Speakers


1 Dr. Diego-César Alarcón-Padilla is the Head of the Solar Desalination R&D Unit at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (CIEMAT) and the current Operating Agent of IEA SolarPACES Task VI (Solar Energy and Water Processes and Applications). Since 1994 his research activity is linked to the Plataforma Solar de Almería (Spain), working in different activity areas related with the use of concentrated solar radiation for electricity production. From 2001 he's member of the Solar Desalination Unit focusing his activity in the development of new scientific and technological knowledge in the field of water desalination and thermal separation processes powered by solar energy. He has participated in more than 20 R&D Projects financed by the EC and 9 Projects financed at national level. To this must be added the R&D projects financed through contracts with private companies (6+2 at national and international level). He is co-author of three books and four chapter books, co-author of more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed international journals, 10 publications in technical magazines, and more than 85 contributions to international and national conferences. He has also participated as teacher in several courses related to water treatment and solar energy.


1 Prof. Derek Baker is a Full Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU). He is on the Management Board of METU’s Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM), and is affiliated with GÜNAM’s Concentrating Solar Thermal Research Laboratory (ODAK). He received his BS from Virginia Tech in 1992, and his MS and PhD from The University of Texas-Austin in 1996 and 2000, respectively, all in Mechanical Engineering. He is the METU Principal Investigator for the ongoing European Union Horizon 2020 project Integrating National Research Agendas on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (INSHIP) and for the recently accepted Third Phase of the Solar Facilities for the European Research (SFERA-III) project. He is Turkey’s main scientific representative for EU-SOLARIS (the European Solar Thermal Research Infrastructure for Concentrated Solar Power) and METU-GÜNAM’s main contact for EERA-JP-CSP (European Energy Research Alliance – Joint Programme – Concentrating Solar Power).

 

1 Mr. Emanuele Bianco is an Associate Programme Officer in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He works in the Policy Unit that is responsible for the work on a range of renewable energy policy issues including policy design, socio-economic benefits and integrated resource management. Before joining IRENA, he worked in the International Energy Agency (IEA) in the Renewable Energy Division, where he actively contributed to the Agency’s analysis on power system integration of renewable energy. He has a combined 8 years of experience in renewable energy policy analysis. He has received an M.Eng. in Nuclear and Energy Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Turin.


1 Prof. Manuel Blanco has more than thirty years of experience as a solar researcher and engineer, contributing to advancing the state-of-the-art of Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technologies. Expert on Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Optics, and Modelling of Energy Systems. Currently, he holds the European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean of the Cyprus Institute and he has the Chair of the Executive Committee of IEA-SolarPACES Technology Collaboration Programme, and he is an Adjunct Australian National University. Previously, he has been: Science Leader of the Solar Energy Systems Research Group of CSIRO -Australia’s National Research Agency; Director of the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI); Director of the Solar Thermal Energy Department of the National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER); Chair and Full Professor of the Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Brownsville; Director of the Plataforma Solar de Almería of CIEMAT the world’s largest solar research infrastructure; Principal Investigator, among other projects, of the SOLGAS and SIREC tower technology R&D projects, which paved the way towards Abengoa's PS10, the first commercial solar tower power plant. He is also the author of numerous scientific publications, and he has participated in a senior capacity in a large number of national and international expert groups and committees. Very recently, editor and one of the authors of the book: Advances in Concentrating Solar Thermal Research and Technology (Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy) 1st Edition.

 

1 Dr. Aristides Bonanos is an Assistant Professor of Energy Systems at The Cyprus Institute. Previously he has been a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech, USA and an associate research scientist at The Cyprus Institute. He holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, from Virginia Tech, USA (2005). He is currently working on the cogeneration of electricity and desalinated water using concentrated solar power. His main research interests are on fluid flow and heat transfer phenomena in thermal desalination and high-temperature solar thermal processes, and he leads the CyI's work on thermal desalination systems using the multiple-effect distillation technology. Other projects include development and characterization of heliostats, and energy storage systems in packed-bed thermocline tanks. He is author of over 30 peer-reviewed publications and has served as reviewer in various scientific journals.


