The Cyprus Institute was founded in 2005 with a mission to help transform Cyprus into a knowledge economy and to act as a gateway for science and innovation between the EU and the EMME region, taking advantage of its geopolitical setting. It is a science and technology, research and postgraduate education, non-governmental, non-profit organization governed by an international Board of Trustees and funded principally by the Cyprus Government.

CyI considers research, innovation and education on Solar Energy as top priority, in particular within the interdisciplinary climate-energy-water nexus, of particular relevance to Cyprus and the EMME region. The first research centre of CyI, founded in 2007 in partnership with MIT, is the Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC). Within it, an Energy Division has been operating since 2010 and is one of the two largest groups in EEWRC and the Institute. It has developed and pursued an innovative concept for the co-generation of electricity and desalinated seawater via concentrated solar power.

CyI team members:

Dr. Kypros Milidonis is an Associate Research Scientist at The Cyprus Institute (CyI) since March 2018. He is the Principal Investigator of the Nano4CSP project on behalf of CyI. He holds a 5-year Diploma Degree (BSc and MEng) in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics (2008) and a PhD in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (2015), both from University of Patras (GR). After a short post-doc at the same Institute, he secured a position as a Research Associate/Scholar at the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge, UK, working on energy conversion systems with emphasis on aerospace industry applications. Kypros is a highly experienced research Engineer/Academic with excellent technical, experimental and computational skills combined with strong academic and theoretical background. He has multiyear experience in participation and management of cutting edge joint research projects in close collaboration with the industry (funded by various sources such as the Horizon 2020, Aerospace Technology Institute (UK), Innovate UK, Rolls Royce Aerospace). He has a solid background in experimental and computational Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, and he is expert in and Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering and Energy Conversion Systems, extending over a wide range of subjects, from fundamental theoretical research to applied industrial applications.

In March 2008, Dr. Milidonis joined forces with the Advanced Renewable Energy Systems (ARES) group of CyI, focusing on enhancing the research, operational capabilities and multidisciplinarity of the group by bringing his expertise and cross-fertilizing his skills and know-how to the rest of the ARES’ team capabilities. Despite his relatively short presence in CyI, this cross-fertilization resulted into the application of two international patents. Kypros is the lead scientist responsible for the scientific/technical infrastructure development of the ARES group, and he is also contributing in the development of advanced computer tools for the analysis and design of the Light collection and concentration subsystem of CST tower systems.Kypros has a strong record of peer-reviewed publications (>35) in high impact journals and international conferences, and apart from research he has a wide range of teaching experiences including classroom lecturing, laboratory instructing, thesis supervision and mentoring, e.t.c. He is also acting as a reviewer in various high impact journals in the field of Aerospace, Energy, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics.