Prof. Soteris KALOGIROU
Cyprus University of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering
Soteris Kalogirou is Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. Currently, he is the chairman of the Department. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glamorgan (UK) in 1995. In June 2011, he received the title of D.Sc. from the University of Glamorgan. For more than 30 years, he has been actively involved in research in the area of solar energy and particularly in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination and absorption cooling. He has a large number of books and papers in international scientific journals. He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, and Editorial Board Member of another eleven journals. He is the editor of the book Artificial Intelligence in Energy and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Nova Science Inc., co-editor of the book Soft Computing in Green and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Springer and author of the books Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, and Thermal Solar Desalination: Methods and Systems, published by Academic Press of Elsevier.
Renewable Energy Systems
Current status and prospects
This presentation examines the current status of renewables in the world. The presentation starts with some facts about the climate change, global warming and the effects of human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels on the climate problem. It then examines the current status of conventional resources of energy such as oil, coal and natural gas and their reserves based on current consumption and known resources, followed by a general outline of the status of renewables in the world, which includes the shares with respect to conventional fuel use for electricity and power and jobs created. Then the basic forms of renewables are examined in some detail, which include solar thermal, both for low and high temperature applications, photovoltaics, hydro power, onshore and offshore wind energy systems and biomass/biofuels. In all these the basic technology is presented followed by the current status as well as the prospects of the technology and new research findings. Finally, some basic facts about the Renewable Energy Journal in which the speaker is the Editor in Chief are presented.