The main aim of the project is to enhance the research conducted at the PV Technology Laboratory (PVlab) of the University of Cyprus (UCY) through targeted twinning activities with two internationally-leading research institutions, namely the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). In particular, the aim will be to stimulate excellence and innovation capacity at UCY primarily in the field of photovoltaics (PV) and grid integration in smart grids. Twinning activities will include knowledge transfer and exchange of best practice between AIT/ DTU and UCY. This project will entail significant benefits for all institutions involved in terms of enhancement of their Research and Innovation (R&I) capacity in science and technology and raising their staff's research profile. Specifically, the scientific and technological objectives of the proposed project include:

  • To enhance the quality of and increase the R&I output of the PVlab (UCY).
  • To strengthen significantly the networking capabilities of the PVlab.
  • To significantly boost the participation and success rate in research funding bids in the field submitted by the PVlab both as a Coordinator and as a partner in collaboration with the twinning partners.
  • To contribute substantially to bridging the gap between academia-industry in Cyprus.