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Dr. Hicham Bouzekri received his Engineer diploma in electronics and communications from the Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs in 1995. After two years working as a microelectronics industrial process engineer for SGS-Thomson in Casablanca, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1997 to join the Master’s of Science program of the University of Florida, Gainesville from which he graduated in 1998. He obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station in 2002. After graduating, he was among the pioneers who started STMicroelectronics’ Rabat Integrated Circuit Design center, a first in Africa. He held several management positions within STM and ST-Ericsson while concurrently holding an adjunct faculty position at Al Akhawayn University. He served as ST-Ericsson representative at USB-IF Board of Directors and as their representative in MIPI – Technical Steering Group and MIPI-Unipro workgroup vice-chair. He has co-authored a number of scientific publications and industry standards in wireless communications over the span of his 22 years of experience and was elected IEEE senior member. After several years of successful leadership in driving innovative ecosystems involving industries and universities in Morocco, he co-founded the Morocco Microelectronics Cluster which later became the Electronics cluster (CE3M) a government backed non-for-profit Industry-Academic consortium. In 2013, he joined Mascir management team, a Moroccan non for profit foundation conducting market oriented R&D in Microelectronics, Biotechnology & Nano-materials, where he served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2016. Since 2017, he has consulted with multiple national and international organizations on establishing innovation and knowledge economy ecosystems including the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) and the United Nations - ESCWA.


1 Dr. Cyril Caliot is a CNRS researcher at PROMES Laboratory (Odeillo) since 2007, he is responsible of the research team "Thermophysics, Radiation heat transfer and fluid flows for Solar Thermal Power Plants". He works on models and experiments to study the influence of radiation on coupled heat and mass transfers in high temperature solar receivers and reactors.


1 Prof. Nicolas Calvet obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Energy and Environment) in 2010 at the PROMES CNRS Laboratory in France. In 2011, he joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in USA working on heat transfer fluids in the concentrated solar power (CSP) group. In 2012, he joined the CIC Energigune Energy Cooperative Research Centre in Spain where he kept working on thermal energy storage materials and systems. Finally in 2013, he joined Masdar Institute in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that is since 2017 part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology and where he is an Assistant Professor in the college of Engineering. He is the founder and chair of the Masdar Institute Solar Platform, the first research and development platform in the UAE dedicated to CSP and TES and which is part of the Masdar Solar Hub.


1 Prof. Manuel Collares-Pereira is an Electrotechnical Engineer, IST, Lisbon; Ph.D. in Physics, University of Chicago (adviser: Prof. Roland Winston) Main positions taken in the past: Coordinator Researcher at INETI (Lisbon) and Guest Professor at the New University of Lisbon and the Technical University of Lisbon (IST) ; Chief Scientist of several Solar Energy companies; Founder and twice President of CCE, the National Energy Agency in Portugal; Founder and President of SPES, the Portuguese Section of ISES. Presently: Chairman of the Renewable Energies Chair of the University of Évora ;Coordinator of the National Research Infrastructure for Solar Energy Concentration –INIESC; President of IPES, Portuguese Solar Energy Institute.


1 Dr. Luis Crespo is currently the president of ESTELA and PROTERMOSOLAR. He is also member of the Renewable Industry Advisory Board of the International Energy Agency. He was one of the pioneers of the Plataforma Solar de Almeria in the late 70’s. He was involved in the central receiver plant of the IEA and later in the GAST German-Spanish project. Afterwards he was appointed Director of Spanish Renewable Energy Institute within the CIEMAT.He had a long break working in Technology Management, as Deputy Director at the CDTI and General Director of AENTEC, and Venture Capital, as General Director of CEX. He joined the sector again in 2008 as General Secretary of Protermosolar. He is also professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and consultant of governments and financial multilateral institutions.


1 Dr. Jeffrey Cumpston, after completing his PhD focus on optimization of dish-Rankine Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants at The Australian National University, moved to Aachen, Germany to pursue his interests in optimization of CSP systems. His work at the research chair for Process Systems Engineering at RWTH Aachen University has involved participation in the EU Horizon 2020 Energy Oriented Center of Excellence (EoCoE) project, where he performed on-line MPC optimizations of scheduling decision-making for concentrating solar power systems. In partnership with the Research Chair for Mathematics II at RWTH Aachen university, Jeff is also working with colleagues and students on the problem of robust aiming strategies for safe operation of CSP plants with respect to receiver operational limits. Here, he presents preliminary results from the model to demonstrate the principle of the optimization approach, in the hope to begin a fruitful discussion about the research topic moving forward.


