1111 Budapest Hungary].

Find more information here 

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Erigrid 2.0 Transational Access!

In the context of the ERIGrid 2.0 Transnational Laboratory Access, our colleagues Loucas Pikolos, Javier Lopez Lorente and George Makrides visited the Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna during the last weeks. This week we are happy to host at PV Lab, FOSS two colleagues from AIT: Sarah Reisenbauer and Bharath-Varsh Rao. The group of researchers are collaborating in the AIDGRIDS project (Artificial Intelligent Digitalized Solutions for Smart Grids) led by Dr. George Makrides. The project addresses the challenges for voltage state estimation in secondary distribution networks with different levels of network observability.

This research has been performed using the ERIGrid 2.0 Research Infrastructure and is part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Grant Agreement No. 870620.

The support of the European Research Infrastructure ERIGrid 2.0 and its partner AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH is very much appreciated! 

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SyNERGY MED2022 Update: Another two oral presentations of the ELECTRA project in the SyNERGY MED2022 Conference today!

Alexandre Delode and George Tziolis, PhD students and researchers of our team, delivered their oral presentations on 18 October 2022 at the SyNERGY MED2022 Conference, in Thessaloniki – Greece. The oral contributions, related with research advancements of the ELECTRA project entitled “Modernising the distribution grid for enabling high penetration of photovoltaic electricity through Advanced data analytic operational observability and management”, were presented in the “Power System Optimisation and Planning” session of the SyNERGY MED2022 Conference.

Alexandre Delode presented on “Voltage State Estimation in a Microgrid with Temporal Convolutional Network and Various Feature Dimensions”, whilst George Tziolis presented on “Comparative Analysis of Machine Learning Models for Short-Term Net Load Forecasting in Renewable Integrated Microgrids”.

Congratulations to all the Researchers, Students and Academics of the PV Lab, FOSS UCY who are currently representing our team in the SyNERGY MED2022 Conference.

This work was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation under the ELECTRA project protocol number INTEGRATED/0918/0071.

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Researchers of the PVLab FOSS currently participating in the SyNERGY MED2022 Conference, in Thessaloniki, Greece!

Our latest #news: Nikolas G. Chatzigeorgiou and Dr. Andreas Livera of our team, just delivered their oral presentations at the SyNERGY MED2022 Conference, in Thessaloniki, Greece on research advancements of the ELECTRA and 1C4PV projects, respectively.

Nikolas G. Chatzigeorgiou gave a glance on “The effect of electricity price and consumption level on the Power-to-Energy Ratio for the sizing of hybrid PV-BSS: Techno-economic Analysis of Mediterranean prosumers”, carried out under the activities of ELECTRA project. Dr. Andreas Livera presented orally on “Performance Loss Rate Estimation of Fielded Photovoltaic Systems Based on Statistical Change-Point Techniques”, carried out under the 1C4PV project activities.

The 2nd International Conference on Energy Transition in the Mediterranean Area (SyNERGY MED2022), is focused on topics of interest to the Energy Challenges in the Mediterranean area with ultimate purpose to address the vast technological changes in all areas of the electric energy business, products, equipment, methods, and so on.

Stay tuned, as a number of presentations will also follow by members of our team in the framework of the SyNERGY MED2022 Conference!

The research activities, are funded through the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (ELECTRA - INTEGRATED/0918/0071, 1C4PV - P2P/SOLAR/0818/0010).


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Join the PANTERA Session in the SyNERGY MED 2022 Conference on Tuesday, the 18th of October 2022 at 15.30 -17.00 EEST (14.30-16.00 CET)!

Join the PANTERA Session in the SyNERGY MED 2022 Conference on Tuesday, the 18th of October 2022 at 15.30 -17.00 EEST (14.30-16.00 CET) with title: Boosting the R&I activity on Smart Grid Technologies - Empowering the R&I community to actively contribute to the Energy Transition, Country: Greece, Thessaloniki.

The session aims to bring the stakeholders of Greece and the wider region actively participating in the conference to try to pave the way forward for helping Greece and more widely the region to move faster toward the much-wanted energy transition to the low carbon economy. Among the distinguished Panellists will be Dr. Peter Janhson (WG3 ETIP SNET), Dr. Konstantinos Bavelis (Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator), Prof. Georgios C. Christoforidis (University of Western Macedonia) and Dr. Andrea Wohlfarter (Austrian Power Grid).

Access the streaming through the link here or through the website here
The Session is open to the public. Join us!

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Researcher of PV Lab, FOSS Jorge Bracho in the 12th Alumni EUREC Forum in Brussels!

Our Researcher and PhD student, Jorge Bracho Luis Zabala, participated in the 2th Alumni EUREC Forum in Brussels with a presentation on "The Evolution of Energy Systems and the role of Demand Response - Experiences within the UCY Campus".

The event was a great chance for alumni to share their experiences together, meet old friends and make new connections. Topics relating to professional development, job search strategy, talent recruitment/development, personal enrichment, technology and RE business trends were covered in this version of the annual alumni Forum.


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BERLIN Project at the EUSEW Sustainable Energy Week 2022 in Brussels- BERLIN as a concrete example of an energy system efficiency approach:  

Among the projects participating from both shores of the Mediterranean was BERLIN project, presented as a good example of energy efficiency solution in public buildings. Gianni Celli, Associate Professor from University of Cagliari presented the solutions of the project and actively participated in the discussion regarding the policy recommendations.

Read more here
Short video here

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PANTERA Workshop held in Paphos, Cyprus on Empowering Energy Citizens and Communities towards the Decarbonisation of “Energy Island” in the context of the 8th IEEE International Smart Cities Conference 2022 (ISC2):

The PANTERA workshop on Empowering Energy Citizens and Communities towards the Decarbonisation of “Energy Island” was successfully hosted in the context of the 8th IEEE ISC2 2022 Conference on the 27th of September 2022!
Dr Venizelos Efthymiou, Chairman of FOSS opened the workshop and set the scene for open dialogue on the role of the PANTERA process in helping Cyprus to grow stronger in sustainable energy R&I. We had the great honor to have with us, Mr Charalambos Rousos, Director of Department of Energy of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry, who presented on "Cyprus’ Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan for the period 2021-2030 and beyond: Opportunities". A number of interesting presentations on EIRIE platform were followed by a panel discussion on “How to accelerate the R&I activities of Cyprus in support of the energy transition” with panelists representing the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA), Cyprus Transmission System Operator (TSOC), European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) and the Distribution System Operator (DSO).

The PANTERA workshop brought together the Cyprus stakeholders who actively participated in the workshop, in order to pave the way forward for helping the country to move faster toward the much-wanted energy transition to the low carbon economy!

Read more here

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JAUNTY Transnational Project Meeting, 2nd Pilot Lecture & Open Day Workshop at the University of Cyprus!

During the week 26 - 30 September 2022, we had the pleasure to host at the University of Cyprus our JAUNTY project partners from the International Hellenic University, the University of Western Macedonia, the Technical University of Sofia, the Software Company Ltd, the K3Y and the Public Power Corporation!

Apart from the transnational project meeting,  a number of lectures, presentations and a workshop (open to the public) on Smart Energy Systems took place. It was given emphasis to various topics, such as the "Smart Grid Communications and measurement technology", "Performance analysis tools for Smart Grid design", "Performance analysis tools for Smart Grid design" and "SCADA and Smart Energy Grid Control Automation", to name a few.

Moreover, a short tour at the Dhekelia Power Station was organized, where participants had the opportunity to learn more about the station and its operation. We express our appreciation to the Electricity Authority of Cyprus for the informative tour at the Dhekelia Station!  

Overall, the JAUNTY project meeting activities were successfully completed! 


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Our participation in the 13th International Summit on Organic and Hybrid Photovoltaics Stability (ISOS-13)!

Dr Matthew Norton, Research Scientist at the PV Lab – FOSS, UCY participated in the 13th International Summit on Organic and Hybrid Photovoltaics Stability (ISOS-13), which took place on 27 – 30 September 2022 in Sonderborg, Denmark. Dr Norton delivered a poster presentation on research advancements of the project “DegradationLab” on “Outdoor study of photovoltaic mini modules with different perovskite compositions”.

The presented work was focused on the results of the study of perovskite mini modules with different structures installed outdoors to detect differences in their long-term performance that can be attributed to their composition.

This work was funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research & Innovation Foundation (Grant No.: INFRASTRUCTURES/1216/0043 - DegradationLab).



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Researchers of the PVLab FOSS participated in the 8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-8) 2022, at Milan, Italy!

Maria Hadjipanayi, coordinator of DegradationLab project, delivered a poster presentation on research advancements of the DegradationLab on “Evaluation of Performance Measurements of Different Type Perovskite Devices at Different Measurement Conditions”. Spyros Theocharides gave a glance into the ELECTRA project results with a poster presentation titled “Day-ahead Photovoltaic Production Forecasting Using XGBoost and Post-Calibration Modeling”. Andreas Livera gave a poster presentation on “Cloud-based Decision Support System for Operation and Maintenance in Photovoltaic Systems”, carried out under the 1C4PV project activities. Anna Michail presented a poster on “Optimal Methodology for Forecasting Performance Loss Rate of Fielded Photovoltaic Systems Using Robust Principal Component Analysis and Auto Regressive Integrated Moving Average”, under the ROM-PV project. At the WCPEC-8, further research activities of our researchers were also presented on "Glass BIPVs for Commercial Building Integration in Cyprus", under the ImpAct-BIPV project and on "Stability Assessment of Perovskite Cells with H3pp Molecule Additives at Different Loading Conditions", under the PERSI-PV project.

Congratulations to all our Researchers for their participation in #WCPEC-8!

The research activities, were funded through the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (Degradation Lab - INFRASTRUCTURES/1216/0043, ELECTRA - INTEGRATED/0918/0071, 1C4PV - P2P/SOLAR/0818/0010, ROM-PV - P2P/SOLAR/0818/0009, ENTERPRISES/0618/0052) and the University of Cyprus (ONISILOS Funding Scheme for Post-doctoral Researchers Dr. Vasiliki Paraskeva).


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PANTERA at the European Sustainable Energy Week 2022 in Brussels!

PANTERA project, coordinated by PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, had the great honour to be part of the European Sustainable Energy Week 2022 in Brussels. At the Energy Fair of the #EUSEW2022 together with our partner, European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories - DERlab we had the great opportunity to present to energy stakeholders the PANTERA EIRIE Platform, its key functionalities and benefits of using EIRIE.

Find out more about PANTERA and EIRIE platform here


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PANTERA Workshop hosted by the IEEE Smart Cities Conference 2022!
Boosting the R&I activity on Smart Grid Technologies - Empowering Energy Citizens and Communities towards the Decarbonisation of “Energy Island”!


