MINOAN

MINOAN
Smart Sustainable Energy Conversion & Management

MINOANSmart Sustainable Energy Conversion & Management

Mission

Partnerships with public and private stakeholders, to develop research and innovation projects related to smart and sustainable energy, ranging from the side of power production down to power consumption, including its distribution level and storage. Circular economy aspects are taken into consideration, aiming at the energy transition of the power, heating and cooling sector, with emphasis on the design and development of new technologies to address the need for a holistic transformation of the current energy portfolio, mainly investigating and promoting the synergy of innovative as well of currently available mature technologies, in an integrated operational way, accounting their requirement for smartification and sustainability.

Research focus

  • New innovative technologies for energy production and storage with low or near-zero environmental footprint.
  • Modeling and optimization of advanced energy systems and networks for electricity & cooling / heating production.
  • Smart cities and neighborhood networks with a positive energy balance and a low environmental footprint.
  • Development of circular economy applications including life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle cost (LCC) and social life cycle acceptance (sLCA).

Main scientific directions

  1. Modeling of Energy Systems using One-Dimensional Process Models and Computational Fluid Dynamics Models. Design, development and optimization of energy resource systems and processes, using reliable computational methods. This Direction is divided into two subgroups, the first of which deals with the development and implementation of One-Dimensional Dynamic Process Models using computational packages such as Dymola, APROS and Aspen, while the second one with the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models and algorithms, house-built, on the basis of commercial platforms as ANSYSTM. Their range of applications extends to:
    1. technologies related to the decarbonisation of processes based on fossil fuels, ranging from small (pilot) to large (industrial) scale,
    2. CO₂ capture and storage systems, 
    3. technologies for the production and distribution of electricity and thermal energy, based on RES, ranging from building level up to the level of low and medium voltage network, as well as to the level of smart communities and cities, and, finally,
    4. to energy units that utilize biomass, waste and/or upgraded fuels.
  2. Modeling of energy storage systems. Dimensioning, optimization and simulation of heating, cooling, and electricity storage systems operation through the development of dynamic models in specialized computer process simulation packages (Aspen Plus Dynamic, Dymola, APROS). For the development of the models, the libraries of the computer packages are enriched with house-built subroutines/modelers.
  3. Smart grids, smart cities and smart energy management of microgrids. Expertise in software solutions is being developed in the context of “smart cities”. Our team has been involved in a number of smart cities research projects and has published numerous scientific articles on energy management both at a city and building level, load forecasting and RES generation, peak load management, feasibility of local energy communities, as well as micro-grids studied as a building block for the evolution of “smart grids”, employing modern and innovative computational methods (load flow analysis, state estimation, predictive control), in most of the cases using house developed open source tools (eg Python, Modelica).
  4. Energy Transition to Islands. Participation in a series of projects aimed at implementing innovative or well-established energy transition solutions in geographical islands. These solutions are based on renewable energy sources, storage, building renovation, energy management, e-mobility, etc.
  5. Technical and regulatory issues of propulsion engines in marine applications.

Projects & Activities

LEET

ConsenCUS

KOH.051030, KOH.051038 

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SOLARSCO2OL

KOH.051023  

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COMMUNITAS

KOH.051062, 031073, 021246 

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RENplusHOMES

KOH 051066, 021277 

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eLITHE

KOH.51087, 51086 

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Reformers

KOH.51081, KOH.051085, KOH.021336  

Personnel

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Alevizos Petros

Scientific Personnel
, Mathematician
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Alexandrou Alexandros

Scientific Personnel
, Computer Science, Electrical Engineer
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Anagnostopoulou Elissavet

Administrative & Technical Staff
, Business Administration, MSc
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Antonoudis Sotirios Efstathios

Scientific Personnel
, Environmental Engineer, MSc
LEET

Antypa Despina

Scientific Personnel
, Chemical Engineer, MSc
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Apostolopoulos Vasilios

Scientific Personnel
, Civil Engineer
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Atsonios Konstantinos

Collaborating Researcher PhD
, Civil Engineer, PhD
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Bellos Evaggelos

Collaborating Researcher PhD
, Mechanical Engineer, PhD
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Chairopoulos Nikolaos Charalampos

