Environmental Research Laboratory

Overview

The general aim of EREL is the production of scientific know-how and innovative tools for research and provision of services in the fields of environment and energy. The Laboratory is equipped with modern facilities for air pollution and gas sorption measurements and powerful computing equipment, providing high-level services in a wide range of issues related to environment and energy (atmospheric modelling, environmental impact assessment, nanoporous materials characterization, gas storage). The Laboratory has been awarded with ISO 9001 for software development in atmospheric applications and is accredited by the Hellenic Accreditation System S.A (ESYD) according to the ELOT EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Standard for carrying out ambient & stationary air pollutant measurements (PM, VOCs, PAHs).

EREL activities serve sustainable development purposes by focusing on a number of topics such as:
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of climate change, extreme events and land use changes
  • Security and Emergency Response to accidental release of hazardous / harmful substances in the air (radioactive, toxic, flammable)
  • Reduction of environmental impact of energy technologies
  • Alternative fuel technologies
In line with current international trends, EREL places emphasis in R&D activities relevant to:
  • Simulation of atmospheric pollutant dispersion and air chemistry in realistic conditions - Applications in the areas of air quality, environmental impact assessment, risk assessment, industrial accidents and emergency cases
  • Diagnostic and prognostic meteorological modelling
  • Contribution of anthropogenic and biogenic pollutants to global warming and urban air pollution
  • Climate change impact on: Infrastructure, Society & Economy (tourism, agriculture), Energy Sector
  • Hydrogen Technology (Storage and Safety)
  • Characterization of and Transport in Porous and Composite Media
  • Energy technologies simulation-assessment (hydrocarbons recovery, porous membranes, gas separations)
  • Gas storage in solid materials (CO2, H2)
  • CFD developments and applications in Biomedical and other systems
  • (Lattice Boltzmann method, Non-Newtonian fluids, Molecular Simulations)
In parallel, EREL continues to produce and publish original methods and results in the wider area of computational fluid dynamics, with applications in atmospheric dispersion, influence of meteorology and pollutant sources distribution in urban pollution, turbulence simulation, combustion, transport phenomena in porous media, multiphase flow and heat transfer, and mass transport in multiphase systems.
EREL carries out several research projects with substantial external funding, in several of which it acts as coordinator of European consortia of universities, research institutions and industries. In the framework of these activities, EREL has developed a broad range of cooperation with Public and Private Organisations both within and outside Greece, while actively participating in international scientific networks (e.g. ERCOFTAC, MESAEP, RODOS).
The merits and prospects of EREL at the national and regional level have been acknowledged by the EC and a RegPot Grant has been awarded to the Laboratory for the enhancement of its R&D potential and infrastructure.

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