The workshop aims to bring the stakeholders of Cyprus actively participating in the workshop to address all the above issues and together try to pave the way forward for helping the country to move faster toward the much-wanted energy transition to the low carbon economy.

Among other presenters, Mr Charalambos Rousos, Director of Department of Energy of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry, will present on "Cyprus’ Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan for the period 2021-2030 and beyond: Opportunities".

When: 27 September 2022 🕛 14:00 – 17:30 EEST

Find the agenda here & Connect with us here

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Visit to the PV Technology Lab - FOSS by the Honorable Ministers of Energy of Israel and Cyprus!

On the 19th of September 2022, we were honored by the presence of the Honorable Minister of Energy of Israel,  Karine Elharrar and the Honorable Minister of Cyprus, Natasa Pilidou.

Professor George E. Georghiou delivered a tour at the PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, during which he presented the activities, the infrastructure and equipment of the laboratory.

We take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to the respected Ministers for their visit! 

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“Going electric means more active distribution that is ambitious, achievable and can be inclusive through the European Green Deal”.

On 19/09/2022 Dr. Venizelos Efthymiou, will give a presentation on “Going electric means more active distribution that is ambitious, achievable and can be inclusive through the European Green Deal”.

Dr Efthymiou will share his thoughts, from a European perspective, on the adaptation of the distribution grid in support of the energy transition, facilitating a large-scale electrification of the society.

Register here 

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The Head of Philanthropy at Mohari, Alexandra Weldon, visited the PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University Of Cyprus. 

Cyprus Seeds welcomes a new Donor, Mohari Hospitality. Mohari Hospitality donates €100.000 to Cyprus Seeds to support the commercialization of environmental and cultural scientific innovations.

On the 13th of September, the Head of Philanthropy at Mohari, Alexandra Weldon, visited the PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the  University Of Cyprus. 

Ms. Weldon said, "Our philanthropic mission is to #empower local communities to thrive, and with a growing presence in #Cyprus, we felt it was important to find local causes to support. We are proud to partner with Cyprus Seeds, an organization that does valuable work to enhance the commercial skills and prospects of the brightest #young minds in Cyprus. We look forward to seeing the progress that #academic #teams will make with this funding and the opportunity for our team members to mentor them along the way.”

Learn more about Mohari's donation and Ms. Weldon's visit to Cyprus here

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JAUNTY Project: Invitation to the Smart Energy Management System Workshop on the 27th of  September 2022 @13:00-17:15.

You are cordially invited to a Smart Energy Management System Workshop hosted by the FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus (UCY), on Tuesday, the 27th of September 2022 at 13:00-17:15 at the new library building of the UCY. The workshop will include presentations from Experts from the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) and UCY on the transition towards smart grids, the Cyprus SCADA system and the energy management system at the UCY.

The workshop will also introduce the new Erasmus+ program funded by the EC, "Joint undergAduate coUrses for smart eNergy managemenT sYstem (JAUNTY)". The project has partners from Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus: TUS, Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria), K3Y Ltd (Bulgaria), Univerity of Western Macedonia (Greece), Hellenic International University (Greece) and University of Cyprus (UCY).

The project focuses on Smart Energy Management Systems (SEMS), a hot issue for consumers, energy producers, energy retailers, distributors, service providers and ICT stakeholders.

*Seats are limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, the 21st of September 2022 the latest to save your place*  RSVP: +357 22894321 e: pvtech@ucy.ac.cy       

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Registrations now open for the Vocational Training Courses of the PV Technology Lab, University of Cyprus! 

The PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus will be offering a number of Vocational Training Courses for the second semester of 2022. The specifications of all programmes have been approved by the Cyprus Human Resource Development Authority.

The course "PV System Designer and Installer" is scheduled to be implemented within  November 2022. Interested participants can submit their registration forms by contacting us on +357 22894321 or by sending us an email at  foss.vocationaltraining@gmail.com,quoting the title of the course they are interested for.

More information can be found in our brochure:  English   Greek
*Limited number of places available for each programme.

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PANTERA project, EIRIE Platform and FOSS’s latest research advancements in DERlab Activity Report 2021-2022! 

The activities of the EU project “PAN European Technology Energy Research Approach” (PANTERA), coordinated by FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus (a DERlab member), are extensively presented in the DERlab Activity Report 2021-2022 titled “Pan-European Collaboration & the Role of Remote Testing in the Recovery Plan”.

Special emphasis is given to the successful implementation of the PANTERA project in building up an efficient and sustainable European Interconnection for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (EIRIE) Platform. EIRIE brings together stakeholders active in the fields of smart grids, storage and local energy systems, including policymakers, standardization bodies and experts in both research and academia, representing the EU energy system.

Read the DERlab Activity Report 2021-2022 here and find out more about EIRIE’s key functionalities and benefits as well as the expected impacts and the role of the DERlab Network in the PANTERA project. The DERlab Activity report focuses also on both international networking and knowledge exchange within the period 2021-2022 on the topic of smart grids operation, planning and control strategies. Amongst the presented DERlab members’ infrastructure, discover the Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) and Load Forecasting of Smart Grids latest research advancements of FOSS Research Centre.

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Erasmus Staff Training at the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, University of Cyprus!

During the last week of July 2022, we had the pleasure to have here with us Dr Sameer Al-Dahidi, Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Maintenance Engineering Department of the School of Applied Technical Sciences, German Jordanian University.

Dr Sameer was invited to took part in the Erasmus+ Staff Training at the University of Cyprus at the PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, within the framework of the Erasmus+ International programme – mobility between programme and partner countries.

We enjoyed Dr. Sameer's presence at the PV Lab and the University of Cyprus and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration! 

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EDDIE Newsletter is out!

Learn about the latest updates of EDDIE, a four-year  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.

Read the Newsletter #10 - April - May - June 2022  here: English 

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PV Lab/FOSS Intern, Ryan Cummings from Texas A&M University, successfully completed his internship programme on "Integrating a PV System and Battery with the Grid"!

On the 29th of July 2022, our intern from Texas A&M University, Ryan Cummings, having successfully completed his internship programme on "Integrating a PV System and Battery with the Grid", at the PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, attended the Closing Ceremony of UCY/ Texas A&M University Exchange Programme at the University of Cyprus, organized by the UCY Polytechnic School.

We congratulate Ryan and we wish him every success in his future endeavors, and we hope that his time here at the PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy has been beneficial to his education and career goals!

It was a pleasure having you here with us Ryan!


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Report on the energy hub concept and the multi objective programming approach of an energy hub!

What are the advantages of Energy Hubs?

The integration of different carriers under the Energy Hub concept is attracting researchers’ attention considering a series of global, economic and environmental advantages. 


Read the the deliverable for details here

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Digitalisation in the heating and cooling industry: new Horizons and DRIMPAC solutions!

On Friday, the 22nd of July 2022, Stam Tech organized a workshop to present and showcase the final results of DRIMPAC project. The title of the session was "Digitalisation in the heating and cooling industry: new #Horizons and DRIMPAC solutions".

The workshop was open to the public and the first after a while to be held in person. 

Read more here

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Eddie Project: Report on Best Practice for Vocational Education & Training.

Check out the Eddie Project ”Summary of Deliverable D4.2 – Report on Best Practice for Vocational Education & Training (VET)”.

The deliverable has been coordinated by our partner NOVEL Group.

Read here

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Next PANTERA workshop: "Boosting the R&I activity on Smart Grid Technologies: Empowering Energy Citizens and Communities towards the Decarbonisation of “Energy Island”!

Be with us for the next PANTERA workshop "Boosting the R&I activity on Smart Grid Technologies: Empowering Energy Citizens and Communities towards the Decarbonisation of “Energy Island”!

When: 27 September 2022 at 14:00 – 17:30 EEST
Where: Paphos, Cyprus (at the IEEE Smart Cities Conference 2022)

This workshop aims to bring the stakeholders of Cyprus together and address all the issues in the way of the country moving faster toward the much-wanted energy transition to the low-carbon economy.

More information and registration here  


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eNeuron 3rd General Assembly in Naples, Italy

Our researcher, Mr. Chrysanthos Charalambous, participated to the 3rd General Assembly of the "eNeuron" Horizon 2020 project, in Naples Italy between 11th - 13th July 2022.

The Consortium had three days full of presentations on the project progress and next steps,  workshops and visits to the ENEA Laboratories at the Research Centre of Portici. 




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BERLIN contributes to the dialogue on energy transition!

The EUSEW2022 returns this September and BERLIN will be there to show how a cross-border project can enable the necessary changes for energy transition:

The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the biggest European conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe, will return on 26-30 September 2022 in a new hybrid format. EUSEW2022 brings together public authorities, private companies, projects, NGOs, and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure, and efficient energies.

BERLIN - Cost-effective rehabilitation of public buildings into smart and resilient nano-grids using storage, joins forces with other European Neighborhood Instrument for Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean (ENI CBC Med) projects at the EUSEW2022, which will organise a special session on buildings and relevant policy proposals, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction. The session will take place on the 28th of September 2022 and will include virtual visits and panel discussion with important stakeholders. 
Read more here

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ROM-PV project coordination meeting at the University of Jaén!

Our Researchers, Andreas Livera and Anna Michail, attended the ROM-PV project coordination meeting that took place at the premises of our partner, AdPVTech Research Group at the University of Jaén, on the 6th - 7th of July, 2022.

This is an industry-driven project that combines the research expertise of the PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus (Coordinator),   the AdPVTech Research Group of the University of Jaén and the industrial partner Alectris Hellas IKE. 

During the meeting, the project partners had the opportunity to present the project progress,  the next steps to be implemented and their research activities in general.

The research activities of the University of Cyprus are funded through the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (ROM-PV - P2P/SOLAR/0818/0009). 

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BERLIN at the Green Mobility Conference!

Our partner, the University of Western Macedonia, presented BERLIN at the Green Mobility Conference of which was held in Kozani, Greece between the 9th and 10th of June 2022.

The participants had the chance to be informed by Dr. Georgios Christoforidis about BERLIN’s pilot activities, the online tool and the scientific results of the project. The attendees were of diverse backgrounds including academics, stakeholders, scientific community, companies, policy makers, distribution system operators and electricity providers.

Find more on the Green Mobility Conference here

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Internship Presentations at the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy!

PV Technology Lab, FOSS of the University of Cyprus welcomed its Summer Interns 2022 in June! The students delivered their first presentation at the PV Lab, FOSS describing their project and their objectives.

Interns have the opportunity to be involved in the research activities of the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy on the topics of Smart Grids, Renewable Energy, Data Analytics, Fault Detection, PV and Hydrogen Implementation, Smart Devices and Interoperable Protocols for Control and Communication, and other related topics. 

