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Openings at the Cyprus Institute

Monday, 11 July 2016 16:32

The Cyprus Institute is currently advertising vacancies for administrative and research positions within our Solar Energy research group:

 

1. Project Officer for Solar Energy and Desalination Group: http://jobboard.cyi.ac.cy/?q=node/452

2. Postdoctoral fellow for concentrated solar power: http://jobboard.cyi.ac.cy/?q=node/437

3. Computational scientist (Postdoc - HPC for energy): http://jobboard.cyi.ac.cy/?q=node/248

 

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The post-doctoral position is opened to PhD holder with a high level scientific background in thermodynamic cycles, heat transfers and fluid dynamics. The candidate must have a previous professional experience in solar thermal energy systems and skills in modelling and numerical simulation. Capabilities in using Matlab® environment or equivalent are required. Perfectly fluent English language is required since it will be used as working language and of course knowledge of French language would be very useful.

 

Application letter and curriculum should be addressed to Dr G. FLAMANT, CNRS/PROMES, LABEX SOLSTICE PROJECT, 7 rue du four solaire, 66120 Font-Romeu (France), or transmitted by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with copy to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Deadline for application: August 29, 2016

 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

 

Messe München Hall B1, Room B12

 

The workshop will give an overview on the current CSP market and perspectives and European R&D activities in this field. In this context it will inform about the EU Solaris project, which aims to promote and develop further the R&D infrastructure capacities in Europe to support the technology development in the field of concentrating solar thermal technologies for power generation and high temperature process heat.

 

Workshop is free (no charge), pre-registration requested, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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"Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Technology, Performance, and Dispatchability" research paper from the On the Path to SunShot series is now available on the DOE website. See http://goo.gl/vp8bpI 

 

Find also all eight research papers from the On the Path to SunShot series at http://goo.gl/tVLSAH

Scientists at the DLR Institute of Solar Research and the Spanish research center CIEMAT ended successfully a three-year trial period for the aging behavior of different protective coatings on aluminum mirrors and derived a methodology for accelerated aging. Aluminium-based solar mirrors can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional solar glass mirrors. In spite of the lower reflectance, their good ductility make aluminum reflectors especially well suited for collectors in process heat applications or for complex collector geometries.

 

Aluminum reflectors consist of a rolled aluminum substrate with reflection-enhancing coatings. On top, a three to six micrometer thick transparent protective layer is applied, which protects the reflective aluminum layer against environmental influences. This protective layer is critical for the extent, in which the reflective properties of the material are affected by sand erosion or corrosion over its entire lifetime. In the Alumir-project DLR and CIEMAT worked with three manufacturers of aluminum solar mirrors that provided mirror samples with nine different protective coatings.

 

ALUMIR Erfoud-MAROC 1920px 1Outdoor exposure of aluminum reflectors with different protective layers in Erfoud, Morocco

 

The mirror samples of the companies Alanod, Almeco and Constellium were exposed at nine sites with different climatic conditions. The scientists had chosen desert and coastal locations in Spain, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

 

In parallel to the outdoor exposure tests, the materials were exposed to articifially produced environmental conditions in climate chambers. These tests took place at the Plataforma Solar de Almería in the OPAC aging laboratory of DLR and CIEMAT. Here, the researchers investigated different stresses (humidity, salt spray, sand erosion, UV-radiation, thermal cycling,…) and selected an appropriate testing sequence to reproduce the observed degradation mechanisms from outdoors in a realistic manner within a short time period in the laboratory. The degradation rates of the outdoor exposed and accelerated aged samples were measured at regular intervals, the results were compared and correlated. From the derived methodology for accelerated aging, assessments for the lifetime of aluminum reflectors can be made.

 

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Mirror samples during a salt spray test in the aging laboratory at Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain

 

The extensive tests have shown that the optical performance of the mirrors after three years outdoor exposure was still satisfactory but that the degradation of the aluminum mirrors was significantly higher than that of glass mirrors. As Dr. Reinhard Dasbach, Director of Research and Development at Almeco said "The project gave us the opportunity to test our commercial and newly developed solar mirrors under realistic conditions in the field. The results are very helpful for the further optimization of our mirrors." The head of research and development at Alanod, Dr. Stefan Ziegler, stated:"The results of the ALUMIR project provide us with important insights into the aging behavior and the lifetime of our aluminum solar mirrors. At Alanod we will use the new accelerated aging methodology for the development and optimization of new coatings."

