• MENA Hybrid Solar System

    Energy demand in all MENA countries is rising 5–10% pa. Most MENA countries satisfy their energy demand with fossil resources despite the fact that there is an excellent availability and quality of solar radiation. Yet the implementation of renewable energies in the MENA region is developing slowly. One reason for this is among others low confidence in the base load capacity of renewables. This project aims to support the implementation of solar energy systems in the MENA region by following a holistic approach covering aspects of cost, reliability and dispatchability. A combination of PV (Photovoltaics) and CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) systems is investigated, in order to harvest the advantages of both systems: easy installation and low LCOE (levelized cost of electricity) for PV, versatility and dispatchability of CSP. The main objectives of the project HyMenSo are:

    • The continuation of the multilateral cooperation towards the innovative application of solar technologies adapted to the MENA region’s market.
    • Create a data base of relevant local conditions for CSP and PV plants, such as meteorological data, industry capacity, energy demand, current energy production, and grid capacity.
    • Develop country specific solar energy roadmaps and concepts for combination of PV and CSP.
    • Enhance local content.
    • Address true demands and requirements of the MENA countries.
    • Knowledge transfer and capacity building among the partner countries both on the academic and industrial level.
    • Achieve successful demonstration in commercial applications with the optimal combination of available technologies.

    The consortium with R&D institutions from Tunisia, Algeria, Greece , Germany, and Jordan is particularly eligible to conduct these activities because it is a well-established network from the enerMENA project. The enerMENA project (2009 – 2014) funded by the German ministry for foreign affairs, was initiated in order to pave the way for the DESERTEC.

    More details about the project can be found in:

  • Identification of nitrogen isotope sources in precipitation using source-apportionment methodologies

    As of 8th June 2018, the LAPUP signed a new research contract with the Isotope Hydrology Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency, entitled "Identification of nitrogen isotope sources in precipitation using source-apportionment methodologies". The project is part ofthe Coordinated Research Program of the IAEA "Global Monitoring of Nitrogen Isotopes in Atmospheric Waters"; it will be concluded on May 28, 2021.


  • IREEDER: Introducing recent engineering developments into undergraduate curriculum

    IREEDER aims to to improve the capacity of high education in Jordan in the fields of  Renewable Energy (RE), Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber Security (CS),  using state of the art technology and training staff on improving the quality of the materials taught by making best use of these technologies. The project duration is 3 years (2019-2022), is coordinated by the Al-Hussein Bin Talal University (Jordan) and is co-funded by Erasmus+ program of the European Union....


850 hPa isobaric maps processed database

You can download the image proceeded database used in the experiments described in our paper

Zagouras A., Argiriou A.A., Economou G., Fotopoulos S., Flocas H.A., ‘Weather Maps Classification over Greek domain based on Isobaric Line Patterns: A Pattern Recognition Approach’, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, in press, online 14 March 2013. doi: 10.1007/s00704-013-0870-8

from <here>. You can use it for educational non-commercial purposes, by citing the paper mentioned above. The dataset consists of 296 binary JPEG images, with a resolution of 354x286 pixels, organized into 8 folders corresponding to the 8 different circulation types over Greece. Each image shows the trace of the characteristic isobaric line of each weather map. More details are provided in the paper.