Scientific Personnel
, Mechanical Engineer, MSc
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Chatzigeorgiou Helen

Scientific Personnel
, Mechanical Engineer, MSc
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Dimitrakellis Panagiotis

Collaborating Researcher PhD
, Chemical Engineer, PhD
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Dogas George

Scientific Personnel
, PhD, Physicist
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Drosatos Panagiotis

Collaborating Researcher PhD
, Mechanical Engineer, PhD
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Fotopoulou Maria

Scientific Personnel
, Electrical Engineer
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Giourka Paraskevi

Collaborating Researcher PhD
, Civil Engineer, PhD
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Iakovidis Giannis

Scientific Personnel
, Mathematician, MSc
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Iliadis Petros

Scientific Personnel
, Mechanical Engineer, MSc
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Itskos Grigorios

Collaborating Researcher PhD
, Chemist, PhD
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Kagkalos Theodosios

Scientific Personnel
, Economist
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Kakanis Ilias

Collaborating Researcher PhD
, PhD, Production & Management Engineer

Publications

Rakopoulos C., Rakopoulos D., Kyritsis D., Andritsakis E., Mavropoulos G.

Exergy evaluation of equivalence ratio, compression ratio and residual gas effects in variable compression ratio spark-ignition engine using quasi-dimensional combustion modeling

2022

Energy Volume 2441 April 2022 Article number 123080, ISSN 03605442

Zannis T., Katsanis J., Christopoulos G., Yfantis E., Papagiannakis R., Pariotis E., Rakopoulos D., Rakopoulos C., Vallis A. 

Marine Exhaust Gas Treatment Systems for Compliance with the IMO 2020 Global Sulfur Cap and Tier III NOx Limits: A Review

2022

Energie Open AccessVolume 15, Issue 10May-2 2022 Article number 3638, ISSN 19961073

Zisopoulos G., Detsios N., Atsonios K., Nikolopoulos N., Grammelis P.

Process Analysis and Design Considerations of a Low Carbon Methanol Synthesis Plant from Lignite/Waste Gasification

2022

Fuels, 2022, 3, pp. 245-274

Zannis T., Papagiannakis R., Pariotis E., Rakopoulos D., Vallis A.

Achievement of NO Emission-Free Operation of a HSDI Diesel Engine Using Nitrogen Enrichment of Intake Air and Implications on Performance and Soot Emissions

2022

Journal of Energy Engineering Volume 148, Issue 31 June 2022, Article number 04022015, ISSN 07339402

Papatsounis A., Botsaris P., Lymperopoulos K., Rotas R., Kanellia Z., Iliadis P., Nikolopoulos N. 

Operation assessment of a hybrid solar-biomass energy system with absorption refrigeration scenarios

2022

Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental Effects Volume 44, Issue 1, Pages 700 -7172022, ISSN 15567036

Rotas R., Iliadis P., Nikolopoulos N., Tomboulides A., Kosmatopoulos E., 

Dynamic Simulation and Performance Enhancement Analysis of a Renewable Driven Trigeneration System

2022

Energies Open Access Volume 15, Issue 10 May-2 2022, Article number 3688, ISSN 19961073

Anca-Couce A., von Berg L., Pongratz G., Scharler R., Hochenauer Ch., Geusebroek M., Kuipers J., Vilela C., Kraia T., Panopoulos K., Funcia I., Dieguez-Alonso A. 

Assessment of measurement methods to characterize the producer gas from biomass gasification with steam in a fluidized bed

2022

Biomass and Bioenergy Open Access Volume 16, 3 August 2022, Article number 106527, ISSN 09619534

Apostolopoulos V., Apostolopoulos V., Giourka P., Martinopoulos G., Angelakoglou K., Kourtzanidis K., Nikolopoulos N. 

Smart readiness indicator evaluation and cost estimation of smart retrofitting scenarios – A comparative case-study in European residential buildings

2022

Sustainable Cities and Society Open Access Volume 8, 2July 2022, Article number 103921, ISSN 22106707

Rakopoulos C., Rakopoulos D., Kyritsis D., Andritsakis E., Mavropoulos G.