We are excited to have them with us and we look forward for the results of their final work!

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Dr George Makrides and our final year undergraduate students, Ioannis Papadopoulos and Loucas Pikolos, at the UCY Voice for a special interview!

Dr George Makrides and our final year undergraduate students Ioannis Papadopoulos and Loucas Pikolos were at the UCY Voice on the 28th of June for a special interview! 

Dr George Makrides presented the research activities of the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy. He emphasized on the hard work and good cooperation of the Researchers and the numerous awards that the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy achieved throughout the years! 

The final year undergraduate students Ioannis Papadopoulos and Loucas Pikolos, talked about winning the Best Electrical Engineering Senior Design Project of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for the academic year 2021 – 2022, , who pursued their Senior Design Project under the supervision of PV Technology Lab, on the development of an advanced real-time supervision and centralized control cloud-based system of Distributed Energy Resources in smart grids.

Loucas and Ioannis also referred to their overall experience as interns at the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus. 
 
You may find the interview here

Thank you UCY Voice for hosting us!



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SOLEX Mentors at the PV Technology Lab, FOSS and the University of Cyprus!

During the past weeks, we had the pleasure to host at the PV Lab, FOSS and UCY, our SOLEX mentors from the United States of America who visited Cyprus in the context of the Cyprus Seeds 2nd Innovation Showcase.

Mr Jonathan Green (Αrcadia Funds), Mr Paul Blackborow, (Energetiq Technology), Mr George Mabry (mentor and investor in business ventures from Harvard University, MIT and Boston), Mrs Κaren Golmer, who has many years of experience in the commercialization of academic research as a former Innovation Manager of MIT Deshpande Center and Mr Leon Sandler, Executive Director of MIT Deshpande Center, had the opportunity to visit the Learning Resource Centre and the University of Cyprus Campus whilst Professor George E. Georghiou gave them a detailed tour at the PV Lab FOSS facilities and Dr Florides showcased the experimental aspect of SOLEX.

Visitors, accompanied by SOLEX, UCY and CyprusSeeds representatives, experienced the Cypriot traditional dances from the UCY Dance Club and came in touch with the Cypriot culture and history by visiting the archaeological site of Kourion and the Cyprus Wine Museum!

Special thanks to Cyprus Seeds for the overall organization!

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Final year undergraduate students, under the supervision of the PV Lab, won the Best Electrical Engineering Senior Design Project of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for the academic year 2021 – 2022!

We are proud for our final year undergraduate students, Ioannis Papadopoulos and Loukas Pikolos who won the "Best Electrical Engineering Senior Design Project" of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for the academic year 2021 – 2022!

Ioannis and Loukas pursued their Senior Design Project under the supervision of the PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, on the development of an "Advanced real-time supervision and centralized control cloud-based system of Distributed Energy Resources in Smart Grids". 

The thesis focused on finding efficient and reliable solutions for future energy systems with high distributed generation shares. Advanced functionalities, such as real-time power quality monitoring via programmable automation controllers and cloud-based monitoring services in the context of microgrids were examined. Additionally, the work entailed the implementation of remote centralized controls for the optimal coordination between microgrids and the utility grid, enabling flexible and data-driven interactions in the generation, storage, and consumption. 

Collaboration with Gantner Instruments! 
This project was a collaboration between academia and industry as in the context of their thesis, students  had the chance to team up with the Austrian company Gantner Instruments. Gantner Instruments provided students with cutting-edge smart grid technology, as well as useful technical support. 

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Researchers of the PVLab FOSS participated in the 49th IEEE PVSC in Philadelphia, USA!

We are proud that Researchers of the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, participated in the 49th IEEE PVSC in Philadelphia, USA! Researchers delivered oral and poster presentations related to research activities of PV Lab, FOSS.

Dr. Maria Hadjipanayi, coordinator of DegradationLab project, delivered an oral presentation on research advancements of the project on “Seasonal dependence of diurnal efficiency degradation and recovery in perovskite mini-modules during outdoor testing”.
Mr Andreas Livera, Research Associate at PV Lab - FOSS, gave an oral presentation on “Intelligent cloud-based monitoring and control digital twin for photovoltaic power plants” carried out under the PV-ANALYTIC project activities. Andreas also presented a poster entitled “Performance loss rate estimation for systems affected by potential induced degradation”, related to the activities of the project ROM-PV.
Dr. Javier Lopez Lorente, Research Scientist at PV Lab - FOSS, gave a glance into the ELECTRA project results with a poster presentation titled “Impact of Daily Irradiance Profiles on Intra-Day Solar Forecasting”.

Congratulations to all our Researchers who participated in the 49th IEEE PVSC in Philadelphia, USA!

The research activities, were funded through the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (Degradation Lab - INFRASTRUCTURES/1216/0043, PV-ANALYTIC - P2P/SOLAR/0818/0012, ROM-PV - P2P/SOLAR/0818/0009, ELECTRA - INTEGRATED/0918/0071). 

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

The PV Technology Lab and FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus were granted the National Energy Globe Award Cyprus 2020 by the Honorary Ambassador of Austria to Cyprus Mrs. Dorothea Auer and the Austrian Trade Commissioner, Head of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, Mr. Christoph Sturm, for the research project “SmartPV”, titled “Smart Net Metering for Promotion and cost-efficient Grid Integration of Photovoltaic Technology”.

The Award Ceremony was held on Wednesday, 8th of June 2022, at the University of Cyprus. The Honorary Ambassador of Austria to Cyprus Mrs. Dorothea Auer and the Rector of the University of Cyprus, Professor Tasos Christofides welcomed the event.

Read more here: English  Greek

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Innovative research work in progress by the PV Technology Laboratory of the University of Cyprus on fault detection in photovoltaics by utilizing unmanned vehicles! 

The PV Technology Laboratory of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, participates in a transnational network for the implementation of a research project on fault detection in photovoltaics by utilizing unmanned vehicles (acronym: “AID4PV”).

AID4PV aims to face the main challenges of the photovoltaic (PV) industry and to provide an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform for decision-making and modular approach to support PV plant diagnostics. The decision-making capabilities will be investigated, adding the possibility to perform predefined actuations by the UAV-platform to perform remedy actions minimizing the time since an anomaly is detected and certain actions are carried out. The UAV platform will capture electroluminescent (EL), Red Green Blue (RGB) and Infrared Thermography (IRT) images that when integrated with electrical data analysis, near real-time fault detection will occur, leading to time and cost-efficient PV plant diagnosis.
 
Press Release: English   Greek
Navigate to the Project Website 


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The event on the “Transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEBs)” of the ImpAct-BiPV project was organised with great success!

On the 6th of May 2022, the ImpAct-BiPV consortium organized successfully the final event of the project, entitled “The transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEBs)”. The aim of the event was to present the results of ImpAct-BiPV project, which is coming to an end in May 2022, while at the same time inform and discuss issues around energy efficiency, photovoltaics, deep renovation and rehabilitation of buildings using innovative technologies and nZEBs related issues.

Read the Press Release here 
Find here the ImpAct-BIPV Infographic

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Summer Visit at the PV Lab from Grammar School Students!

On Tuesday, the 31st of May, we had the pleasure to have here with us at the PV Technology Lab, fifty students from the Grammar School. The purpose of the visit was educational in order for the students to acquire knowledge about PVs and energy storage solutions. The visit was scheduled by GrantXpert Consulting under the STEM project Choice. 

Book now your visit, for an interactive learning experience!
Contact us: pvtech@ucy.ac.cy  tel. +357 22892211 

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IMPACT-BiPV  Newsletter is out!

Impact-BiPV will be officially completed by the end of this month. Aiming to develop a complete glass BiPV system abiding to all building regulations to be installed in commercial buildings, this innovative project has dealt with all the challenges facing the development,
integration, and installation of a BiPV system in a demo site selected by the partnership.

Read the ImpAct-BIPV Newsletter & find out more  here 

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Presentations of the Final year undergraduate students and Welcoming of Interns!

On Friday, the 27th of May 2022, we had the thesis presentations of our final year undergraduate students! Mr Loukas Pikolos and Mr Ioannis Papadopoulos, jointly presented their project on "Advanced Real-Time Supervision and Centralized Control Cloud-based system of Distributed Energy Resources in Smart Grids. Mr Stylianos Yiasemi presented on "The Coupling of Renewable Energy Sources with Battery Storage, Hydrogen, and E-Mobility" whilst Mr Andreas Eftychiou presented on "Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Model-Based Fault Detection Algorithm Via Utilization Of I-V Curves".  Also, Mr Titos Avraamides presented on Effect of advanced smart converters on voltage regulation in the case of microgrid feeders".
Last, but not least, the student, Mr Charalambos Marios Xydas, presented his thesis project on "Real Time Simulation of a Digital Twin Using Control-Hil, Modbus Tcp/Ip And Sunspec".

Moreover, the event was an opportunity to welcome to the PV Lab-FOSS team our summer interns. Specifically, for this summer, we will have with us students not only from the University of Cyprus, but also from distinguished universities around the world, such as the Texas A&M University, the National Technical University of Athens, the University of Deusto (Spain), the University of Glasgow and The University of Edinburgh. 

We are really excited to welcoming our interns and of course, we wish to our final year undergraduate students best of luck with their future postgraduate studies and/or the beginning of their professional career! 

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Upcoming PANTERA/SUPEERA Workshop on “International research collaboration opportunities fostering EU Clean Energy transition in Cyprus!

You are cordially invited to the PANTERA/SUPEERA Workshop on “International research collaboration opportunities fostering EU Clean Energy transition in Cyprus”, aiming to enhance collaboration in R&I activities. 

The workshop will offer a detailed overview of the European policies, strategies, EU funding programmes and collaboration opportunities at the disposal of the research community of Cyprus and bringing them closer to the R&I activities of Europe and reap more benefits from their participation in the SET Plan process. Meanwhile, the invited experts and stakeholders will share their experience in the project implementation. All together we will discuss the possibility of developing a shared vision and strategy for cooperation of the R&I family of Cyprus in the upcoming research and innovation activities and work to identify our strong points and nurture solutions for building a competitive advantage.

Please join us online on the 1st of June 2022 at 9.00 – 15.30 EEST.

Kindly please register through the following link
Find the workshop agenda here

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Workshop report: International research collaboration opportunities fostering EU Clean Energy transition in Baltic States – PANTERA / SUPEERA joint workshop!

A workshop report on “International research collaboration opportunities fostering EU Clean Energy transition in Baltic States” derived from the PANTERA / SUPEERA joint workshop, held on 27th of April 2022 at Riga, Latvia.

