The CyI Solar Thermal Energy Chair for the Eastern Mediterranean (CySTEM – Chair) project aims at consolidating and upgrading the already substantial activity at the Cyprus Institute (CyI) in Solar Energy, principally solar-thermal and related activities. This will be accomplished by attracting and installing a cluster of outstanding researchers, led by a professor of international stature to maximally utilize and upgrade the existing facilities, and pursue a program of excellence in Cyprus with local and regional focus in the region of Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME).
The principal focus will be on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies for electricity production, desalination, air conditioning and heating, either in isolation or in multi-generation modes. The Chair shall be embedded in CyI’s Energy Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC), a Centre with intense activity in climate change (and adaptation strategies), water management, and sustainability.
CyI, being a technologically orientated research and educational institution, will provide the CySTEM Chair the opportunity to contribute to other related important activities of technoeconomic nature, such as the definition of a road map for Renewable Energy Sources (and Solar in particular) development in the area in light of the recent discoveries of substantial Natural Gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean.
CyI Principal Investigator: Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas
- Acronym: CySTEM
- Website: CySTEM
- Center: EEWRC
- Funding Source: Horizon 2020 ERA Chairs (H2020-WIDESPREAD-2014-2)
- CyI Funding: €3,499,375.00 (including €2.5 Million from the EC)
- Funding Period: 5 years
- Starting Date: 1st July 2015
- End Date: 30th June 2020
- Coordinator: The Cyprus Institute
None – this is an ERA Chair Project with a single beneficiary