Exergy evaluation of equivalence ratio, compression ratio and residual gas effects in variable compression ratio spark-ignition engine using quasi-dimensional combustion modeling

2022

Energy Volume 2441 April 2022 Article number 123080, ISSN 03605442

Zannis T., Katsanis J., Christopoulos G., Yfantis E., Papagiannakis R., Pariotis E., Rakopoulos D., Rakopoulos C., Vallis A. 

Marine Exhaust Gas Treatment Systems for Compliance with the IMO 2020 Global Sulfur Cap and Tier III NOx Limits: A Review

2022

Energie Open AccessVolume 15, Issue 10May-2 2022 Article number 3638, ISSN 19961073

Zisopoulos G., Detsios N., Atsonios K., Nikolopoulos N., Grammelis P.

Process Analysis and Design Considerations of a Low Carbon Methanol Synthesis Plant from Lignite/Waste Gasification

2022

Fuels, 2022, 3, pp. 245-274

Zannis T., Papagiannakis R., Pariotis E., Rakopoulos D., Vallis A.

Achievement of NO Emission-Free Operation of a HSDI Diesel Engine Using Nitrogen Enrichment of Intake Air and Implications on Performance and Soot Emissions

2022

Journal of Energy Engineering Volume 148, Issue 31 June 2022, Article number 04022015, ISSN 07339402

Papatsounis A., Botsaris P., Lymperopoulos K., Rotas R., Kanellia Z., Iliadis P., Nikolopoulos N. 

Operation assessment of a hybrid solar-biomass energy system with absorption refrigeration scenarios

2022

Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental Effects Volume 44, Issue 1, Pages 700 -7172022, ISSN 15567036

Rotas R., Iliadis P., Nikolopoulos N., Tomboulides A., Kosmatopoulos E., 

Dynamic Simulation and Performance Enhancement Analysis of a Renewable Driven Trigeneration System

2022

Energies Open Access Volume 15, Issue 10 May-2 2022, Article number 3688, ISSN 19961073

Anca-Couce A., von Berg L., Pongratz G., Scharler R., Hochenauer Ch., Geusebroek M., Kuipers J., Vilela C., Kraia T., Panopoulos K., Funcia I., Dieguez-Alonso A. 

Assessment of measurement methods to characterize the producer gas from biomass gasification with steam in a fluidized bed

2022

Biomass and Bioenergy Open Access Volume 16, 3 August 2022, Article number 106527, ISSN 09619534

Apostolopoulos V., Apostolopoulos V., Giourka P., Martinopoulos G., Angelakoglou K., Kourtzanidis K., Nikolopoulos N. 

Smart readiness indicator evaluation and cost estimation of smart retrofitting scenarios – A comparative case-study in European residential buildings

2022

Sustainable Cities and Society Open Access Volume 8, 2July 2022, Article number 103921, ISSN 22106707

Grammelis P., Margaritis N., Dallas P., Rakopoulos D., Mavrias G.

A Review on Management of End of Life Tires (ELTs) and Alternative Uses of Textile Fibers

2021

Energies, MDPI, Vol. 14, No. 3, Article Number 571. Special Issue on “Materials Recycling and Energy Use of Waste”

Nikolopoulos A., Samlis C., Zeneli M., Nikolopoulos N., Karellas S., Grammelis P.

Introducing an Artificial Neural Network Energy Minimization Multi-Scale drag scheme for fluidized particles

2021

Chemical Engineering Science, 229, 116013

MINOAN – Smart Sustainable
Energy Conversion and Management

GREEN – Geo-Resources, Energy
& Environmental Management

GrEnEA – Green Energy
& Environmental Applications

LIM – Laboratory
of Inorganic Materials

ARTEMIS – Advanced Renewable
Technologies for Energy & Materials
Integrated Systems

NRRE – Natural Resources
& Renewable Energies

PSDI – Laboratory of Process
Systems Design and Implementation

LPRE – Laboratory of Polymer
Reaction Engineering

NICE – Novel materIals
for Clean Energy Applications

LEFH – Laboratory of Environmental
Fuels/Biofuels and Hydrocarbons

HydPro – Hydroprocessing

BCPL – Biological Computation
& Process Laboratory

LEET – Laboratory of Environmental & Energy Transition technologies
(GrEnEA, Green & Minoan Groups)