PANTERA and SUPEERA projects jointly organized the workshop, which discussed and raised attention on gaps and barriers that limit the R&I activities in the energy sector in the Baltic countries, facilitated knowledge exchange and showcased best practices of how international networking and cooperation between national stakeholders and key international associations and organizations can be beneficial for establishing long-lasting interactions and fostering joint R&I activities.

Aleksandra Kronberga, Policy Officer at DG Energy of the European Commission, opened the workshop by setting the tone with her mission to motivate Baltic stakeholders to do even more in the area of energy transition and highlighted the importance of collaboration and dialogue between national decision makers and the Commission.

Representatives of Latvian state institutions, presented on R&I activities supporting energy transition in Latvia whilst were included interventions of experts coming from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Norway sharing their experience in international projects’ implementation, best practices and lessons learned.

FOSS Research Centre’s participating speakers, Dr. Venizelos Efthymiou and Dr. Kyriaki Psara, presented the PANTERA project activities. Specifically, Venizelos presented the PANTERA process targeting in setting up a European forum composed of different stakeholders active in the fields of smart grids, storage and local energy systems (including policy makers, industry, standardisation bodies, research and academia, European organisations, etc.), and therefore supporting energy transition. Kyriaki, along with other partners, presented EIRIE (European Interconnection for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship) platform, which is envisioned to become a reference operational point to unify European activity, incentivize further investments in smart grids and support access to exploitable results that can spark further cooperation and bridge the existing gaps. 

Read more here 

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Energy Globe Award Ceremony: Verification of FOSS for its pioneering research project, SMART-PV!

Advantage Austria, Energy Globe and FOSS are organizing the awarding Ceremony of the National Energy Globe Award Cyprus for the Verification of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus for its pioneering research project, SMART-PV!

Welcome speeches will be held by H.E. the Austrian Ambassador Ms Dorothea Auer and the Rector of the University of Cyprus, Professor Tasos C. Christofides. The Austrian Trade Commissioner and Head of the Commercial Department of the Austrian Embassy "ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA" Mr Christoph Sturm will award the prize.

When: 8 June 2022, 18.00
Where: University of Cyprus, New Campus - Room B108 (University House - Anastasios G. Leventis Building). 
It will be a great honour for us if you can join our awarding ceremony!

RSVP: Ms Anastasia Nicolaou, tel. +357 22894321,  email: nicolaou.anastasia@ucy.ac.cy 
Find the program here

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The Visit of the Assistant Director of the Halliburton Engineering Global Programs from Texas A&M University to the PV Technology Lab!

On Monday, the 23rd May 2022, we had the pleasure to host at the PV Technology Lab the Assistant Director of the Halliburton Engineering Global Programs from Texas A&M University, Ms Leslie L. Donaway.

During her visit, Ms Leslie L. Donaway, was given a tour to our facilities whilst Dr Giorgos Makrides presented the research activities of the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy.  

We truly appreciate Ms Donaway for visiting our facilities!

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Visit to the PV Lab of a team from the Royal Engineers, UK!

During the past week, we were very proud to host a group of Engineers from the Royal Engineers, UK Corps of Royal Engineers that visited the PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University Of Cyprus for an informative tour to our facilities and the University of Cyprus Library.

The team visited our site to learn more about our work and as part of their Continuing Professional Development. We express our thanks for your special interest in our research activities and we are looking forward to host more teams to our facilities!


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Cypriot Academia Innovating: Participation of SOLEX at the 1st Cyprus Seeds Event in London!

Dr Charalambos Anastassiou presented SOLEX at the Cyprus Seeds 1st event at London Science Museum, showcasing the great potential to bring to the market an innovative solution. SOLEX successful business idea is the next generation intelligent monitoring platform for the early detection of faults in Photovoltaic systems.

More here

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Presentation "Degradation Lab - Experiences and learning curves in out door monitoring of perovskite PV"!

Dr. Maria Hadjipanayi presented on "Degradation Lab - Experiences and learning curves in out door monitoring of perovskite PV" during the School of Engineering Seminar Series on 11th May 2022. 

Since solar cells tend to degrade after a specific time of operation, characterization methods are more than necessary for the failure analysis of PVcells. New and emerging technologies such as perovskites and perovskite tandems, particularly demand advanced and systematic characterization work for understanding degradation mechanisms occurring there in and subsequently contributing to improvement of their properties which can lead to their commercialization. For this purpose, we have developed a dedicated laboratory and forged key collaborations for addressing performance degradation, stability issues, and long-term reliability in perovskites-based PV in a full top-down, holistic approach.

In this seminar, we focused on one aspect of our work, namely the outdoor evaluation of such novel PV technologies. Dr Hadjipanayi presented activities of the "DegradationLab” project funded through the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation (INFRASTRUCTURES/1216/0043).

Read more here

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School Tour for awareness and education purposes took place at the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus on the 9th of May 2022! 

We recently had a secondary school visit  at the PV Technology Lab, University of Cyprus!
The aim of the school visit was related to awareness and education purposes.

Students learnt more about Renewable Energy Sources and specifically Photovoltaics!
We thank them for their visit and we hope they enjoyed the experimental part of the presentation!

Book a school visit now by sending us an email to pvtech@ucy.ac.cy or call us on +357 22892211 


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The Chairman of FOSS as a Speaker at the 1st CIGRE Conference on "Challenges and Trends in Future Power Systems"

The Chairman of the PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, Dr Venizelos Efthymiou, participated as a speaker in the kick-off conference of CIGRE Cyprus National Committee on "Challenges and Trends in Future Power Systems", hosted/sponsored by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC).

Dr Efthymiou presented on the topic of "Challenges and Needs of the Future Cypriot Power System. A fruitful discussion was followed by interesting closing remarks based on questions set out by the participants!

Find out more about CIGRE Cyprus here

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New scientific cooperation between the PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre of the University of Cyprus and the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence of the Cyprus University of Technology! 

The PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus and the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence (ECoE) of the Cyprus University of Technology, have recently agreed on the implementation of a new scientific cooperation that brings together two key academic institutions, the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus University of Technology.

Read more here: English  Greek 

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Podcast: Areti Ntaradimou talks to project coordinator Venizelos Efthymiou of PANTERA EIRIE Platform about the goals of the project and the role of diversity!

In this episode of The EU Project Zone Podcast, Areti Ntaradimou talks to project coordinator Venizelos Efthymiou of PANTERA EIRIE Platform about the goals of the project and the role of diversity.

🎧 Listen to the full podcast here 

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Visit of the Eratosthenes Centre of Excellence at the PV Technology Lab!

We are very glad to host Eratosthenes Centre of Excellence at the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, today. The Managing Director of Eratosthenes CoE, Prof. Diofantos Hadjimitsis, and members of his scientific team visited our premises for the establishment of a new collaboration!

Prof. George E. Georghiou, Head of PV Technology Lab, provided a tour of the PV Technology Lab – FOSS facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. Researchers of the PV Lab, gave a glance into our current research activities on “Data-driven diagnostics for improved photovoltaic performance” (Andreas Livera), “Advanced solar production forecasting: From day-ahead to intraday” (Spyros Theocharides), “Advanced observability in modern distribution networks for high photovoltaic electricity” (Dr. Javier López Lorente) and “Battery storage and demand response in modern electricity grids” (Prof. George E. Georghiou).

A fruitful discussion followed, focused on the development of a direct scientific collaboration between the two Research Centers in fields of common interest. The collaboration is expected to be of mutual advantage to both institutions whilst it reflects both the scientific and cultural advancement, based on a variety of modes of cooperation agreed.

It was a great pleasure having you here with us today and looking forward to a productive collaboration with ERATOSTHENES CoE!

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BERLIN 4th Newsletter is out!

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the fourth edition of the BERLIN Newsletter! "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."

In this newsletter, we present information on all the latest developments of the project pilot activities, the new smart online tool, the 2nd IUPVMED Hub meeting and many more. 

Read the Newsletter here

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Online events: The transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings!

We are pleased to invite you to the online event entitled “The transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings”.

The event is organized under the scope of the project with acronym “Impact BiPV” which is funded by the EU and our national Research Innovation Foundation, and FOSS, Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, University of Cyprus is partner.
Find the AGENDA here


Below you can also find two links for the registration and for joining the event on Teams:
Registration link  
Event link

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Vocational Training Course Completion!

We are glad that the Vocational Training Course on "PV System Designer and Installer",  offered by the PV Technology Lab of the University of Cyprus has been successfully completed within April 2022. 

Sixteen participants from companies within the spectrum of the Renewable Energy Sources field as well as unemployed individuals, had the opportunity to get hands-on experience in properly installing PV systems by following safety and health rules as well as compliance with local regulations and instructions.

You can book for the next session (commencement: November 2022) by contacting us on +357 22894321 or via email at: foss.vocationaltraining@gmail.com
More information here

We look forward to welcoming you to our facilities! 
*Limited number of places available.

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BERLIN supports and engages with local communities on the importance of adopting sustainable energy behaviours!

Ben Gurion University research team meets with Yeelim School and Nof Edom School administration in a continuous effort to promote sustainable energy behaviors.

Read the article of the visit here

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Final event of the project ImpAct-BI: “The transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEBs)”.

ImpAct-BiPV partners are delighted to announce the organization of project’s final event entitled: “The transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEBs)”.
Date: 06 May 2022, 10:00 – 12:30

Registrations here
Read the Press Release (gr) here

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DRIMPAC project is now approaching its final phase!

DRIMPAC project is now approaching its final phase, with the practical demonstration under way in our four pilot sites in Cyprus, France, Germany and Spain.
Project partner e7 is currently collecting data from all pilots to finalize the validation method for the business models we have been testing in DRIMPAC.

What are the economic limits of Demand Response in our pilots? Could it be a business model for DSO congestion management?

If you are curious about that, stay tuned to learn more about our latest results!

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Register to the hybrid PANTERA/SUPEERA Joint Workshop!

PANTERA EIRIE Platform and SUPEERA are joining forces with the objective to enhance collaboration in R&I activities in Baltic States, facilitate knowledge, exchange and showcase best practices of how international networking and cooperation between national stakeholders and key international associations and organizations can be beneficial for establishing long-lasting interactions and fostering joint R&I activities.

Date: 27 April 2022 - Time: 09:00 – 17:00 EEST
Location: Hybrid format: participants will be able to join online (connection link will be communicated shortly) as well as physically at the AC Hotel by Marriott, Dzirnavu iela 33 in Riga, Latvia.

- More information here
- Registration here

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Great news: CORDIS, the primary source of results from EU-funded projects, has published a News Article on eNeuron project!

