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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 FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy  will actively participate at the "European Researcher's Night 2020", an event organized by the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) 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.

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”. A topic on "Early Detection of Potentia; Induced Degradation in the Field: Testing a New Methodology on Silicon PV Modules", was also presented by FOSS reseacher Michalis Florides.

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

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

Read more here...[English] [Greek]

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Successful FOSS Internship Programme! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

Find the webinar here...[English]

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Webinar: Discovering the ETU Toolbox 
 

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

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Join the first Pan-European PANTERA Virtual Workshop!
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more...[Greek]

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

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

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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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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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