Cyprus In­sti­tute launches in­no­va­tive Lin­ear Fres­nel So­lar En­ergy Sys­tem

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Finance Min­is­ter Har­ris Ge­or­giades will in­au­gu­rate the Lin­ear Fres­nel So­lar En­ergy Sys­tem for Built En­vi­ron­ment of the Novel Tech­nolo­gies Lab­o­ra­tory (NTL) of the Cyprus In­sti­tute (CyI), on Mon­day, April 11, at 5p.m.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion is part of the 3-day work­shop or­gan­ised by The Cyprus In­sti­tute at its premises in Ni­cosia, and will take place be­tween Mon­day and Wed­nes­day. The event will in­clude a one-day work­shop on con­cen­trated so­lar power (CSP) tech­nolo­gies and a de­tailed view of the sys­tem it­self from its de­sign­ers, plus a one-day train­ing event of­fered by the in­stal­la­tion team tar­get­ing tech­ni­cians and en­gi­neers.

The Lin­ear Fres­nel So­lar En­ergy Sys­tem was built by util­is­ing fi­nanc­ing pro­vided by the ‘Small Scale Ther­mal Dis­trict Units for Mediter­ranean Com­mu­ni­ties’ (STS-Med) project, a con­sor­tium of 14 or­gan­i­sa­tions from six coun­tries in­clud­ing aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions, busi­nesses and gov­ern­men­tal de­part­ments.

The sys­tem in­stalled in Cyprus is one of four pi­lot sys­tems that were built in the east­ern Mediter­ranean re­gion, with the oth­ers sit­u­ated in Italy, Egypt and Jor­dan. The sys­tem col­lects so­lar en­ergy through sev­eral rows of mir­rors that con­tin­u­ously track the sun’s path and chan­nel the col­lected heat to a cool­ing de­vice for the needs of the Novel Tech­nolo­gies Lab­o­ra­tory (NTL), which is now clas­si­fied as a ‘Nearly Zero En­ergy Build­ing’ (NZEB), the first of its kind in Cyprus. The mode of in­te­gra­tion of the so­lar sys­tem in the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties is also a nov­elty of the Cyprus In­sti­tute (CyI).

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