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Specific tasks and deliverables

  • Solar-energy systems and techniques for the exploitation and storage of solar thermal energy at high and low temperatures, as well as methods for the characterization and certification of energy products.
  • R&D on hydrogen production from concentrated solar (thermochemical water splitting, photocatalytic processes); Performance and simulation of hybrid RES-H2 systems integrating the whole chain (renewable energy powered electrolysis, storage tank, H2 re-electrification devices (fuel cells) or H2 internal combustion units); H2 storage in physisorbing and weakly chemisorbing solid materials (carbon based, MOFs, nanostructured composites, doping and scaffolding techniques); Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) tools development and validation for H2 safety assessment. Stationary (autonomous power systems, etc) and transport (mobile and portable) applications.
  • Tracer technology for advanced characterization of underground (hydrocarbon or water) reservoirs. Multi-scale (from nano- and meso-scopic simulations to macroscopic property estimation) simulation of multi-phase transport processes in porous and composite media for the assessment of performance in connection to structural parameters and properties in energy, environmental and biomedical applications (inorganic and biological membranes, CO2 separation and capture, gas sorption and selective separations, etc.).
  • Integrated methodologies and computational tools for the assessment and management of risks related to technological systems, extreme weather phenomena, as well as new emerging technologies such as nanotechnology. Methodologies for quantitative occupational risk assessment and methods for the optimum selection of mitigation measures in any working environment.
  • Risk assessment and consumer protection from dioxins and new persistent organic pollutants such as flame retardants and perfluorinated compounds. Exposure to POPs, belonging to the group of dioxins and perfluorinated compounds and public health. Identification of exposure routes, quantification of human levels and creation of National Reference Database (levels in blood, breast milk, etc) for the Greek population. Correlation with observed health outcomes. Risk assessment of dietary intake of dioxins and dioxin-like compounds through consumption of Greek farmed fish and evaluation of the safety of Greek farmed fish for public health. This study will be based on the results of 10 years of national programs and collaboration with major Greek aquaculture facilities.
  • Simulation models of atmospheric dispersion of hazardous pollutants and methodologies for the determination of optimal response to emergencies. Software on an operational basis for weather and air quality prognosis and for studies on climate change and its local impact. Inverse modelling computational methods for the determination of location and intensity of an unknown hazardous substance release combining observations and model results.
  • Methods for the determination of air pollution from airborne particulate matter (PM) including a research station for the measurement of PM parameters, integrated into the global database for atmospheric and climatic parameters (GAWEBAS).
  • Aerosol technology for detailed physical, chemical, optical and radiological characterization of airborne nanoparticles with applications in radiation protection, atmospheric science, human health, climate change and nanomaterial research.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Code research and development (ADREA-HF) for realistic local scale 3D transient simulation of release, dispersion and combustion phenomena of multi-component, multi-phase mixtures of the released substances with air, for variable atmospheric conditions and any layout geometrical complexity. Turbulence modeling either using RANS or LES models.