1 Prof. Angelos M Efstathiou is a Full Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cyprus and Editor of Catalysis Communications Journal (Elsevier). Among others his research interests relate to heterogeneous catalysis towards energy production, e.g., Natural Gas upgrading into useful chemicals (H2, CO/H2, C2H4, liquid fuels via Fischer-Tropsch catalytic chemistry) and low-temperature water-gas shift towards H2 formation. He is the author or co-author of over 140 refereed international journal publications (received over 4800 citations (Scopus), h-index: 42) and 4 book chapters. He has received over 4.5 MEuros from European Framework Programs (4th-7th), the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, and Industry (Linde Engineering AG (Germany); Luxfer MEL Technologies (UK); SASOL Technology SA (South Africa)). He has received several awards, the Royal Award for Sustainable Technology Transfer 2008 (European Environment Agency), First Research Award “Nikos Symeonides-2007” (Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation), First European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) Young Scientists Award (2001), First Award - Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation for the successful participation in the 5th FP of EU with the highest budget (2006), while recently he was nominated as the recipient of the Catalysis Society of South Africa (CATSA) Eminent Visitor Award 2019, which is given annually to distinguished researchers in the field of Catalysis.


1 Dr. Charles Ellinas has over 35 years of experience in the oil & gas sector in senior management positions. Currently CEO of e-CNHC (E-C Cyprus Natural Hydrocarbons Company Ltd), providing management and advisory services in the oil & gas and energy sectors in Cyprus and the region. Prior to this, as CEO of KRETYK I was responsible for implementing Cyprus government’s strategy for the development of its hydrocarbons sector. Until 2012 I was a Director of Mott MacDonald for 25 years and the Managing Director of Mott MacDonald’s Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals business world-wide.


1 Dr. Nestor Fylaktos is an Associate Research Scientist at the Cyprus Institute (CyI), and is mainly involved in long-term energy system modelling for small, isolated energy systems such as in Cyprus, and provides regular technical assistance to the government of the Republic of Cyprus. He is operating within the energy group of the EEWRC at the CyI, and has also been involved in the technoeconomic aspects of the technologies under development. He has worked in the Renewable Energy Industry for a number of years, and has been instrumental in the recent expansion of the activities of the energy group though competitive grants in many fields of energy. He has also been involved in various studies on the future of hydrocarbons’ exploration and exploitation in the Eastern Med, chiefly from an environmental point of view. He is acutely interested in the imminent global and European energy transition, and the socioeconomic impacts thereof.


1 Dr. Marios C Georgiou, Head of the PROTEAS Facility Operations, of the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), of the Cyprus Institute, is a core member of the Energy and Renewables Group for the last 8 years. His mainly focus is the implementation of the CSP – DSW project (Concentrated Solar Power for Cogeneration of Electricity and Desalination of Sea Water) both from the scientific prospective so as from the operational and maintenance. Prior to his engagement as the Head of the PROTEAS Facility Operations he has been a postdoctoral Research at the Cyprus Institute for two years, working on the experimental characterization of the storage receiver (iSTORE) and the thermal characterization of energy storage and heat extraction from various subsystems of this pilot CSP plant. He holds a Bachelor and a Master Diploma Degree (BSc and MSc) in Physics from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and a PhD in Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences from the Cyprus Institute, with his research focusing on Solar Thermal Desalination. Dr. Georgiou is a highly experienced physicist with excellent technical and experimental skills combined with strong academic and theoretical background. Within the last 5 years, Marios has participated in several conferences mainly focusing on Solar Desalination and Concentrating Solar Power, as a presented so as an invited speaker and chaired several sessions on this topic. Marios also has experience in participation and preparation of joint research projects and proposals with several European Institutions and Universities. Dr Georgiou has several publications in the field of concentrated solar power and desalination in both journals and international conferences and apart from research, he has a wide range of teaching experiences including laboratory instructing and mentoring of Master and Bachelor students.


