First-Ever Conference on the Role of CSP in Decarbonising the Mediterranean and Middle East: Cyprus and Online

The Decarbonisation of the Energy Sector 
in the Mediterranean Region and Middle East – The Role of CSP

Conference Topics:

  • General overview of the climate change challenges and strategies adapted to address them
  • The role of energy transition in mitigating and adapting climate change in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle-East (EMME)
  • The Technological Frontier as it applies to the EMME Region
  • Hydrocarbons and Renewables: Conflicts and Opportunities
  • Regional and International Approaches

The Mediterranean and Middle East face potentially alarming consequences from climate change, as all relevant scientific studies show. Given the geopolitics of the area, the repercussions could be of global significance unless anticipatory actions are taken. Having been recognised as a “hotspot” in terms of climate impacts, the need for mitigation and especially adaptation measures is urgent.

Because of its vast solar potential, the region can benefit greatly from the significant opportunities arising from the necessary transition to a low-carbon economy. The challenges, but also the opportunities, of decarbonisation of the Energy Sector in the Mediterranean and Middle East are immense. 

The planned conference is intended to provide a stimulating dialog among leading Policy Makers, Scientists, Industry Leaders and other Stakeholders from around the world on the role of Concentrated Solar Thermal technologies in contributing to addressing these challenges in the Mediterranean and Middle East.

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Climate conscious participation is encouraged:

Both speakers and attendees will be able to fully participate online as well as in Cyprus. This conference will be run in a hybrid-format with full interactive functionality online. 

To join and contribute online: Register here to join the conference from your time zone
To participate locally: Please, go to the Registration Section of the Conference Website and follow the instructions to register online to attend the conference in-person. You can also register during the conference at the conference venue, which is The Cyprus Institute, NTL Building, Nicosia, Cyprus, seen in this video:

Program: (local times in Cyprus)

