Research Center for Sustainable Energy (FOSS)

University of Cyprus


FOSS

FOSS was created in order to play a key role in research and technological development activities in the field of sustainable energy within Cyprus and at international level with the aim of contributing to the achievement of the relevant energy and environment objectives set out by Europe. In particular, FOSS strives to become a centre of excellence in energy that will act as a structure where world‐standard R&D work can be performed, in terms of measurable scientific production (including training) and technological innovation.

The selected thematic priorities include:

  • Renewable energy sources (RES) with an emphasis on solar energy
  • Distributed generation and new technologies for electrical power systems
  • Smart electricity networksEnabling technologies including energy storage and ICT, which are necessary for developing a smart grid environment
  • Energy efficiency and energy saving
  • Energy efficient buildings
  • Energy Policy and Energy economics
  • Education and awareness work on sustainable energy matters and promotion of active involvement of consumers in demand response and local energy production using RES.

FOSS has gathered significant research expertise from the University of Cyprus as well as from industry that spans a host of fields: from electrical, mechanical, civil, environmental, chemical engineering from to physics, chemistry, economics, finance and architecture. The FOSS team aims, with the development of the necessary synergies, to create the impetus for the advancement of the field of energy.
The centre is currently assembling a large smart grid test bed for storage and PV as well as conducting the work making the university campus as one of the few green campuses in Europe.


Recent Publications:

  1. G. Makrides, A. Phinikarides, J. Sutterlueti, S. Ransome and G. E. Georghiou, “Advanced performance monitoring system for improved reliability and optimized levelized cost of electricity”, in proceedings of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), pp 1 – 6, Munich (DE), 20-24 June, 2016.
  2. G. Makrides, I. Koumparou, J. Bratcher, J. Pratt and G. E. Georghiou, “Thermal classification modelling and energy yield performance of different crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules with innovative packaging components”, in proceedings of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), pp 1 – 6, Munich (DE), 20-24 June, 2016.
  3. G. Makrides, A. Phinikarides, E. Herzong, M. Strobbel and G. E. Georghiou, “Outdoor performance and modelling study of innovative crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules under hot climate conditions”, in proceedings of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), pp 1 – 6,, Munich (DE), 20-24 June, 2016.
  4. A. Phinikarides, G. Makrides and G. E. Georghiou, “Estimation of the Degradation Rate of Fielded Photovoltaic Arrays in the Presence of Measurement Outages”, in proceedings of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), pp 1754 – 1757, Munich (DE), 20-24 June, 2016.
  5. N. Philippou, V. Venizelou, G. Makrides, M. Hadjipanayi, V. Efthymiou, G.E. Georghiou, “PV Integration and Price-Based Demand Side Management: Optimum Time-of-Use Tariffs”, in proceedings of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), pp 2664 – 2669, Munich (DE), 20-24 June, 2016.
  6. A. Phinikarides, G. Makrides and G. E. Georghiou, “Analysis of the field performance of a double junction amorphous silicon photovoltaic module and its correlation to standardized testing”, in proceedings of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), pp 1992 – 1996, Munich (DE), 20-24 June, 2016.
  7. A. Kyprianou, A. Phinikarides, G. Makrides and G. E. Georghiou, “Forecasting the degradation rate of different photovoltaic systems using robust principal component analysis and ARIMA”, in proceedings of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), pp 1 – 6, Munich (DE), 20-24 June, 2016.
  8. I. Koumparou, G. Makrides and G. E. Georghiou, “Characterization and mapping of daily sky conditions based on ground measurements of solar irradiance in mainland USA”, in 43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, pp 1 – 6, Portland, OR (US), 5-10 June, 2016.
  9. M. Theristis, E. F. Fernández, F. Almonacid and P. Pérez-Higueras, "Spectral Corrections Based on Air Mass, Aerosol Optical Depth, and Precipitable Water for CPV Performance Modeling," in IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 1598-1604, November 2016. DOI: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2016.2606702
  10. C. Lazarou,C. Anastassiou,G. E. Georghiou, “Numerical investigation of the electric field produced by the interaction of helium plasma jet with normal and cancer cells”, 6th International Conference on Plasma Medicine (ICPM-6), Bratislava (SK), 4-9 September, 2016.
  11. C. Lazarou,G. E. Georghiou, “Investigation of the influence of electron impact cross section from different databases on the simulation results of helium barrier discharge with dry air impurities”, ESCAMPIG XXIII, Bratislava (SK), 12-16 July, 2016.
  12. G. Konstantinou,K. Kyriakou,K. Moulopoulos, “Generators of dynamical symmetries and the correct gauge transformation in the Landau level problem: use of pseudomomentum and pseudo-angular momentum” , IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 6, no. 6, November 2016.
  13. G. Konstantinou,K. Moulopoulos, “The 'forgotten' pseudomomenta and gauge changes in generalized Landau Level problems: spatially nonuniform magnetic and temporally varying electric fields”, 2016.
  14. G. Konstantinou,K. Moulopoulos, “Ground State thermodynamic and response properties of electron gas in a strong magnetic and electric field: Exact analytical solutions for a conventional semiconductor and for Graphene”, 2016.
  15. G. Konstantinou,K. Kyriakou,K. Moulopoulos, “Emergent non-Hermitian contributions to the Ehrenfest and Hellmann-Feynman theorems”, 2016.
  16. M. Hadjipanayi, I. Koumparou, N. Philippou, V. Paraskeva, A. Phinikarides, G. makrides, V. Efthymiou, G.E.Georghiou, "Prospects of Photovoltaics in southern european, mediterranean and middle east regions", Renewable Energy, vol. 92, pp.58-74, July 2016.
  17. G. C. Christoforidis, I. Panapakidis, T. Papadopoulos, G. Papagiannis, I. Koumparou, M. Hadjipanayi, and G.E. Georghiou, "A Model for the Assessment of Different Net-Metering Policies” Energies, vol. 9, no. 4, p. 262, 2016.

Website:

http://www.foss.ucy.ac.cy/