Great news! CORDIS, the primary source of results from EU-funded projects, has published a News Article on eNeuron project entitled “greEN Energy hUbs for local integRated energy cOmmunities optimisatioN" in which PV Lab of FOSS Research Centre of the University of Cyprus participates.

Under the title “Europe’s local energy community landscape: It’s complicated, say researchers”, the CORDIS article makes an extensive reference to eNeuron’s report that analyses how current regulations and policies in force affect local multi-vector energy systems in Europe, delivered under the activities of “Limitations and shortcomings for optimal use of local resources - Preliminary scoping of the study based on the Pan-European de-carbonisation targets, regulatory acts and roadmaps”.

The article examines the uncertainty and lack of regulation that governs the energy sector, as according to the eNeuron report, Europe will have to take several radical steps along the energy transition path, in order to meet its energy sector decarbonization goals. It concludes by highlighting the need for a holistic approach with dedicated and tailorable optimisation tools, which allow evaluating several decarbonization technologies.

Access the CORDIS article here and learn more about the eNeuron report findings here. 

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The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan includes Education, training and life-long learning!

The EDDIE Consortium summarized in a policy brief the Education, Training and Life-long Learning principle of the EU strategy "The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan", directly related to EDDIE project scope and activities.

The principle highlights that everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning in order to maintain and acquire skills that enable them to participate fully in society and manage successfully transitions in the labour market. Coordination and solidarity will be needed also in the years ahead to bounce forward towards a greener and more digital decade in which Europeans can thrive. 

Read the full article here

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Our Post-doctoral Researcher Javier López Lorente, co-author of the The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Smart Grid article!

Congratulations to our Post-doctoral Researcher Javier López Lorente co-author of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Smart Grid article on 'Effective identification of distributed energy resources using smart meter net-demand data', featured in Issue 2, 2022 Journal‼️

Explore the full article here 

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DRIMPAC Sixth Newsletter! 

DRIMPAC sixth newsletter is out! These newsletters are brought out to keep you informed on the latest developments of DRIMPAC project.

Check it out here
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New cooperation with the Eratosthenes Centre-of Excellence!


We are glad to announce that the PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus  and the Eratosthenes Centre of Excellence of the Cyprus University of Technology (ECoE), have recently agreed on the implementation of a new cultural and scientific cooperation in fields of common interest! 

An online meeting was held on the 4th of April 2022 for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. 


More information on this to follow.

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The European project eNeuron has mapped today's local energy community (LEC) landscape, analysing the regulations and policies in force across Europe. 

Local Energy Communities play a key role in the energy transition by increasing resource efficiency and integrating locally produced clean energy. eNeuron's report maps today's LEC landscape, analyzing the regulations & policies across EU.

LECs stand to play a key role in the energy transition. They can foster prosumerism, increase resource efficiency and integrate locally produced clean energy. However, LECs operate in a broader context that appears complicated. This is the view of Andrei Morch, from SINTEF Energy Research (Norway), who headed a report on regulation and policy relating to local multi-vector energy systems for the eNeuron project:
 
More information here 

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 PANTERA EIRIE in the Spring 2022 edition of European Energy Innovation magazine!

Read about “EIRIE Innovating in European Energy Ecosystem” in the Spring 2022 edition of the European Energy Innovation (EEI) magazine!

EIRIE is a platform being developed within the Horizon 2020 PANTERA Project, which FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy coordinates. EIRIE aims to bridge the existing gaps in the energy field between Member States of EU, by bringing in a single point of access, the attractiveness of successful partnerships and knowledge being national, regional or European. It is about an interactive multi-functional and collaborative platform, aiming towards strengthening the participation of all Member States.

EIRIE is the connection of Europe’s Stakeholders in Energy, through which they are given the opportunity to interact and exchange information each other on a regular basis whilst a European forum is set up, comprising of Research and Innovation stakeholders active in the fields of Smart Grids, Storage and Local Energy Systems including policy makers, standardization bodies and experts in both research and academia, representing the EU energy system.

Download the EEI magazine Spring 2022 edition & Discover More about EIRIE platform and PANTERA H2020 Project!

 

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PV Technology Lab team meeting and presentations of final year undergraduate students

On Wednesday, 18th of March 2022, we had our team meeting during which we had the pleasure to host our undergraduate students who presented their research work done regarding their thesis projects.

The presentations were followed by a fruitful discussion between the Researchers of the PV Technology Lab - FOSS and the final year undergraduate students.  



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Apply for the PV Technology Lab Summer Internship Programme 2022! 

The PV Technology Laboratory, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, is pleased to announce its Summer Internship Programme (2022)
for undergraduate students.

Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in the research activities of the PV Technology Lab, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy on the topics of Smart Grids, Renewable Energy, Data Analytics, Fault Detection, PV and Hydrogen Implementation, Smart Devices and Interoperable Protocols for Control and Communication, and other related topics. 

More information and application procedure can be found  here

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Hybuild, Grand opening of the Modern Technologies Exhibition Center for Sustainable Development. 

You are cordially invited to the grand opening of the "Modern Technologies Exhibition Center for Sustainable Development".
The event will take place on Tuesday, 29 March 2022 at 18:00 at the Old Aglantzia Square (Kyriakou Karaoli 4). 

Find the agenda here

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Join us for the concluding thematic workshop of project TImPANI! 

The concluding thematic workshop of project TImPANI that received funding from the Europeans Union's Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under agreement No. 810686. The workshop will showcase research results from the University of Cyprus Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wiseenschaften-ISAS-e.V, Germany (ISAS) and University of Jaén (UJA), Spain. The focus will be in analytical chemistry and biological applications of atmospheric pressure plasmas.

When: 23 March 2022 at 10.00 - 16.30
Where: University of Cyprus, Room LRC012 (University Library), New Campus in Aglangia 
Organized by the University of Cyprus (UCY), Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wiseenschaften-ISAS-e.V, Germany (ISAS) and University of Jaén (UJA), Spain.

You can find the workshop agenda here

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Erigirid 2.0 Newsletter is out!

In this issue you can find the following information: 
- Register for Workshops "Design and Operation of Digitalised Sector-Coupled Energy Systems" and 1st International Workshop "Open Source Modelling and Simulation of Energy Systems": In the upcoming months ERIGrid 2.0 will be participating in two workshops, which are highly relevant to the project activities. Both events are supported from the project side. You are kindly invited to join, the number of vacant registerations is limited.

- 5th Lab Access Call Open: Apply by 30th of April 2022: Up until 30 April 2022 ERIGrid 2.0 welcomes applications for research stays and remote lab access to ERIGrid 2.0 testing facilities within the frame of the 5th Lab Access call.

- New Open Access Tools: ERIGrid 2.0 recently extended its set of open access educational resources. All tools are presented on the corresponding Education page according to the topics of co-simulation, real-time simulation, modern power system validation, remote / ICT labs, microgrids and DERs.

Read more here

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BERLIN’s smart online tool for integrated energy systems in buildings is here!

EDDIE asked the industry about the major challenges they face towards the digital transformation of the energy sector. The main technical challenges are related to technology integration, lack of adequate skills from employees and data management.

Read more here

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eNeuron newsletter is coming soon!

Optimising the design and operation of local energy communities based on multi-carrier energy systems.

eNeuron draws on a multidisciplinary team from Cyprus, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Spain. The team will work closely with other EU-funded projects via the EU's BRIDGE initiative.

Sign up here, so you don't miss any updates about eNeuron local energy communities!


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BERLIN’s smart online tool for integrated energy systems in buildings is here!

BERLIN project aims to implement cross-border pilot measures to support innovative and cost-effective energy rehabilitations in public buildings based on the nano-grid concept, the building block for smart micro-grids. The project focuses on increasing grid penetration, combined with energy storage and demand-side management, along with enhancement of energy efficiency in buildings. The goal is to increase the level of self-resilience in public buildings and to make them greener, smarter, and sustainable.

In this framework, our partners at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece developed an online tool which aims to promote self-sufficiency in buildings with flexible loads, by properly sizing the photovoltaic and battery storage systems to be installed in a building and providing an efficient schedule for the flexible loads.

Read more here

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Our participation in a Peer Parliament in Cyprus under the EU Climate Pact Initiative!

Thanking the Oxygen Organisation and Europe Direct Nicosia for the initiative to host a Peer Parliament under the EU Climate Pact initiative!

We had a great chance to interact together with the Cyprus Energy Agency and express opinions and concerns about climate change, “How we move and get around”!

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EDDIE Newsletter is out!

EDDIE Newsletter [October -November- December 2021] is now out! 
Newsletter #8 is summing up relevant events, recent developments, policy-briefs topic and consortium contributions. 

Read the EDDIE Newsletter here 

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PV Lab Researchers visited the Control Room of Alectris Cyprus!

We are very grateful to Alectris Cyprus for giving our researchers the opportunity to visit the Alectris Control Monitoring center. Our researchers had the opportunity to share knowledge, exchange views and ideas during a fruitful meeting with the Alectris team (that was held on February 8th, 2022) whilst they learnt how ACTIS ERP, Alectris’ monitoring and asset management platform works and helps Alectris in managing and operating its global portfolio from the control center.

Alectris is a global service provider for the integrated care of renewable energy assets, offering real-time monitoring of PV plants, operation and maintenance and asset management through their unique ACTIS Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform.
We would like to express our deepest thanks to Alectris for their hospitality!

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PLASMA-TReatS-TUMORS: Read our new article on: "Interrogating an in silico model to determine helium plasma jet and chemotherapy efficacy against B16F10 melanoma cells".

Check out our new article that has been published in Applied Physics Letters in the frame of the PLASMA-TReatS-TUMORS project, entitled: ""Interrogating an in silico model to determine helium plasma jet and chemotherapy efficacy against B16F10 melanoma cells".

We developed an in silico approach to model B16F10 melanoma cell response to a helium atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) or/and doxorubicin drug (DOX). The in silico model is informed by relevant data from previously published in vitro experiments (cancer cell viability), providing detailed information on (i) cell population number (Ncell) development during incubation and (ii) probability values for apoptosis (%PApoptosis) and mitosis (%PMitosis) following cell subjection to the plasma-conditioned RPMI-1640 medium (PC-RPMI), DOX, and DOX combined with APPJ. When treating cancer cells with PC-RPMI and DOX separately, at the smallest plasma duration (dPlasma = 15 s) and DOX concentration (cDOX = 0.05 μM), only a small decline in Ncell, an increase in %PApoptosis, or/and a decrease in %PMitosis are measured with respect to the control conditions (non-treated cancer cells). 

Read more here

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Our participation at the Pan-European Clean Energy Transition: ways to strengthen transnational cooperation" workshop!

