Linear Fresnel solar energy system inaugurated at CyI
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.