AEIPLOUS succesfully held local conference at Patras

Project partner AEIPLOUS succesfully held local conference at Patras (Greece)

Conference Hall of Patras Science Park, Greece

Thursday, 16th January 2014

The local conference for DIDSOLIT-PB organized by the Institute AEIPLOUS, was successfully completed at the premises of Patras Science Park (PSP) on Thursday, 16 January 2014. A large number of researchers, academics and representatives from regional and national stakeholders participated at the conference which focused on the presentation of the project DIDSOLIT-PB and the planning for the application of innovative solar energy technologies in Western Greece as well as the regional policies regarding the use of renewable energy sources at the building sector.


The Vice President and CEO of PSP, Prof. John Matsoukas gave the opening address of the conference stressing out the need for the application of such innovative technologies in the region of Western Greece. Prof. Vagelis Papadakis (AEIPLOUS, local project manager) presented the project DIDSOLIT-PB to the audience followed by Dr. Ilias Georgakopoulos (technical expert of AEIPLOUS) who presented the five proposed innovative technologies that utilize solar energy.

The representative of Intermediate Managing Authority of the Region of Western Greece, Mr. Nikos Thomopoulos, presented the regional innovation strategy as well as the policies which promote the use of renewable energy in the region of Western Greece while the President of the Technical Chamber of Greece/Department of Western Greece, Mr. Athanasios Giannadakis, underlined the importance of these programs and initiatives as well as the importance of urban planning that should accompany the installation of such technologies in public (or private) buildings. Following, the researcher Vassilis Kapsalis presented solar cooling technologies which can be applied in buildings, while Dr. Athanasios Fatsikostas focused on the prospects of photovoltaic systems in Western Greece. In the final session of the conference, the four candidate public buildings in Western Greece were presented, of which one will be selected for the installation of a decentralized solar energy system. The conference concluded with the presentations by Eleni Arvaniti and Maria Efstathiou, research associates of Institute AEIPLOUS, on the cost – benefit analysis of the five solar energy technologies as well as actions and activities towards the capitalisation of the project’s results.

Of particular interest were the interventions made during the presentations by Prof. John Trypanagnostopoulos from the University of Patras, regarding aggregate solar systems, while Mr. Panagiotis Tsekouras, representative from the Greek national entity for the promotion of renewable energy sources in Greece, CRES, testified the experience of CRES in implementing innovative technologies utilizing solar energy. The audience of the conference also had the opportunity to see stirling engines that were built and presented by Mr. Stefanos Kasdaglis. Finally, constructive debate took place and experiences/views were exchanged at the end of the conference.

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