The Lab has as its main aim the research, teaching and consultancy on aspects of energy and climate change.
It focuses on the primary causes of the observed climatic changes in the atmosphere and the disruption of the radiation balance of the planet due to the increased CO2 emissions from energy production and utilisation. The contribution of other greenhouse gases, clouds, aerosols, sea-ice coverage, internal variation and other factors in the planetary balance of energy and radiation is also among the research interests of the Lab. The time-space study of the physical processes that drive the global climatic changes, a topic to come of importance in the current century, is also among the focus areas of the lab.
At the micro-scale the contribution of the aerosols emitted in the atmosphere by the various energy conversion processes is among the research areas. These aerosols play a vital role for the climate at a local and global level. They can alter their chemical composition in the atmosphere and offer the necessary area for heterogeneous reactions; by absorption and scattering of the incoming radiation they can influence directly or indirectly the climate.
The Lab activities also cover a wide spectrum of the energy utilisation and management, the estimation of energy potential (renewable and conventional sources), the evaluation of energy technology conversion, the economic analysis and the environmental and social impacts of energy utilisation.
In short, the Laboratory areas of interest are:
- Climate change
- Solar Radiation Balance
- Aerosol formation and measurements
- Energy Conversion and Environmental Impacts.
- Energy Planning: Multi-criteria Analysis and Applications
- Energy Policy and Modeling
- Energy Economics. Market Deregulation and Taxation
- Renewable Energy Sources. Potential, Conversion Technology, Economics and Policy (Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Biomass and Hydro)
- Energy Utilisation in Industry and Buildings: Energy Conservation and Auditing.
- Christos Matsoukas, Assist. Professor, matsoukas [at] aegean.gr
- Dias A. Haralambopoulos, Professor, dharal [at] aegean.gr
- George M. Biskos, Assoc. Professor, at the Cyprus Institute, g.biskos [at] cyi.ac.cy
- Heracles Polatidis, Senior lecturer at Dept. of Earth Sciences, Campus Gotland – Uppsala Universitet, Sweden, (heracles.polatidis [at] geo.uu.sel)
- Stratis Papadopoulos, PhD, (stpapa [at] env.aegean.gr)
- Manos Hatzigeorgiou, PhD, (manolis198115 [at] yahoo.gr)
- Stratis Giannoulis, PhD, (sgian [at] env.aegean.gr)
- A number of models examining the solar and thermal radiation exchanges have been developed to study the planetary radiation balance, which is of paramount importance in determining the energy available for all climate processes
- Pyranometer Kipp & Zonen CMP 11
- Pyrgeometer Kipp & Zonen CGR 4
- Radiometer for 4 components Kipp & Zonen CNR 4
- Geiger counter
- Radon concentration meter AlphaGuard
- γ-spectroscopy analyzer Canberra
- Fieldmeter for electromagnetic radiation NARDA EMR300 (100 kHz – 3 Ghz)
- Fieldmeter for electric/magnetic fields TAOMA (15 Hz – 6 Ghz)
- Sound level meter Bruel & Kjaer 2250Light
- Flir infrared camera
- Data Loggers
- Instruments for temperature, heat flow and wind flow measurements
The Laboratory took part in the following research programmes:
- ICOSE – TEMPUS-Joint European Project: Innovative Curriculum on Sustainable Energy-Development of a Master Program in Renewable Energy and Efficient Building Technologies for graduate engineers and architects, Funding: European Commission
- Development of an Integrated Methodology for the exploitation of low enthalpy geothermal sources– THERMOPOLIS, Funding: General Secretariat for Research and Technology
- Energy Planning: Development of a Framework for Energy Systems with Distributed Generation, Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency. The Technological, Spatial and Analytical Dimensions. European National Fund. Programme for the Support of Human Resources in Research – ΠΕΝΕΔ», Funding: Greek Ministry of Development
- Methodological Framework for the Analytical Decomposition of Energy and Environmental Indicators: Development of a Software Tool and Application for Greece. European National Fund, Programme Pythagors ΙΙ», Funding: Greek Ministry of Education
- MCDA- Development and Application of a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Software Tool for Renewable Energy Sources, Category: Accompanying Measures, NNE 5/273/2001. Commission, Directorate General for Energy and Transport (DG TREN), RTD and Demonstration on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development-Part B: Energy Programme, Funding: European Commission
- Development of a Geothermal Source in a Remote Island Region: The case of Chios in the Northern Aegean. Contract No: XVII/4.1030/Z/99-233. European Commission, Directorate General for Energy DG XVII, ALTENER II programme, Funding: European Commission
- The Penetration of Renewable Energy Sources in Tourist Industry, No XVII/4.1030/Z/99-233, European Commission, Directorate General for Energy DG XVII, ALTENER Programme», Funding: European Commission
- Geothermal Heating of Greenhouses & Production of Distilled Water-THERMIE, DG XVII, E.C. Funding: European Commission
- Determination of the sources and physicochemical properties of fine and ultrafine suspended particles of atmospheric aerosol, which affect the climate of Greece, Program “Thales”. Funding: Greek Ministry of Education
- N. Hatzianastassiou, C. Matsoukas, E. Drakakis, P. W. Stackhouse, P. Koepke, A. Fotiadi, K. G. Pavlakis, and I. Vardavas: “The direct effect of aerosols on solar radiation based on satellite observations, reanalysis datasets, and spectral aerosol optical properties from Global Aerosol Data Set (GADS)”, Atmos. Phys., 7, 2585-2599, 2007
- Sklavos S., G. Gatidou, A. Stasinakis, D. Haralambopoulos, “Use of solar distillation for olive mill wastewater drying and recovery of polyphenolic compounds”, Journal of Environmental Management, 162, 46-52, 2015.
- Polatidis, H., Haralambidou, K., Haralambopoulos, D., ‘Decision Analysis for geothermal energy: a comparison between the ELECTRE III and the PROMETHEE II methods’, Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy 10, 241-249, 2015
- Demetriou, D., Polatidis, H., Haralambopoulos, D., ‘Integrated Energy Planning for the Residential Sector: The case-study of Cyprus’, Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy 9, 183-195, 2014
- Sinioros E., P.Stamou, M.Lasithiotakis, D.Akriotis and D.Haralambopoulos, “A preliminary experimental and environmental feasibility case study of glass asphalt production in Lesvos island, Greece, Environmental Quality Management, 24, 2, 13-35, 2014.
- Ioakeimidis C., H. Polatidis and D. Haralambopoulos, ”Use of Renewable Energy in Aquaculture: An Energy Audit case-study analysis”, Global NEST Journal, 15, 282-294, 2013.
- Hatzigeorgiou E., H.Polatidis and D.Haralambopoulos,“Modeling the relationship among energy demand, CO2 emissions and economic development: A survey for the case of Greece”, Global NEST Journal, 15, 273-281, 2013.
- Dimitriou D., H. Polatidis and D.Haralambopoulos, “Integrated Energy Planning for the Residential Sector: The case-study of Cyprus”, Energy Sources, Part B, 9, 183-195, 2014.