On the 19th of January 2022, PANTERA coordinator Dr Venizelos Efthymiou, presented the EIRIE platform at the "Pan-European Clean Energy Transition: ways to strengthen transnational cooperation" workshop.
More information here 

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PANTERA Project: EIRIE platform in the news!

We were delighted to be present and to have the opportunity to show you the EIRIE platform at the Enlit Europe physical event last December in Milan.

Did you miss the event? Have a look at our project coordinator Venizelos Efthymiou explaining what the EIRIE platform is and what it stands for.

The EIRIE platform

Watch the video here

All other EU projects presentations here 

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PANTERA Project: EIRIE platform in the news!

EIRIE (European Interconnection for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship) has the ambition of creating an interactive meeting point for all European energy system actors that contribute to achieving a carbon-free system by 2050.
 
More information here 

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Another Vocational Training Course on PV System Designer and Installer has come to an end!

Another Vocational Training Course on "PV System Designer and Installer" was hosted with great success by the PV Technology Lab of the University of Cyprus. Sixteen participants had the opportunity to get hands-on experience in properly installing PV systems by following safety and health rules as well as compliance with local regulations and instructions. 
It was a pleasure having them here with us! 

With the completion of the training program trainees are now able to:
• Have the knowledge and skills required to properly design small-scale PV systems following the rules of good practice.
• Conduct proper site assessment and system design following quality assurance methods.
• 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.

You can book for the next session of vocational training courses by contacting us on +357 22894321 or via email at: foss.vocationaltraining@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you to our facilities!

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TImPANI talk at the 5th STARSS Conference on Separation Science: "The use of controlled atmosphere flexible microtube plasma ionization source for the determination of small molecules by GC-MS in the field of clinical and food analysis". 

TImPANI member Dr David Moreno Gonzalez from the University of Jaen in Spain, presented joint research from TImPANI at an international conference. The talk titled "The use of controlled atmosphere flexible microtube plasma ionization source for the determination of small molecules by GC-MS in the field of clinical and food analysis" was given on December 2, 2021 at the 5th STARSS Conference on Separation Science in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic.

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BERLIN project!

The University Of Cyprus, lead Partner of BERLIN project, offers the opportunity to all interested tenderers for the supply and installation of a smart nanogrid to visit the PV-Lab, where the smart nanogrid will be installed.
When?
👉 ᴡᴇᴅɴᴇꜱᴅᴀʏ, 22 ᴅᴇᴄᴇᴍʙᴇʀ 2021 ᴀᴛ 11:30-12:30 (ᴄʏᴘʀᴜꜱ ᴛɪᴍᴇ),
👉 ᴛᴜᴇꜱᴅᴀʏ, 11 ᴊᴀɴᴜᴀʀʏ 2022 ᴀᴛ 11:30-12:30 (ᴄʏᴘʀᴜꜱ ᴛɪᴍᴇ).
Don’t miss the chance to visit and submit your offer on time before the 𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮, 𝟭𝟮:𝟬𝟬.
More info here

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DRIMPAC project: Latest dissemination developments!

Since the last three months, we perform the installation and commissioning process at the DRIMPAC residential zones.

The entrusted external electrician has arranged appointments with the participants locally in their buildings. In parallel, we have started to prepare the commissioning process at the SWT office, to avoid mistakes locally in the buildings and to speed up the process. After receiving all dates for the appointments, one of our SWT DRIMPAC team members and the external electrician drove to the participants buildings, which are distributed in the whole region of Trier (around 500,000 inhabitants)...

Read the latest dissemination developments of DRIMPAC project here

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Webinar: "Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas In Analytical Chemistry and Surface Modification" - December 9th, 10:00-13:00 CET

The Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences from Dortmund Germany is organizing the webinar as part of the project TImPANI that received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the grant agreement 810686. The webinar will cover topics in analytical chemistry conducted by Leibiniz and surface modification by the institute of chemical technology, India. 

When:  December 9, 10:00-13:00 CET
Find the webinar agenda here
Webinar link


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PANTERA takes part in the Enlit Europe physical event!

The new press release of ESPRESSO project is out!

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), CHOSE – University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, 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

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Tender Announcement: BERLIN project, University of Cyprus!

The University Of Cyprus, Lead Partner of BERLIN project, has announced a new tender for the supply and installation of a smart nanogrid! 

The deadline for submitting offers is Tuesday,18th of January 2022 at 12:00.

You can find more information here

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PV Lab annual team meeting: Research work done in 2021 & research-related topics discussion.

On 3 December 2021, during the PV Lab annual team meeting, researchers of the PV Technology Laboratory of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, had the opportunity to be involved in a fruitful discussion on research work done in 2021 and on research related topics!

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PANTERA team at Enlit Europe event in Milan!

We are happy that PANTERA took part in the Enlit Europe physical event that took place in Milan on 30 November - 2 December 2021!

PANTERA team participated at Enlit Europe in the EU project zone Stand 12.EU13 and visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the EIRIE platform and how we are planning to bring in one place the research and innovation community in the energy field in Europe! 


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JAUNTY E1: Transnational Workshop on SEMS and Smart Grids! 

JAUNTY E1 Transnational Workshop on SEMS and Smart Grids, is successfully set up, including 3 keynote talks, 3 discussion topics, and 9 panellists from 7 countries.  

Find the agenda here
Please register here

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MOST Final Event: The Smart Grid as Digital Superhero leading the Energy Transition | 13 December, 14pm - 16pm

The current electricity grid has evolved over 100 years. It has served the economy and society brilliantly but is not sustainable for modern times due to its one-way architecture from the power plant to the consumer. Smart Grids offer a bi-directional way of exchange of electricity and information between sources and consumers, and the devices they power, adding flexibility as a result. They are digital, foster renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and electrification of end-users. Moreover, they enable the decentralized operation of energy systems that is crucial to efficiently manage renewable energy sources.

To unleash all the benefits smart grids can offer, well-skilled experts must be trained. The European project MOST lies in the center of energy transition equipping tomorrow’s experts with competencies crucial for the next step towards clean energy.

The MOST Consortium invites you to join our Closing Event on 13 December 2021, from 14:00 to 16.00 (CET). The event will mark the end of the MOST project and look back on its results. Sessions will include:

• A visionary keynote speech looking at the future of Smart Grid Technologies
• Virtual tours to the Smart Grid laboratories of three top universities
• A panel discussion on the role of the future Smart Grid professionals in the energy transition, featuring international energy experts

Register here 

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Educational Visit at the PV Technology Lab, organized by the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Service of the University of Cyprus!

On the 24th of November 2021, students from various schools across Cyprus visited the PV Technology Lab of the University of Cyprus, in the context of the Reception Programme for Secondary Education Students, organized by the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Service of the University of Cyprus.

The students had the opportunity to be informed on the undergraduate programmes of study offered by the University of Cyprus, in order to make it easier for them to make up their mind on their professional field choice of study and career path decision! 
It was indeed a pleasure having them here with us! 

You can book an Educational Group Visit by contacting us on +357 22892211 or by email at pvtech@ucy.ac.cy
We look forward to welcoming your educational group to our facilities!

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Pascal English School at the PV Technology Lab, University of Cyprus!

On the 23rd of November 2021, students of the Environmental Club of Pascal English School visited the PV Technology Lab of the University of Cyprus and had the opportunity to learn more from our educational and research staff about photovoltaics, battery energy storage and smart cities.  It was a pleasure having them here with us! 

You can book an Educational Group Visit by contacting us on +357 22892211 or by email at pvtech@ucy.ac.cy 
We look forward to welcoming your educational group to our facilities!

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Visit the PANTERA virtual booth at the 15th SET Plan conference!

PANTERA is exhibiting virtually at the 15th SET Plan conference, taking place on 25-26 November 2021! The 15th Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) conference will be a hybrid event, combining a “virtual event” and an “in person event” in Bled, Slovenia.

The PANTERA project will be presented in the dedicated webpage on the conference website, as well as in a virtual booth on the Confiva platform, which will enable interactions between the participants. 

The aim of this year’s SET Plan Conference is to contribute to current debates on climate and energy policies, as well as the Member States’ recovery and resilience investments and reforms for addressing the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst ensuring that their economies undertake the green and digital transitions, becoming more sustainable and resilient.

Register here

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TImPANI training on atmospheric pressure plasma applications on mass spectrometry at the University of Jaen in Spain.

The University of Cyprus team along with scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences from Germany participated in an intense week long training (16-20/11/2021) on atmospheric pressure plasma applications on mass spectrometry at the University of Jaen in Spain. The training is part of the project TImPANI that received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the grant agreement 810686. The training offered the participants hands-on experience in operating mass spectrometry equipment, and experience on the different parameters affecting both desorption and ionization steps in direct mass spectrometry methods.


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Νew leaflet and poster for the DRIMPAC project! 

Great news! New leaflet and poster for the DRIMPAC project. You can download it below:

DRIMPAC leaflet
DRIMPAC poster

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SAVE THE DATE! MOST Webinar: The Smart Grid as Digital Superhero leading the Energy Transition on 13 December 2021, from 14:00 to 16.00 (CET)!

The current electricity grid has evolved over 100 years. It has served the economy and society brilliantly but is not sustainable for modern times due to its one-way architecture from the power plant to the consumer. Smart Grids offer a bi-directional way of exchange of electricity and information between sources and consumers, and the devices they power, adding flexibility as a result. They are digital, foster renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and electrification of end-users. Moreover, they enable the decentralized operation of energy systems that is crucial to efficiently manage renewable energy sources.

To unleash all the benefits smart grids can offer, well-skilled experts must be trained. The MOST project lies in the center of energy transition – the highly innovative master course is designed to equip tomorrow’s experts with competencies crucial for the next step towards clean energy.

The MOST Consortium invites you to save the date – book your calendars now to join our Closing Event on 13 December 2021, from 14:00 to 16.00 (CET). The conference will mark the end of the MOST project and look back on its results. Sessions will include:

- A visionary keynote speech looking at the future of Smart Grid Technologies
- Virtual tours to the laboratories of three top universities
- A panel discussion on the role of the future Smart Grid professionals in the energy transition, featuring international energy experts

A full agenda of the event will be available soon. Don’t forget to follow the hashtag #MOST_EU on Twitter and LinkedIn, and subscribe to MOST newsletter!

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PANTERA takes part in the Enlit Europe physical event!

We are happy to announce that in addition to being present in Enlit Europe's digital EU project zone, PANTERA will also take part in the Enlit Europe physical event.

When: 30 November - 2 December 2021
Where: Milan, Italy
Come and meet us on Stand 12.EU13 to interact with project partners and learn more about PANTERA’s recent activities and achievements, such as the EIRIE platform.
More information here 

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Organizational Innovation: Theory, Practice, and Policy» symposium by Cyprus Seeds!

