The main objective of the Laboratory is research, teaching and consulting on energy and climate change.
Laboratory activities cover a wide range of energy uses and management, energy potential estimation (from renewable and conventional sources), assessment of energy conversion technologies, economic analysis and environmental and social impact of energy use. Thermodynamic analysis of energy conversion processes and of the input-output flows is utilized in order to holistically characterize the efficiency of energy technologies.
Another research area of the Energy and Climate Change Laboratory is the production of bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts by using – mainly – thermochemical processes. The aim is to investigate the production of green energy and to utilize bio-waste flows, in order to reduce the carbon footprint and extend the life cycle of materials. The use of a hydrothermal reactor produces high-value phenols and hydrochar while helping to neutralize micro-pollutants. The use of water as a solvent is a very interesting case because of its high dielectric constant. Hydrothermal treatment process has the potential to alter the dielectric constant of the water and together with elevated temperatures and pressures can lead to the precipitation of mixed metal oxides and to the production of nanomaterials such as nanocrystalline metal oxides. Finally, the use of an electrolysis device is intended to promote the hydrogen economy and policies that utilize the excess energy from renewable sources for the production of gaseous fuels (power-to-gas) for long-term energy storage.
The laboratory focuses on the primary causes of the observed climate change in the atmosphere and the radiation balance disorder on the planet, due to increased CO2 emissions during energy production and use. Research interests include the contribution of greenhouse gases, clouds, particulate matter, ice cover, internal climate variability, and other factors to the planet’s energy and radiation balance. The spatial study of the natural processes that create climate change, a topic of increasing importance for the present century, is included in the research interests of the Laboratory.
Particular emphasis is given to the measurement and analysis of particulate matter emissions to the atmosphere in spatial microclimate during the various energy conversion processes. These particles play a vital role in climate at both local and global levels. They can change the chemical composition of the atmosphere and provide the surface needed for heterogeneous reactions. They also directly or indirectly affect the climate through scattering or absorption of solar radiation.
In short, the Laboratory aims to:
- Energy Conversion and Environmental Impacts
- Energy Policy and Modeling
- Life Cycle Analysis of Energy Systems
- Energy planning: Multi-criteria analysis and Applications
- Energy economics, market liberalization and Taxation
- Renewable Energy Sources. Potential, Conversion Technology, Economics and Policy (Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Biomass and Hydro)
- Bioenergy, Biofuels and Biomaterials
- Energy Use in Industry and Buildings: Energy Saving and Inspection
- Climate Change, Carbon Balances and Greenhouse Gases
- Solar Radiation Balance
- Aerosol formation and measurements
- Dias Haralampopoulos, Professor, email@example.com
- Christos Matsoukas, Associate Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stergios Vakalis, Assistant Professor, email@example.com
- Iraklis Polatidis, Associate Professor (Swedish docent) of Energy Technology at the Dept. of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University Campus Gotland, Sweden, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Stratis Papadopoulos, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher (stpapa-at-env.aegean.gr)
- Manos Hatzigeorgiou, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher (manolis198115-at-yahoo.gr)
- Stratis Giannoulis, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher (sgian-at-env.aegean.gr)
- 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
- Hydrothermal reactor
- Electrolysis device
- The laboratory has developed and uses the following models:
- Solar and terrestrial radiation propagation models developed for the study of the planet’s radiation balance.
- Model 3T (Trapezoid Thermodynamic Technique) for the analysis of waste energy recovery technologies
- Multi-Box and MAGSY models for simulating gasification technologies
- KUP factor using statistical entropic analysis – coefficient of calculation of recovered potassium from burner ash
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.