Young re­searchers at­tend CyI’s an­nual school on so­lar tech­nolo­gies

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Young re­searchers from nine coun­tries, from Europe, the Mid­dle East, Chile and South Africa, at­tended the An­nual School held in Ni­cosia on the cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy of So­lar Ther­mal En­ergy (STE). The school was or­gan­ised from Novem­ber 7 to 11 by the Cyprus In­sti­tute in col­lab­o­ra­tion with its part­ners, Euro­pean in­sti­tu­tions recog­nised as cen­tres of ex­cel­lence in the field: ENEA (Italy), CIEMAT-PSA (Spain), CNRS-PROMES (France) and RWTH-Aachen (Ger­many).

This ac­tiv­ity is part of the Net­work­ing Ex­cel­lence for So­lar Ther­mal En­ergy Re­search (NESTER) project, which is funded by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion with the aim of up­grad­ing the sci­en­tific and in­no­va­tion per­for­mance of the Cyprus In­sti­tute in the field of So­lar-Ther­mal En­ergy.

This first school con­trib­uted to this goal by bring­ing to­gether 30 early stage re­searchers from four dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents – 13 from Cyprus, in­clud­ing four Turk­ish Cypri­ots. Gen­eral top­ics on so­lar ther­mal re­search were ad­dressed dur­ing the first week. Dur­ing the sec­ond week, two spe­cialised top­ics were cho­sen for this year’s school: So­lar Op­tics and De­sali­na­tion.

A to­tal of ten in­ter­na­tional lec­tur­ers and nine lec­tur­ers from the Cyprus In­sti­tute went through the 31 lec­tures and five af­ter­noon in­tense ex­er­cise ses­sions. The at­ten­dees and the in­ter­na­tional lec­tur­ers had the op­por­tu­nity to visit the state of the art fa­cil­i­ties for co­gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric­ity and de­sali­nated water of PROTEAS at Pen­takomo, the lin­ear FRESNEL sys­tem for the Built en­vi­ron­ment and the Ther­mal En­ergy Stor­age Lab­o­ra­tory (TESLA) at The Cyprus In­sti­tute´s head­quar­ters in Ni­cosia.

The event acted as a cat­a­lyst to fos­ter­ing syn­er­gies be­tween in­sti­tu­tions in­volved in STE tech­nolo­gies and projects among the young sci­en­tists that at­tended. It re­ceived pos­i­tive com­ments from par­tic­i­pants and lec­tur­ers alike.

The next NESTER school will be or­gan­ised in Au­tumn 2017 at the CyI, fur­ther pro­mot­ing Cyprus as a re­gional hub for in­no­va­tive so­lar tech­nolo­gies.

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