The first research centre of CyI, founded in 2007 in partnership with MIT, is the Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC). Within it, an energy Division has been operating since 2010 and is one of the two largest groups in EEWRC and the Institute, along with the Environment and Climate Change Group. During its early formative years EEWRC has made rapid progress in its fields of competence, e.g., providing evidence that the EMME is a climate change “hotspot” and identifying the utilization of solar energy as a field in which research will be developed with huge potential for innovation. It has also developed and pursued an innovative concept for the co-generation of electricity and desalinated seawater via concentrated solar power. The research agenda of CyI and EEWRC has been nationally and regionally embedded through strong bilateral and EU collaborations to address adaptation to climate change and the restructuring of energy systems in the country.

The Cyprus Institute possesses and is developing significant infrastructure and facilities in the field of Solar Thermal Energy technologies, and it is in the process of significantly expanding its research team.


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Additional Information

CyI People: C.N. Papanicolas, M. Santamouris, E. Stiliaris, L. Kalisperis, D. Serghides, A. Bonanos, E. Votyakov, N. Fylaktos, K. Marakkos, E. Guillen, A. Montenon, M. Kyprianou Dracou, N. Jarraud, C. Michael
Key Partners: DLR, CNRS-PROMES, ENEA, LNEG, University of Evora, ESTELA, CSIRO, CIEMAT-PSA, CRES, ARCA, RWTH-Aachen, MITei, Fraunhofer FISE

Selected Publications:


  1. Fylaktos, N., Mitra, I., Tzamtzis, G., and Papanicolas, C.N., (2014), Economic analysis of an electricity and desalinated water cogeneration plant in Cyprus, Desalination and Water Treatment, DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2014.940219
  2. Georgiou, M.C. , Bonanos, A.M., and Georgiadis, J.G. (2014), Experimental evaluation of a multiple-effect distillation unit in low seawater flow conditions, Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 52, 2014, DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2014.940638
  3. Georgiou, M.C., Bonanos, A.M., and Georgiadis, J.G. (2014), Evaluation of a solar powered distillation unit as a mitigation to water scarcity and climate change in Cyprus, Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 52, 2014, doi: 10.1080/19443994.2014.989637
  4. Votyakov, E., Bonanos, A., (2014) A perturbation model for stratified thermal energy storage tanks, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 75, pp. 218 - 223, 2014.



  1. Pisello, Anna Laura, Santamouris, Mattheos, and Cotana, Franco (2013) Active cool roof effect: impact of cool roofs on cooling system efficiency, Advances in Building Energy Research, 7:2, 209-221, DOI: 10.1080/17512549.2013.865560
  2. Emanuele Bonamente, Federico Rossi, Valentina Coccia, Anna Laura Pisello, Andrea Nicolini, Beatrice Castellani, Franco Cotana, Mirko Filipponi, Elena Morini& Matheos Santamouris (2013) An energy-balanced analytic model for urban heat canyons: comparison with experimental data, Advances in Building Energy Research, 7:2, 222-234, DOI:10.1080/17512549.2013.865561
  3. Georgiou, M.D, Bonanos, A.M, Georgiadis, JG, 2013, Optical evaluation of heliostat mirrors using caustics, Journal Of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Volume: 5 Issue: 5, Article Number: 053139



  1. . Bonanos, A.M., Error Analysis for Concentrated Solar Collectors, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, in press, 2012.
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