UCy Foss cen­tre se­cures fund­ing for Balkan-Med PV project to in­te­grate grids for build­ings

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FOSS Re­search Cen­tre for Sus­tain­able En­ergy of the Univer­sity of Cyprus as se­cured fund­ing for a pho­to­voltaic en­ergy project from the Balka­nMediter­ranean 2014-2020 pro­gramme, a co­op­er­a­tion that brings to­gether re­searchers from three EU mem­ber states (Bul­garia, Cyprus and Greece) and two can­di­date coun­tries, Al­ba­nia and the Former Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia.

The project, “En­hanc­ing stor­age in­te­gra­tion in build­ings with Pho­to­voltaics (PV-Es­tia)” is co­or­di­nated by the Aris­to­tle Univer­sity of Thes­sa­loniki and with part­ners the Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search Cen­tre of Western Mace­do­nia, Univer­sity of Cyprus, Elec­tric­ity Au­thor­ity of Cyprus, En­ergy Agency of Plov­div, Fac­ulty of Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nolo­gies Of Ss. Cyril and Method­ius Univer­sity in Skopje, Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy/ Di­rec­torate for Re­new­ables and Elec­tric­ity.

The to­tal project fund­ing is EUR 1,270,332 and the Univer­sity of Cyprus has se­cured EUR 337,707.

The ob­jec­tive of the project is to en­hance the pen­e­tra­tion of PVs in the built en­vi­ron­ment, which is sink/source, thus mak­ing them grid-friendly. The planned tools to be de­vel­oped dur­ing the course of the project will em­power stake­hold­ers and en­gi­neers to ad­e­quately deal with this new type of sys­tem.

Also, the joint reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions for the Balkan Med re­gion will pave the way for new and im­proved poli­cies that will fa­cil­i­tate the ad­vance­ment of PV and stor­age in build­ings, to­wards NZEB trans­for­ma­tion. In fact, by in­tro­duc­ing stor­age in build­ings with PVs the self-con­sump­tion on site of PV en­ergy in­creases, thus re­duc­ing the power losses as­so­ci­ated with feed­ing the ex­cess en­ergy back to the grid. Nat­u­rally, this results in us­ing the sus­tain­able so­lar source at con­sid­er­ably higher ef­fi­ciency. More­over, the en­ergy se­cu­rity of the re­gion is in­creased, which is a ma­jor py­lon of the En­ergy Union pol­icy in the EU, as so­lar en­ergy is in abun­dance in the re­gion. An im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to cli­mate change re­silience in tran­si­tion comes from the fact that the higher the pen­e­tra­tion of con­trol­lable PV en­ergy in the en­ergy mix of a re­gion, the lower the con­ven­tional power gen­er­a­tion from fos­sil fuel can be.

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