 

The derived methodology for accelerated aging of aluminum mirror was published in March 2016 in the form of a guideline on the SolarPACES Task III website (http://www.solarpaces.org/tasks/task-iii-solar-technology-and-advanced-applications).

The University of Granada, Infrastructure for Sustainable Development (i4sd) and Social Entrepreneurship School (SES) are pleased to organize the Engineering for Sustainable Development Forum in Granada on 29-30 September 2016.

 

This Forum is addressed to researchers, professionals from the private sector and public agencies and anyone interested in the areas of sustainable development, climate change, renewable energy, water, sustainable mobility, social entrepreneurship and the financing instruments for sustainability related projects.

 

Experts of Academia, Industrial, Financial and Governmental Entities are invited to present their research results and experience of new technologies and projects on the Forum in the following areas before May 31st, 2016 to the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The papers and posters in English or Spanish will be submitted to a selection process by the Scientific Committee, in order to be presented in the Forum. The papers and posters should follow the formatting instructions according to the templates that can be downloaded in this link or requested to the organizers to the following email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

For additional information please visit: www.esd-forumgranada.com

Location: TU Wien, AUSTRIA
Date: 29-30 September 2016


Scientific Scope and Range of Topics:
The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers and industry participants working in the field of Supercritical CO2 (sCO2) Power Systems. The topics of the seminar include:

 

- System Concepts
- Thermodynamics, System Modeling and Control
- Heat Transfer and Fluid dynamics
- Turbomachinery
- System Components (valves, pumps, CO2 heat exchangers, etc.)
- Materials for sCO2 systems
- Experimental testing


The seminar will be organized in a combination of keynote presentations, oral presentations and posters.

Participants interested in a presentation are requested to submit an extended abstract (2-5pages) by June 5, 2016.

 

Abstract submission, Registration and Contact 

Registration information can be found on the seminar’s website http://sco2-seminar-2016.conf.tuwien.ac.at/home/

Authors are invited to submit a two page abstract by June 5, 2016.

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: June 5, 2016
Notification to authors: till June 20, 2016
Early registration: till July 30, 2016 (30% increase of fee after this date)

 

Chairs

Markus HAIDER, TU Wien, Institute for Energy Systems and Thermodynamics
Dieter BRILLERT, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Turbomachinery
Jörg STARFLINGER, Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Kernenergetik und Energiesysteme (IKE)
Andreas WERNER, TU Wien, Institute for Energy Systems and Thermodynamics

The Cyprus Institute’s Linear Fresnel Solar Energy System for Built Environment of the Novel Technologies Laboratory (NTL) building was inaugurated by the Honorable Minister of Finance, Harris Georgiades, on April 11. The Minister in his address stressed 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 The Cyprus Institute 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 official inauguration is part of a three-day workshop which was organised at the CyI premises in Nicosia between April 11-13. The ceremony was addressed by the Chairman of the Institute’s Executive Committee, Dr. Andreas Pittas, the President of CyI, Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas, the CCCI president, Phidias Pilides, and by the project coordinator Fabio Montagnino (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 6 different countries including academic institutions, businesses and governmental departments. The system installed in Cyprus is one of the four pilot systems that were built in the Eastern Mediterranean region, with the other situated in Italy, Egypt and Jordan. The four demonstrative plants based on Concentrating Solar (CS) power target on serving the energy demand of 20.000 end users coming from 20 Mediterranean local communities for a total power of 400 kW. This project is funded by the European Union and is 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), which is the first of its kind in Cyprus. The mode of integration of the solar system in the existing facilities is also novelty of the CyI. The Ceremony was honorably attended by the former President of the Republic Dr. George Vassiliou, Ambassadors and representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, party representatives, government officials, Members of CyI’s Board of Trustees and by many distinguished personalities from the academia and the business world.


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