1 Dr. Alberto Giaconia is a researcher with wide experience in Concentrating Solar technologies and the development of innovative and environmentally friendly chemical processes. With a PhD and a degree in Chemical Engineering, he is researcher at ENEA since 2004. For several years he has carried out research activities, coordinated large international research projects and developed experimental prototypes from laboratory to pilot scale. He is member of international expert groups and Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) including: (1) Italian representative in the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency – Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA-H2); (2) alternate Italian representative in the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency – SolarPACES Implementing Agreement (IEA-H2); (3) member of the Task 2 “Solar Chemistry Research” group in SolarPACES; member of the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). Coordinator of the EU FP7 projects CoMETHy (Combined Multi-fuel Energy to Hydrogen converter, 2011-2015, budget ca. 5 M€) and MATS (Multipurpose Applications of Thermodynamic Solar, 2011-2018, budget ca. 22 M€). Both projects successfully lead to “first of a kind” demonstrators on relevant scales (pilot or pre-commercial) of innovative Concentrating Solar technologies. He has also been ENEA’s scientific responsible in three projects dealing with concentrating solar power and solar chemistry (co-funded by 7FP and ENPI CBC Med). As coordinator, he is experienced in the preparation of successful project proposals in FP7 and Horizon 2020. His research activities lead to the publication of more than thirty papers in international peer reviewed journals and books. He is also co-inventor in eight patents. In addition, he has been engaged in lectures in University and Master learning courses, student tutoring and external examiner in PhD candidate final thesis.


1 Dr. Joël Guiot is CNRS research director in the European Centre for Research and Training in Environmental Geosciences (CEREGE, Aix-Marseille University, France). His main research is on impact of past, present and future climatic changes on Mediterranean ecosystems, in particular on the Mediterranean forest. In 2012 he co-founded the Laboratory of Excellence OT-Med to study of the risks related to climate change and natural hazards in the Mediterranean Basin. He launched in 2015 with W. Cramer, the Mediterranean group of experts on environmental and climate changes (MedECC), to transfer scientific knowledge on climatic change to the society actors of both sides of the Mediterranean. He is a lead author for the IPCC special report on the impact of a 1.5°C global warming (publication in 2018).


1 Panos Hadjinicolaou is an Associate Professor at the Energy, Environment & Water Research Center of The Cyprus Institute since 2015. He holds a BSc in Physics from University of Athens (1993), an MSc in Atmospheric Sciences from University of East Anglia (1994), and a PhD in Atmospheric Modelling from University of Cambridge (2001). He has contributed to EU projects in the UK on global atmospheric chemistry modelling and his work on dynamically-induced stratospheric ozone trends has appeared in three WMO Οzone Depletion Assessments. He has coordinated and carried out modelling work in national and international research projects on regional climate modelling and extremes. Panos was previously a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, until 2005, at the University of Cambridge, from 2005 until 2006 a Research Associate at the University of Athens, from 2006 until 2008 an Assistant Professor at Frederick University at Nicosia, and from 2008 until 2015 an Associate Research Scientist at The Cyprus Institute. He has published 37 papers which have received more than 1000 citations and he has a Web of Science h-index of 17. His Research Interests are: Dynamical downscaling of past, present and future climate; climate change extremes and impacts, stratospheric ozone depletion; interactions of atmospheric circulation and composition.


1 Prof Suhil Kiwan, Professor of mechanical engineering and dean of engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), is a certified Energy Auditor and Trainer (CEA-AEE), and a “Consultant Engineer”, CE-JEA. He had his PhD from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA and his undergraduate studies from Yarmouk University/ Jordan. Prof. Kiwan worked as a professor of energy engineering and dean of the school of engineering and management of natural resources at German Jordanian University (2013-2015). He directed the energy center at JUST. Prof. Kiwan published many research articles in the field of energy engineering concentrating on renewable energy technologies. He taught many graduate and undergraduate courses in the mechanical and energy engineering at different universities inside and outside Jordan. Prof. Kiwan worked in establishing and directing the energy center at the ministry of energy and mineral resources (EEIAC) (1986-1990). He is a co-founder of DESERTEC University network (DUN), EU-MENA-RISE. Prof. Kiwan worked in many EU funded projects in TEMPUS, Erasmus+, and ENPI programs. Prof Kiwan is a co-founder of master programs on sustainable development and renewable energy at three Jordanian universities. Prof. Kiwan will discuss in his presentation the status quo of the energy sector in Jordan, and he will highlight the strategic goals of the renewable energy technologies in Jordan’s energy plans. Furthermore, he will discuss the importance and impact of renewable energy to the Energy mix on Jordan’s decarbonization plans.


