Nicosia, Cyprus
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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 1.43M | Year: 2009

Water heaters are on the list of appliances mandatory for EU energy labelling, but this has not been implemented pending appropriate test standards. The objective of this project is to develop a Domestic Electrical Storage Water Heater (DESWH) which will meet the label requirements best possible rating in the suggested, mandatory EU EcoDesign scheme which will enter into force in 2013 . With the labelling system in place, only DESWHs in class A and B will be allowed on the market. NONE of the existing DESWHs would today meet these requirements . The voluntary CECED target lies between the D- and Erated appliances, behind the more stringent US MEPS . The analysis made for EC DG Energy on energy efficiency recommends support of R&D activities with particular focus on improved insulation and intelligent control systems. This project will reduce the heat loss with more than 40% compared with todays products with its commercial insulation technology, by developing an aerogel based insulation solution. The DESWH will also have an integrated temperature control regime with the the same life length as the DESWH of 25 years. To compensate for the increase in production cost, we will explore and develop an innovative production method for the inner tanks, where deep drawn steel parts are glued together. As making it possible to introduce less expensive material qualities, to reduce material thicknesses and to avoid the costly and energy consuming welding process, this will reduce production costs by 30%. With the EcoWaterHeater, the customers will be offered a product with a unique life-cycle cost and the smallest ecological footprint among water heaters in Europe.

The e-FlyWatch project addresses a major problem faced by Fruit, Vegetable & Olive (FVO) grower SMEs throughout Europe; a problem acknowledged in numerous scientific studies and in many official EU reports. In particular, the project aims in the development of a novel monitoring system for managing & controlling the population of two of the worlds most destructive fruit pests: the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata, medfly) and the Olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae Rossi - formerly Dacus oleae). The apparent benefits from the use of the e-FlyWatch system are the reduction of the resulting damages in FVO production, as well as the sustainable use of insecticide agents. The above targets will be met with the development of e-FlyWatch system, which will include a novel autonomous and wireless trap and a Local Station that will receive data from the traps, and analyze them using integrated optical recognition software. Processed data will be (a) sent to end user via SMS, providing basic information like warnings, reporting, etc (b) transmitted to a Central Station, providing statistical information, density maps, prediction models, etc. The e-FlyWatch system will allow a) producers to immediately take action and minimize crop damages & b) advanced users, authorities, researchers, to evaluate control methods and pesticides effectiveness. This proposal offers an advanced Integrated Pest Management Solution for medfly and dacus and addresses all the great challenges faced by the SMEs in this sector, thus offering an attractive market opportunity for the participating SMEs that offer such products and services to the FVO growers. The consortium includes interested SME partners through the whole supply chain of the sector with international sales networks, as well as research partners with extensive relevant research experience.

Xeni F.,Cyprus University of Technology | Eleftheriou P.,Cyprus University of Technology | Michaelides I.,Cyprus University of Technology | Hadjiyiannis S.,CNE Technology Ltd | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Sustainable Energy | Year: 2015

The present work aims to establish the thermal characteristics and actual thermal behaviour of typical residential houses in Cyprus under real weather conditions. For this purpose, a wireless web-based monitoring system has been deployed covering 44 different houses, geographically spread all over Cyprus. Construction materials varied amongst each house, resulting in a theoretical U-value range of 0.467–1.389 W/m2 K. Calibrated temperature sensors were installed and measurements were conducted at 30-min intervals for each individual house. The indoor air temperature of each house, the outside (ambient) air temperature, and the internal and external wall surface temperatures have continuously been monitored for a period of 15 months. Processing the above-mentioned data has led to the establishment of the mean indoor air temperature of the typical Cypriot residence and calculation of the U-value for each individual wall, facing north, south, east and west, including the roof, comprising the building envelope. Variations of the calculated U-value of up to 25% for each wall orientation were observed, even though construction materials of each wall remain the same. Furthermore, deviations of up to 30% from the theoretical U-value calculation were also observed. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Diofantos H.G.,Cyprus University of Technology | Panayiotis P.,CNE Technology Ltd. | Elias P.,CNE Technology Ltd. | Georgiou G.K.,Novatex Solutions Ltd. | Kyriacos T.,Cyprus University of Technology
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering | Year: 2010

A national system for monitoring the population increase of agricultural pest "Lobesia Botrana" (vine moth/fly that attacks grapes) in Cyprus has been developed. The system comprises of automated delta traps with GPS that use wireless(Wi-Fi) camera, automated image analysis for identification of the specific fly species, Wi-Fi technology for transferring the data using mobile telephony network to a central station for result presentation and analysis. A GIS database was developed and included details of the pilot vineyards, environmental conditions and daily data of the number of captured flies from each automated trap. The results were compared with MODIS and LANDSAT satellite thermal images since the appearance of the vine fly is greatly dependent on the microclimate temperatures (degree days). Results showed that satellite data can estimate accurately the appearance of the vine fly. The proposed system can be an important tool for the improvement of a national Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system and it can also be used for monitoring other agricultural pests and insects. © 2010 Copyright SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.

Angeli S.,University of Cyprus | Panayiotou C.,University of Cyprus | Psimolophitis E.,CNE Technology Ltd | Nicolaou M.,CNE Technology Ltd | Constantinides C.,University of Cyprus
Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures | Year: 2015

This study presents an experimental methodology for the uniaxial stress-strain characterization of urethane and polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA) samples, and compares elicited results with an image-based methodology, simulations, and theory. Elicited results at 40% strain yield error differences between the experimentally measured and the simulated strain of-10 and-20% for the urethane and PVA samples, respectively. The corresponding stress differences were-22 and 11%. Experimental stress-strain responses were fitted using a piecewise linear model (urethane) and using a two-parameter Ogden constitutive model (PVA), based on the over-parameterization criterion. This work directly compares experimental and computational methodologies for the characterization of bio-materials and quantifies the elicited errors. © 2015 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.6.3 | Award Amount: 3.99M | Year: 2010

ENERGY WARDEN (EW) addresses the optimisation of renewable energy technology (RET) deployment in the building domain. EW will develop and market the following products:\n\nSIMULATOR (EW-S): A simulator and modelling tool, including dynamic models for energy producing, storing and using units that may provide decision aid when designing or retrofitting energy infrastructures at the building domain. Important to highlight is that the simulator will be run in a short and a long term time frame; that of 1-4 days and that of a year. The first time-frame will be driven by meteorological forecast data, which have a large level of confidence for this time-frame. The first time frame delivers set points to the EW Controller, whereas the more long term one is more suitable for assessing RET investment scenaria.\n\nCONTROLLER (EW-C): The controller will be based on an expert system/ neural network approach and will provide real time control of the RET infrastructure. The real time controller will manage how energy is allocated between uses, stores, and possibilities to be fed back to the energy network. The EW-C may also unveil energy use trends, particularly useful for the simulator. In this way, the EW-S and the EW-C form a closed loop. The EW-C will include a data collection module, low cost hardware including sensors and data loggers/ transmitters, which will be deployed at the building over a period of time and facilitate the collection of data. It is emphasized that emerging wireless protocols will be a key aspect of this data collection, as such systems are particularly important in the case of energy retrofit action, where wired sensors may be impossible or costly to install.\n\nPOLICY (EW-P): A higher level functionality will support policy conformance and emission trading, allowing to monitor the building performance, old and new, against existing policies or standards, including the EU directive on building energy as well as supporting the capability for use in emission trading calculations.\n\nEW will be an open, standard compliant, system, able to support many new, upcoming, supply/ store/ use options that are constantly entering the market.

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