Join Cyprus Seeds this Friday at the «Organizational Innovation: Theory, Practice, and Policy» symposium in Limassol. Cyprus Seeds Managing Director, Maria Markidou Georgiadou, will talk about the innovation practice, while the event aims to provide an overview of research, actions, and prospects that are shaped for organizational innovation in Cyprus.
When: Friday, 19 November 2021@17:00 - 21:00
Where: Amphitheater 1, Tassos Papadopoulos Building, Cyprus University of Technology, Themidos and Ifigenias Corner Limassol
Register here

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DRIMPAC fifth newsletter is out now!

These newsletters are brought out to keep you informed on the latest developments of DRIMPAC project, including interviews, upcoming events, project progress and achievements, information on the project partners and other related news.
More here

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Lecture by Dr. Kristaq Gazeli on  Cold Atmospheric Plasmas and "PLASMA-TReatS-TUMORS” project!

Dr. Kristaq Gazeli, Post-doctoral Research Fellow of the “PLASMA-TReatS-TUMORS” project, delivered a lecture in the course of the Seminar for post-graduate students of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Cyprus, on Wednesday 3rd of November 2021.
Kristaq presented an overview of the properties, characterization methods and biomedical applications of Cold Atmospheric Plasmas (CAPs) and some of the exciting results of the project on Plasma Transport of Reactive Species on Tumors.

This work is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation in the framework of the project “PLASMA-TReatS-TUMORS” with protocol number: OPPORTUNITY/0916/MSCA/0023. 

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Professor George E. Georghiou at RIK1 for the Life Programme!

Prof. George E. Georghiou was invited as a speaker for the Life Programme at RIK1!
He referred to the successful implementation of the project titled “Smart net metering for promotion and cost-efficient grid-integration of PV technology in Cyprus” with the Acronym Smart-PV, which was co-financed by the EU through the LIFE+ Programme. Prof. Georghiou underlined the importance of After-Life as the results of the programme will help proceed further and make reality the energy transition!

Watch the video here
 

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Check out the new video of the project MOST!

We are happy to present the new video of the project MOST, about Smart Grids and the NEW  Master's course in the making!
Watch the video here!

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SMARTER-PV Online Workshop:"Ensuring an optimum and reliable photovoltaic performance" !

The SMARTER-PV Online Workshop on "Ensuring an optimum and reliable photovoltaic performance", was completed with great success with participants from academia and industry. During the workshop, insights and results of the SMARTER-PV project in diagnosis of failures and trend-based performance losses in PV systems were presented and the developed solution with data analytic functionalities was demonstrated.

We would like to express our thanks to all attendees for their active participation and fruitful discussion on how to integrate the SMARTER-PV solution into operating PV systems.

The SMARTER-PV project (BILATERAL/ISRAEL/0518/0017) was funded by Innovation Authority (IIA) in Israel and the Research & Innovation Foundation (RIF) in Cyprus.

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The Minister of Transport, Communications and Work visited the PV Technology Lab!

The Minister of Transport, Communications and Work visited the PV Technology Lab on 22 Oct 2021 in the context of the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Work and the University of Cyprus.

The Ministry and the PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre of the University of Cyprus, are working towards the installation of photovoltaics in the motorways which will also operate as sound curtains.

More here 

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Vocational Training Course on PV System Designer and Installer!

The PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy organizes for another semester the course "PV System Designer and Installer".

The course provides the necessary theoretical and practical background for the design and installation of small-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems thereby meeting the great need of businesses for specialized services in the field of grid-connected photovoltaic systems. More specifically, the program is needed for businesses aiming to acquire professional training skills in the design and installation of solar photovoltaic systems, in order to use the skills acquired to attract new customers and lay the foundations for their future jobs in this rapidly expanding sector. 

Candidates will have the opportunity to operate professional state-of-the-art equipment (located only in a few places globally) and to be trained by worldwide renowned personnel. Participants upon completion, can register to the registry of the Ministry of Energy.

Upon completion of the training program trainees will be able to:

• Have the knowledge and skills required to properly design small-scale PV systems following the rules of good practice.

• 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.

To register for this course, please contact us by email: foss.vocationaltraining@gmail.com or call us on +357 22893212. 

To be eligible to apply for the HRDA subsidy you need to meet the following criteria:

- You are working as employee (full time) under a company that is registered in the Registrar of Companies in Cyprus. 
- Both yourself and your company submit the relevant contributions to the Social Insurance and Industrial Training Scheme.
- Your participation is invoiced to and paid by the company. 
- You attend at least 75% of the course's duration. 
- You meet the participant profile of the programme. 
- Your company submits the respective HRDA application to PV Technology Lab, University of Cyprus. 

The course is also open to unemployed.

Start Date: 15/11/2021
End Date: 29/12/2021
Duration: 40 hrs
Training Language: Greek
Venue: University of Cyprus & Online (Webinar via ZOOM platform)
Cost : HRDA Eligible: €120 / Non-HRDA Eligible: €600/ Unemployed: Free 
Trainers: Dr Giorgos Makrides, Dr Venizelos Efthymiou, Nikolas Chatzigeorgiou
Contact Information:
email: foss.vocationaltraining@gmail.com
tel: +357 22893212 / +357 22892211

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Eddie Project Newsletter no.7 – July, August, September 2021!

EDDIE is a four-year 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.

Read the 7th Newsletter of the Project here

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PANTERA project, coordinated by the PV Technology Lab of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, is one of the hosts of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2021 Networking Village!

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is Europe’s biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use. Organized by the European Commission, it will take place online from 25-29 October 2021 under the theme ‘Towards 2030: Reshaping Europe’s Energy System’. Do not miss the opportunity to follow a high-level Policy Conference, discover the winners of the EUSEW Awards, attend 40 TED-like Energy Talks and build connections through the EUSEW Networking Village.

Visit the PANTERA project and the developed EIRIE Platform in the EUSEW virtual Energy Fair.
We will be waiting for you at our virtual stand to inform you about the project’s latest news.
Join us and engage in fruitful energy talks with the project partners!

Register here EU Sustainable Energy Week and connect with us!

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Mr Spyros Theocharides, Researcher at the PV Technology Lab, secured a position as the Best Poster Award Finalists at the 48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist (PVSC) Virtual PVSC48!

Mr Spyros Theocharides, Researcher at the PV Technology Lab of the University of Cyprus secured a position as the Best Poster Award Finalists at the 48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist (PVSC) Virtual PVSC48!

The presented work named "The Impact of Data Quality on Day-ahead Photovoltaic Power Production Forecasting", provided a comparative performance evaluation of different data-driven day-ahead forecasting models that were trained with high- and low-quality data to stress the importance of high-quality data for the day-ahead PV production forecasting.

More information can be found at the conference’s website 

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Read the new Policy Brief of the Erasmus+ funded #EDDIE Energy Digitalization Edu Erasmus+ project, in which PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy participates!

The EDDIE project will join the European Commission #PactforSkills with the aim of creating a proper tool and framework for upskilling and reskilling of people in the #energysector.
Our project will highlight the important role of all the actors in identifying skill needs and supporting development of relevant skills in the paradigm of #digitalization of the energy sector.

More here: https://bit.ly/3AJUl6s 

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Cyprus Seeds research team, Solex, featured in the Gold Magazine September 2021 issue as the month's startup!
"Detecting faults in photovoltaic systems at an early stage saves both money and energy", says Michalis Florides founder of Solex, a spinout company born in the laboratories of the FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2YQveBM 

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Cyprus Seeds - "More than just Sun & Sea"!

The first video, of a series to follow, gives a taste of the progress made by the Cyprus Seeds Program and of two of the twelve participating teams, amongst which is Solex, FOSS new start-up! 

Access the video here 



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Vocational Training Course on PV System Designer and Installer completed with great success!

The PV Technology Lab organized once again the vocational training course on PV System Designer and Installer with great success!  Candidates had the opportunity to operate professional state-of-the-art equipment located only in a few places globally and to be trained by worldwide renowned personnel!  All participants  can now register to the Registry of the Ministry of Energy after their success in the practical and theoretical exam.

Register for the next course on "PV System Designer and Installer" within 2021 and gain invaluable knowledge and expertise!
For more information: +357 22892211  email: foss.vocationaltraining@gmail.com

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Students want a #CLEANMED for their future!  

Students want a #CLEANMED for their future! Listen to the voices of Aicha from Tunisia, Matteo from Italy, Sobhia from Palaistine and Marios from Cyprus! 

✅Join us on 1st June 2021 from 3-6 pm CET at the #EUGreenWeek
🔗Register now!

Watch the full video here

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Opportunity to work with the PV Technology Laboratory of the University of Cyprus during the summer period and/or on a long-term basis!

On the occasion of the abatement of the COVID-19 measures in Cyprus, FOSS laboratories provide the opportunity to anyone interested in working with us this summer and/or on a long-term basis, for the acquisition of work experience in the fields of renewable energy sources and electromagnetic fields (such as 5G technologies).

For further information, please contact: foss.vacancies@gmail.com

We are always at your disposal for any information you might need.



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New actions and new activities for Dissemination and Exploitation were discussed during WP7 meeting of EDDIE Project, #11th. 

New strategies, relevant actions for social media, interesting events and conferences, interviews, blogs, position papers are only some of the main points highlighted by our partner in charge, Romanian Energy Center (CRE).

More info can be found on the project's website

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What makes the MOST Master Course Unique?

MOST EU Master Course will be available next year in the University of Cagliari, the University of Cyprus, and the University of Western Macedonia. Susanna Mocci, one of the coordinators of the MOST project, explains what makes the course unique!

"MOST Master Course uses advanced digital technologies to give students a balanced mix of practical and theoretical experiences in an exciting international environment, rich in industry and academic connections". 

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Video interview about OEB Innovation Award 2020 to InBusinessNews!

Spyros Theocharides, Special Scientist of the PV Technology Laboratory, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, speaks on behalf of the research team to InBusinessNews. Spyros describes the innovative artificial intelligent (AI) powered PV generation day- and hour-ahead forecasting system for which the research team was granted the “Cyprus Innovation Award for the Public Sector” at the 14th OEB Innovation Award 2020, the benefits gained through this distinction and the importance of such competitions in Cyprus.

Video Interview here
Access the InBusinessNews article here

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New Project PLASMA-TReatS-TUMORS Launched!

The implementation of a new project with acronym “PLASMA-TReatS-TUMORS” and entitled “Plasma Transport of Reactive Species on Tumors” is a fact. The project is funded by the Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) with €150.000 (RESTART 2016-2020 Programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation, Horizon 2020 – 2nd Opportunity, Protocol Number: OPPORTUNITY/0916/MSCA/0023).

