Lin­ear Fres­nel so­lar energy sys­tem in­au­gu­rated at CyI

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The Cyprus In­sti­tute’s Lin­ear Fres­nel So­lar Energy Sys­tem for Built En­vi­ron­ment of the Novel Tech­nolo­gies Lab­o­ra­tory (NTL) build­ing was in­au­gu­rated by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Harris Ge­or­giades on Mon­day who said that re­search and in­no­va­tion can and should have a very im­por­tant role in a new eco­nomic model for Cyprus and that the gov­ern­ment’s sup­port to CyI is the best such in­vest­ment for the fu­ture. He also ex­pressed full con­fi­dence in The Cyprus In­sti­tute, com­mit­ted to con­tinue sup­port­ing its novel re­search ac­tiv­i­ties.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion was part of a three-day work­shop hosted at the CyI in Nicosia which was also at­tended by the Chair­man of the In­sti­tute’s Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, Dr. An­dreas Pit­tas, the Pres­i­dent of CyI, Prof. Costas Pa­pan­i­co­las, Cham­ber of Com­merce Pilides, and the project co­or­di­na­tor (ARCA).

The 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 i n Cyprus is one of the four pi­lot sys­tems in­stalled in the east­ern Mediter­ranean re­gion, with the oth­ers sit­u­ated in Italy, Egypt and Jor­dan.

The four plants based on Con­cen­trat­ing So­lar (CS) power aim to serve the energy needs of 20,000 end users from 20 Mediter­ranean com­mu­ni­ties for a to­tal out­put of 400 kW. Pres­i­dent Phidias Fabio Mon­tagnino This project is funded by the Euro­pean im­ple­mented by ARCA Con­sor­tium.

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 NTL, which is now clas­si­fied as a ‘Nearly Zero Energy Build­ing’ (NZEB), the first of its kind i n Cyprus. The mode of in­te­gra­tion of the so­lar sys­tem i n the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties is also a novelty of the CyI.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony was also at­tended by for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Vas­sil­iou, am­bas­sadors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of diplo­matic mis­sions, party rep­re­sen­ta­tives, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, mem­bers of CyI’s Board of Trus­tees and lo­cal per­son­al­i­ties from the academia and the busi­ness world.

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