Special Sessions on Solar Energy Technologies

Special sessions on solar energy technologies will be integrated within POEM 2013 Conference. These sessions, which are focusing on the cogeneration of desalinated water with renewable energy sources electricity production, are part of the research program STEP-EW which is funded by the Cross-border Cooperation Program Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013.

The STEP-EW project (www.step-ew.eu) examines the possibility of cogeneration of desalinated water and electricity. In detail, the project’s objective is to build a pilot solar thermal cogeneration unit in Cyprus, which will be based on a feasibility study already carried out by the Cyprus Institute for a similar plant. The construction will confirm the technical feasibility of the innovative idea of cogeneration of desalinated water and electricity by using concentrated solar energy on a small scale and realistic environmental and operating conditions. The proposed technology is extremely important, particularly for areas that are isolated from continental electricity networks and with limited water resources, such as the Mediterranean islands. The cogeneration unit will have the ability to reliably and consistently produce water and electricity according to specific needs. The construction and operation of the unit will confirm that the technology is mature enough to be commercially used and will highlight potential need in subsystems that need further development.

The Special Sessions are:

  • Energy policy and security aspects in Eastern Mediterranean
  • Impacts of climate change on electricity needs in the Mediterranean
  • Solar thermal cogeneration of electricity and water: The STEP-EW project
  • The use of data for power system monitoring and control
  • Current research at Archimedes solar energy laboratory
  • Current research at Cyprus Energy Agency