The aim of the intersectoral project “PLASMA-TReatS-TUMORS” is to shine a light in key open questions of cancer medicine field benefiting significantly from knowledge transfer between expert researchers in physical, electrical and mechanical engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences.

Read the Press Release here: English   Greek

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The 3rd edition of BERLIN newsletter is out! 

Get informed about the installation of weather equipment in Israel and the start of monitoring phase of the energy consumption in Italy!
https://bit.ly/3vQisP1

Read the Newsletter here

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Timpani Project: Workshop on Plasma Science and Applications succesfully hosted by the University of Cyprus on April 27-28, 2021!

This two-day online thematic workshop and networking event was specifically geared towards the Cypriot research and scientific community with the ultimate purpose of strengthening its research and networking capacity. The workshop was completed with great success on April 28, 2021, featuring a total of fourteen lectures from internationally renowned experts from France, Germany, Spain, Cyprus, Switzerland, Australia, Mexico, USA and Canada. 

Read the full Press Release here

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DRIMPAC fourth newsletter!

These newsletters are brought out to keep you informed on the latest developments of DRIMPAC project, including interviews, upcoming events, project progress and achievements, information on the project partners and other related news.This issue is coming out towards the end of the third year of the project; it gives you an overview of the status of DRIMPAC and of the actions undertaken by DRIMPAC partners. These newsletters are published two times per year.

DRIMPAC is a four-year project, started in September 2018, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

More here

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Eddie Project Newsletter no.5 – January, February, March 2021!

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 longdriven 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.

Read the 5th Newsletter of the project here 

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Plasma science and applications workshop: April 27-28, 2021

We are very pleased to announce our online workshop on plasma science and applications on April 27 & 28, 2021! 

We have invited internationally renowned speakers to share and discuss their research. No pre-registration is needed, you can attend through the links in the announcement.
*Certificates of participation will be issued to those requesting them.

More here

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PANTERA project will be presented at IERC - International Energy Research Centre's annual conference “Post-Pandemic Charge Towards our 2030 Targets” on 28 April 2021

Shafiuzzaman K Khadem (IERC, PANTERA partner) will present highlights of IERC’s research and activities related to the topic day 2: “Reimagining the role of the energy market in the transition to Net Zero”, as well as #PANTERA activities and the EIRIE platform.

Andrew Keane (University College Dublin, PANTERA partner) will be leading the panel session and PANTERA project coordinator Venizelos Efthymiou (PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy) will be joining as a panellist.

📅 27-29 April 2021

More information here

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EDDIE at the 2021 IEEE INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON SMART GRID FOR SMART CITIES

Discover the “Smart Grid Innovation Accelerator” SGIA (Smart Grids Innovation Accelerator) platform! Promoting the transition to a cleaner energy system is a goal shared by many international initiatives, such as "Mission Innovation" on a global level and PANTERA with EIRIE (European Interconnection for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship) on a EU scale.

More here

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H2020 FLEXGRID project: Promo Video! 

H2020 FLEXGRID’s vision is to bridge the gap between reliable grid operation and flexibility market efficiency by developing advanced mathematical models and algorithms that enable a two-way cooperation: Market-aware distribution grid operation and Network-aware market operation.

The idea is simple: to build an online flexibility marketplace where flexibility buyers can easily buy services from flexibility suppliers!
 
Read more & watch the video here
FLEXGRID project website

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The PV4-Life workshop was completed with great success!

The PV4-Life workshop on "Early and reliable detection of degradation and failures in Photovoltaics for improved lifetime output (PV-4LIFE)",  was completed with great success with participants (researchers, data analysts, policy-makers) from the academia and industry, highlighting the importance of the research work in the PV performance and reliability fields. 

We would like to express our thanks to all attendees for their active participation and frutiful discussion to this workshop and their deep interest for the workshop's subject. We look forward to a future collaboration with all of you!

*The  funding agency for the PV4-Life project is the University of Cyprus
Learn more about the PV4-Life project in the project's website

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Film by the Department of Environment on the LIFE Programme and the SMART-PV project!

Special thanks to the Department of Environment for the making of a video on LIFE Programme and the reference to our research project SMART-PV, one of the most succesful LIFE programmes in Cyprus!

The Department of Environment is responsible for supporting the LIFE projects, during the funding but also after the completion of the project. Because LIFE Programmes, simply do not end with the end of the funding, but they continue with important activities After LIFE! 

Watch the video here

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Online Workshop “Early and reliable detection of degradation and failures in Photovoltaics for improved lifetime output (PV-4LIFE)” on the 7th of April 2021, 11:00-12:00 EEST 

The PV Technology Laboratory of the University of Cyprus hosts the Online Workshop “Early and reliable detection of degradation and failures in Photovoltaics for improved lifetime output (PV-4LIFE)” on the April 7th 2021, 11:00-12:00 EEST (Nicosia, Cyprus).

This workshop will provide cutting edge insights and technical information in the area of PV performance, failure detection and performance loss quantification. Emphasis will be given on the identification and classification of performance degradation.
The workshop is intended for local and international partners, researchers and stakeholders in the PV energy sector. The participants will get the required technical background and in-field knowledge of the work carried out in the PV-4LIFE project, which is financed by the University of Cyprus.

More here
Press here for the link to the meeting

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The new EDDIE blog proposal by the Researchers of the PV Technology Lab!

Optimal operation of multi-carrier local energy communities by implementing the concept of energy hub is the new EDDIE blog proposal by Dr Christina Papadimitriοu, Loizos Loizou, PhD and Dr Venizelos Efthymiou of PV Technology, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus!

Integration of different energy infrastructures, or carriers, can offer several benefits such as better management of energy sources, higher efficiency and reduction of waste as well as a higher share of renewables. This could result to multiple advantages compared to the conventional electricity grid such as an improvement of energy security, a decreased environmental impact and a reduction of energy costs.

More here

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Πρόγραμμα κατάρτισης «Εισαγωγή στα Συστήματα Αποθήκευσης Ενέργειας» - Επιχορηγημένο από την ΑνΑΔ

Παραμένοντας πιστοί στη δέσμευσή μας για παροχή υψηλού επιπέδου εκπαίδευσης που έχει ως σκοπό την αναβάθμιση των επαγγελματικών σας δεξιοτήτων, σας ενημερώνουμε για το επερχόμενο επιχορηγημένο (από την ΑνΑΔ) πρόγραμμα κατάρτισης «Εισαγωγή στα Συστήματα Αποθήκευσης Ενέργειας».

Το πρόγραμμα προσφέρεται από το Εργαστήριο Φωτοβολταϊκής Τεχνολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου. Μπορείτε να δείτε την ατζέντα του προγράμματος και τα αρχεία που επισυνάπτονται σε μορφή PDF για περισσότερες πληροφορίες.

Σε περίπτωση που σας ενδιαφέρει να αποστείλετε άτομα του προσωπικού σας για εκπαίδευση, τότε μπορείτε να επικοινωνήσετε για την εγγραφή στο 22894321.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες εδώ 

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inteGRIDy Project: Optimising Network Operations through Flexibility Services - Thessaloniki and Cyprus Pilots online workshop!  

Block your agenda and join our colleagues from the University of Cyprus (UCY), Watt & Volt (WVT) and Centre of Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), who will present the latest advances on the pilots located in Thessaloniki and Nicosia, as well as the challenges and lessons learnt from derived from our work in inteGRIDy.

When: 14th of April, 2021|10:00-12:20 CET
Where: Online

Download the AGENDA of the event and REGISTER!
Find the information about the event, the agenda in which is the link to connect to the event on the 14th of April and also the link for registration here 

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The 5th EDDIE interview is online!

Our partner, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, represented by Agneta Rinman and Stefan Östlund contributed to this conversation by sharing their ideas & visions for the future digitalization of the energy sector. The questions address online teaching and its benefits &drawbacks, priorities in the technical education system of professionals and the Blueprint of EDDIEproject.

More here

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EDDIE Project - Blog 13: A NEW WAVE OF AUTOMATION

A new wave of automation in the context of Artificial Intelligence is the new EDDIE blog developed and shared by our partners in Cátedra de Industria Conectada, ICAI – COMILLAS ICAI. 

More here

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Energy Shield invites you to an online workshop! 

Topic: Trends, opportunities and choices in designing a cyber-resilient EPES infrastructure
When? 15 April 2021 @10 CET
Registration is now open! 

More here
Find the workshop's programme here

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Energy Efficiency and Artificial Intelligence (ΕΕΑΙ) Workshop

The EEAI Workshop aims to bring together interdisciplinary approaches that focus on the application of AI-driven solutions for increasing and improving energy efficiency of residential and tertiary buildings and of occupant behaviour. Either applied directly on the building management systems, or aiming towards affecting energy-related occupant behavior to stimulate behavioural change, proposed solutions should enable more energy efficient and sustainable operation of buildings and stimulate energy-efficient consumer behaviour. Of particular interest are human-centered AI approaches that increase trustworthiness with explainable AI models and their results for non-expert users. The workshop also welcomes cross-domain approaches that investigate how to support energy efficiency by addressing both direct and indirect energy-related behaviour.


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EDDIE at the 2021 IEEE INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON SMART GRID FOR SMART CITIES

EDDIE will be part of the “2021 IEEE INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON SMART GRID FOR SMART CITIES” this year between 17 – 23 March 2021 as an associated project for dissemination project’s results, lesson learned and conclusions from the needs identified in the professional environment regarding the knowledge and skills on digitalization, VET providers, and the education system, with the involvement of policy makers.

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SYNERGY: First year at a glance! 

The SYNERGY project's first newsletter is here! The newsletter takes a look at what this first year of the project has been and introduces you to our team and pilots.

Check it out below to read about our project and work!

More here

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Internship Programme 2021!

The PV Technology Laboratory of FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of
the University of Cyprus gives the opportunity to undergraduate students to be involved in its research activities for the summer period 2021 (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. 

Application Deadline: 1st April 2021

More information: English Greek 

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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. 

More here

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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!

More here

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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.
 
More here

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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

More information 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. 

Register here

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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.

More here

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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! 

More here

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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.

Read, share & subscribe here!

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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. 

More here

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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.


More here

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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.

More here

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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!

More here: [English]

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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! 

More here: [English]

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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.

Read more here...[English]

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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.

Read more here...[English]

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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.


Read more...[English]

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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!

Read more...[English]

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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.

Read more...[English]

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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)”.

Read more...[English] [Greek]

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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.

Read more...[English]

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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.

Read more...[English]

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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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