1 Dr. Charles F. (Chuck) Kutscher is a Fellow and Senior Research Associate of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, a joint institute between the University of Colorado-Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He served as the Director of the Buildings and Thermal Sciences Center at NREL from 2013 until his retirement in 2018. He has worked in the field of renewable energy for over four decades, during which time he has led research in solar heating and cooling, building energy efficiency, solar industrial process heat, geothermal power, and concentrating solar power. He is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and served as the Society’s chair in 2000 and 2001. He chaired two national solar energy conferences (2006 and 2012) and led the ASES study, Tackling Climate Change in the U.S., a 200-page report detailing how energy efficiency and six renewable energy technologies can greatly reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 2030. He is the lead author of the just-released third edition of the college textbook, Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines. He obtained a B.S. in physics from the State University of New York at Albany, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder.


1 Mr. Nicos S. Kyriakides, is the Partner in charge of the Limassol Office and Head of Financial Advisory Services of Deloitte in Cyprus. He has extensive experience of more than 34 years in Audit, Corporate Finance, Business Consulting and International Tax planning. He has led a large number of Consultancy and Financial Advisory projects across different industries relating to Valuations, Mergers and Acquisitions and Due Diligence Reviews, Reorganisations of Groups of companies, Capital and Debt Restructurings, Forensic and Insolvency work, Fairness Opinion Reports and Public Offerings. Nicos has prepared studies for the financing of Renewable Energy projects, Marinas, Golf courses, Hotels and large Real Estate Development projects. Nicos is a Chartered Accountant, member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and holds a B.Sc. in Economics (Accounting & Finance) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


1 Prof. Manfred A. Lange received a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Kiel, Germany in 1980. After a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Californian Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA, he held a position as staff scientist/glaciologist at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. From 1992 to 1995, he was the Director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. Between 1995 and 2007, Manfred Lange was appointed full Professor in Geophysics at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany. Since 1998, he was also the Director of the University of Münster’s Center for Environmental Research. Manfred Lange has been and continuous to be coordinator and participant of numerous projects of the European Union and the European Science Foundation and has coordinated various nationally funded research projects in Germany, Finland and Cyprus. Since September 2007 until September 2015, he has been the founding Director of the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI) in Nicosia, Cyprus (www.cyi.ac.cy) and continues to serve as full Professor at EEWRC. Between April 2013 to October 2015, he was the acting Vice President for Research of CyI and since May 2015 until September 2017, he has been appointed as Acting Director of the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center at CyI. He currently serves as Director of the Future Earth MENA Regional Center, as well as Director of the MENA Regional Nodal Office for the Global Land Programme. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC) and is a member of the Facilitation Team for the Future Earth Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge Action Network (Nexus-KAN). His main research interests include the assessment of climate change impacts with a focus on water- and energy security, renewable energy sources and energy- and water use efficiency in the built environment.


1 Dr. Theodoulos Mesimeris is a Senior Environment Officer and head of Climate Action and Energy Unit at the Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment. Theodoulos holds a Chemical Engineering PhD from the National Technical University of Athens (2010). He also holds two MSc, one in Environmental Management from the European Association for Environmental Management Education and the other in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. His BEng was also in Chemical Engineering (the National Technical University of Athens, 1995). During Cyprus’ presidency of the European Union (2012), he chaired the European Working Party for International Environmental Issues on Climate Change. He has also participated in a number of private, governmental and European projects related to climate change and energy issues. As head of the Climate Action and Energy Unit he is:Implementing Cyprus’ climate, energy and environmental policy, Participating in processes for the harmonization of Cyprus with the European Union in the fields of climate change, energy and environment, Coordinating activities and programmes related to climate change, energy and the protection of the environment. Theodoulos has participate in national, regional and international conventions, committess and conferences related to climate change and environmenta, and actively contributed to environmental awareness-raising, sensitization and education of the public. Dr. Mesimeris has played an important role in the promotion of new legislation for climate change and environmental protection.


1 Dr. Fabio Maria Montagnino is an Italian physicist and innovator. After a fellowship in experimental research and simulation of biophysical systems at the University of Palermo and the Italian National Research Council, he moved to the industrial sector, participating as a corporate manager in research and internationalization processes. For the last twenty years, he's been promoting open innovation models through the generation of knowledge-based startups and technology transfer actions. He has been involved in more than 30 R&I projects and clustering actions, holding the role of coordinator in many of those. In the last decade, his interest has been focused on the sustainable development perspective and, specifically, on systems which could improve both generation and management of energy. He promoted the establishment of Consorzio ARCA, a public-private partnership for open innovation and the Solar Living Lab, a participated innovation platform, where a number of technologies have been developed, especially in the concentrating and high-efficiency solar systems. He's the author of 3 patents.