Thursday, Nov 29
Time Duration (minutes) Event Speaker Information
08:00 30 Registration
08:30 Session 1 – Welcome and keynote presentations
08:30 30 Welcome Mr. Antonis Ioannou, Acting Director of Energy Service on behalf of  Georgios Lakkotrypis, H.E. Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, The Republic of Cyprus
09:00 30 The 2030 EU climate and energy framework – The role and prospects of RES in the decarbonisation challenge Dr. Theodoulos Mesimeris, Senior Environment Officer and Head of Climate and Energy Unit, Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Cyprus
09:30 30 Climate change, impacts and mitigation: implications for energy transition Dr. Joel Guiot, CNRS, CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France
10:00 30 The Race to Zero Carbon Dr. Charles (Chuck) Kutscher, Fellow and Senior Research Associate at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado, United States
10:30 30 The value proposition of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies Prof. Manuel Blanco, PhD, Dr.Ing, ERA Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean, Energy Division, Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), The Cyprus Institute, Vice-Chair of the International Energy Agency’s SolarPACES Technology Collaboration Program, Cyprus
11:00 30 The role of CSP in the Energy Transition Dr. Cédric Philibert, Senior Analyst at the Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
11:30 30 Coffee Break
12:00 Session 2 – Climate Change and Energy Transition challenges and opportunities for the Mediterranean and the Middle East (MME)
12:00 30 Model projections of climate change in the Mediterranean and the Greater Middle East Dr Panos Hadjinicolaou, Associate Professor, Atmosphere and Climate Division, Energy Environment & Water Research Center (EEWRC), The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
12:30 30 Climate Change challenges in the EMME region and possible energy solutions Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas, President of the Cyprus Institute and Director of the Energy Division, Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
13:00 30 Socioeconomic impacts of RES deployment Mr. Emanuele Bianco, Associate Programme Officer – Knowledge, Policy and Finance Center (KPFC), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
13:30 60 Lunch Break
14:30 Session 3 – The technological frontier of CSP technologies (I)
14:30 30 Thermal energy storage applied to CSP Prof. Nicolas Calvet, Assistant Professor, Chair of the Masdar Institute Solar Platform of the Concentrated Solar Power and Thermal Energy Storage Unit, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates
15:00 30 CSP technologies for electricity production and process heat – global overview Mr. Wesley Stein, Solar Research Leader at the Solar Group, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia
15:30 15 Challenges of volumetric receivers in CSP Dr. Cyril Caliot, Senior Scientist at CNRS, PROMES, Odeillo, France
15:45 15 CSP-DSW concept and potential Dr. Marios C Georgiou, Head of the PROTEAS Facility Operations, Energy, Environment and Water Research Center, The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
16:00 30 Coffee Break
16:30 Session 4 – PANEL on The Role of Dispatchable Renewable Energy Technologies in the Competitive Electricity Market
16:30 30 Large scale integration of renewable energy systems into electricity markets Dr. Andreas Poullikkas, PhD, DTech, FIET, Chairman, Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority, Cyprus
17:00 30 CSP: the cost competitive carbon free choice for evening and night dispatch profile Dr. Luis Crespo, President of the Euro Mediterranean Solar Thermal Electricity Association
17:30 30 Panel TBD
18:00 Welcome Reception
Friday, Nov 30 2018
Time Duration (minutes) Event Speaker Information
09:00 Session 5 – The potential contribution of solar thermal technologies to the Energy Transition in the MME (I)
09:00 30 A potential example: Portugal, 2030 and beyond Prof. Manuel Collares-Pereira, Renewable Energies Chair at the Institute for Advanced Studies and Research, University of Évora
09:30 30 Challenges for Decarbonizing the Cypriot Economy – The Uncertain Path to 2030 and 2050 Dr. Theodoros Zachariadis, Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science and Technology, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
10:00 30 CSP and the energy transition of Cyprus: Modelling potential futures Dr. Nestor Fylaktos, Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC), the Cyprus Institute
10:30 30 Coffee Break
11:00 Session 6 – The potential contribution of solar thermal technologies to the Energy Transition in the MME (II)
11:00 30 Desalination: Review of current market status and challenges for decarbonisation by solar energy Dr. Diego-César Alarcón-Padilla, Head of the Solar Desalination R&D Unit at CIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain
11:30 30 Facing the booming A/C demand through the solar resource Dr. Fabio Maria Montagnino, General Director Consorzio ARCA, Italy
12:00 15 Lowering the CO2 Emissions at the Smart Urban Isle for Sustainable Cities Prof. Arch. Despina Serghides, PhD, AA Grad., AA Dipl., RIBA, President ISES-Cyprus, Adjunct professor at the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
12:15 15 Solar concentration system for the built environment, the CyI experience Dr. Alaric Christian Montenon, Associate Research Scientist at Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
12:30 60 Lunch Break
13:30 Session 7 – The technological frontier of CPS technologies (II)
13:30 30 Solar-driven thermochemical processes Dr. Manuel Romero, PhD. Deputy Director of IMDEA Energy Institute. Spain
14:00 15 The EOS 50 MW CSP Project in Cyprus Mr. Nicos S. Kyriakides, Senior Partner, Head of Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte, Cyprus
14:15 15 Multiple Effect Distillation for Desalination combined with CSP Dr. Aristides M. Bonanos, Assistant Professor, Energy Division, Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
14:30 15 Heterogeneous Catalysis for Solar Fuels Prof. Angelos M Efstathiou, Chemistry Department, University of Cyprus (Editor, Catalysis Communications Journal), Cyprus
14:45 15 Robust optimization of aim-point strategies in central receiver power plants Dr. Jeffrey Cumpston, Postdoctoral Researcher, Chair of Process Systems Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
15:00 15 R&D Focus of DLR in the field of CSP Prof. Robert Pitz-Paal, Director of the Institute of Solar Research, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Chair of the International Energy Agency’s SolarPACES Technology Collaboration Program, Germany
15:15 30 Coffee Break
15:45 Session 8 – PANEL on energy options and Climate Change
15:45 30 General Overview of the Governance of the Energy Union towards 2030 targets – Cyprus Challenges and Pathways Mr. George Partasides, BSc., MSc., Electrical Engineering, Industrial Extension Officer, Energy Service, Ministry of Energy, Commerce Industry & Tourism, Cyprus
16:15 60 Panel TBD
17:15 End
20:00 Conference Dinner
Saturday, Dec 1 2018
Time Duration (minutes) Event Speaker Information
09:00 Session 9 – Regional and International Approaches (i)
09:00 30 Decarbonisation of Energy viewed within the Energy-Water-Food-Ecosystems “nexus” 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
09:30 30 The approach of Morocco to decarbonise the energy sector and address climate change challenges and opportunities Hicham Bouzekri, Ph.D., Directeur R&D et Intégration Industrielle, MASEN, Morocco
10:00 15 Decarbonising the Energy Sector in the MENA Region: A Future Earth Perspective Prof. Manfred Lange, Director, Future Earth MENA Regional Center, Professor  Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
10:15 15 Decarbonization in Jordan’s electricity sector Professor of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Dean of Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid Jordan
10:30 30 Coffee Break
15:45 Session 10 – Regional and International Approaches (ii)
11:00 30 Hydrocarbons in the EMME region and Climate Change Dr. Charles Ellinas, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Cyprus
11:30 15 Small-scale multigenerative concentrating solar thermal plants in the Mediterranean area: the case of the MATS project Dr. Alberto Giaconia, PhD, Solar Thermal and Thermodynamic Division (STT), Energy Technologies Department (DTE), ENEA – Casaccia Research Center, Rome, Italy
11:45 15 Turkey’s Approach to Decarbonising the Energy Sector: A Renewable Energy Perspective Prof. Derek K. Baker, Co-Director of ODAK, Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department, Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM), Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey
12:00 30 Session 11 – Conference closing and wrap-up Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas, President of the Cyprus Institute and Director of the Energy Division, Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus
12:30 End


For more information: contact Mr. George Kirkos at or at +357 22 208 744

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