1 Dr. Alaric Montenon has been conducting research at the CyI since 2014 in the field of solar concentration technologies in the urban environment. He was in charge of the integration of the first Fresnel collector in the island of Cyprus for air-conditioning purpose. He has also contributed to the set-up of the PROTEAS facility at Pentakomo, Cyprus. He has been involved in more than 8 European funded projects in the field of thermal storage, concentration technologies and building efficiency. He holds a PhD from the University of Toulouse in electrical engineering. His thesis was titled “Analysis, mutualisation and optimization of the energy consumption of autonomous heliostats by the control for solar concentrated power plants”.


1 Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas is the President of the Cyprus Institute where he also leads the Energy Division in the Energy Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC). He holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served at CEA (Saclay, France) and on the faculty of the University of Illinois and the University of Athens. He directed the Institute of Accelerating Systems and Applications of Greece and the Physics Laboratory of the University of Athens. He chaired the Accreditation Council for Tertiary Education of the Republic of Cyprus (1998 -2006), and served the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology of the Hellenic Republic and the Science and innovation Council of the Republic of Cyprus. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europea) and of the Silk Road Academy of Sciences.


1 George Partasides (Department of Energy, Ministry of Energy) is an Industrial Extension Officer A’ in the Ministry of Energy for 10 years. He received his basic degree in Electrical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute of Cyprus and he was awarded a Bachelor Degree and Master of Science Degree from Sunny at Buffalo of New York in Electrical Engineering. At his current position in the Ministry is the coordinator of Renewable Energy Sources Sector and Energy Planning. His main duties deal with Policy making on the promotion of renewable energy sources. Coordinator of the Cyprus Roadmap for 2030, among different Departments (Electricity Authority of Cyprus, TSO, DSO and other Governmental Departments). Responsible for the revision of the National Action Plan for RES based on the new Directive (REDII). Coordination the preparation of the support schemes for the promotion of renewable energy sources and energy conservation, including undertaking feasibility studies on the most appropriate support for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency. He is the contact point and representative of Cyprus in International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) since 2010. Contact point for the Governance of the Energy Union for the Energy Service and coordinator of RES Working Group based on a Ministerial Decision. Participating in several EU Working Groups and modelling exercises like POTeNCIA, IDEES and METIS. Co-author in various Research Papers and participating in various Research proposals under Horizon 2020, Interegg, and RESTART.


1 Dr. Cédric Philibert is a senior analyst in the Renewable Energy Division of the International Energy Agency (IEA). He leads the division’s policy analysis on technologies, and works on renewable energy for hydrogen, industry and fuels. He authored the IEA renewable energy Technology Roadmaps on Concentrating Solar Power (2010), Hydropower (2012), Wind (2013), Solar Thermal Electricity (2014) and Solar Photovoltaics (2014). Mr. Philibert also wrote the 2011 IEA report Solar Energy Perspectives, and a report on Renewable Energy for Industry (2017). With a background in climate change, Mr. Philibert co-authored the IEA publications Beyond Kyoto (2002), and Act Locally Trade Globally (2005). A journalist by training, Mr. Philibert served as an advisor to the French Environment Minister from 1988-1990. In 1990 he published two books on climate change and on renewable energy. From 1992 to 1998 he served as advisor to the CEO of the French Agency for the Environment ADEME, before joining UNEP in 1998, then the IEA.With qualifications in political sciences and economics, Mr. Philibert has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed and other journals.


1 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Pitz-Paal is one of the two directors of DLR Solar Research Institute with more than 150 members of staff located in Cologne, Stuttgart, Jülich, Germany and Almería, Spain. This is the largest research institution in Germany working in the field of concentrating solar technologies. This position is jointly assigned with a professorship at Aachen University. In 2008 he was also visiting Professor at the ETH in Zurich. His main research areas are the technical analysis and optimisation of concentrating solar power systems for generating electricity and producing fuel. He serves as associate editor the Journal of Solar Energy and is the chairman of the SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) technology Cooperation Programme of the IEA. He is also member of the board of the German Industry Association of CSP (DeutscheCSP). Pitz-Paal received the Farington-Daniels Award of the International Energy Society in 2017.


1 Dr. Andreas Poullikkas holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in mechanical engineering, a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree in nuclear safety and turbomachinery, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in numerical analysis and a Doctor of Technology (D.Tech.) higher doctorate degree in energy policy and energy systems optimization from Loughborough University, U.K. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). He is currently the Chairman of the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) and the Chairman of the Cyprus Energy Strategy Council (both appointments by the President of Cyprus). In his professional career he has worked for academic institutions and for the industry, such as, a Visiting Faculty at Harvard University, USA, the Cyprus University of Technology (Professor of Power Systems and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering) and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (founder and director of the Research and Development Department). He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Power Technologies, Section Editor of the journal Current Alternative Energy, member of the Editorial Board of the journal Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments and the author of various peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and the author of eight books.


1 Dr. Manuel Romero, PhD in Chemical Engineering by Universidad de Valladolid (Spain), received the “Farrington Daniels Award” in 2009 by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), for his contributions to the development of high temperature solar concentrating systems. Guest Professor in summer 2007 and summer 2014 in the Professorship of Renewable Energy Carriers at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. He has been in 2002-2004 Director of the Plataforma Solar de Almería and the Director of the Renewable Energy Division of CIEMAT in Spain since June 2004 till August 2008. At present he is Deputy Director of the IMDEA Energy Institute and Principal Researcher of its Solar Energy R&D Unit with activities in high-flux modular concentrating solar power technologies and solar fuels and chemicals production. During his career he has participated in 58 collaborative R&D projects in energy research, 20 of them financed by the European Commission. He has been ExCo Member of the Implementing Agreement of the IEA on Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) and Operating Agent and ExCo Member at the Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES). He is at present member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Energy Research.


1 Prof. Michael Scoullos D.Sc, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Chemistry, UNESCO Chair & Network on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Chairman Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean, Greece.


1 Professor Despina Serghides is Adjunct professor at the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI), where she is the project leader of several European projects. Her research focuses on Bioclimatic design, Energy Efficiency, Energy conscious design, Indoor and outdoor Comfort and Sustainability in Architecture and the Urban Environment. Up until recently, she was professor at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). In the early 90s the results of her research for “Zero Energy for the Cyprus House” hit the headlines of the Cyprus press, and were reported internationally. She obtained her Doctorate and her Master in “Architecture, Energy & Environment” from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) London, UK, from where she also obtained her Diploma in Architecture and post-graduate studies in Planning. She is the president of the International Solar Energy Society of Cyprus (ISES), member of the executive Committee and member of the Board of Directors of ISES-Europe of which she was the president. She has acted as a consultant for the Cyprus Government and Parliamentary committees and has been the national scientific representative of the National Scientific and Technical Co-operations with Greece and China. She has a lot of scientific publications, she is editor in scientific journals and she was honoured with a lot of scholarships, awards and offices. She chairs and participates in organizing and scientific committees of International and National conferences, seminars and congresses in which she is invited as plenary or/and keynote speaker and presents her scientific research


1 Mr. Wesley Stein has been working in the development of CSP for the last 28 years. He is one of the key leaders in Australia and regarded internationally. He has been responsible for initiating and leading over $50M of CSP projects in the last 10 years, and grew the CSP team in CSIRO from a single person to 40 scientific and engineering staff. He has championed the role of leading edge technologies such as solar-driven supercritical CO2 cycles at high temperatures, and in particular has promoted the move from low to high technology readiness levels which resulted in the establishment of the National Solar Energy Facility in Australia. Mr Stein is presently Chief Technology Officer for the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute, and Chief Research Scientist for CSIRO’s Solar Group.


1 Dr. Theodoros Zachariadis holds a Diploma and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His postdoctoral work focused on the economic analysis of energy and environmental issues. He has worked as a researcher at the National Technical University of Athens and as a European Marie Curie fellow at the Economics Research Centre (ERC) of the University of Cyprus. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the Cyprus University of Technology, teaching environmental economics and energy resource management. He is also an academic fellow at ERC and an advisor to the Cypriot Ministries of Finance, Energy and Environment on economic aspects of climate change and long-term energy planning. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, an associate editor of the international Journal "Energy Economics" and a country representative of the European Association of Environmental and Research Economists. He is the recipient of the 2009 Research Prize of the Republic of Cyprus.