Associate Researcher (IERSD/NOA), Ph.D.

Renewable Resources

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Institute for Environmental Research & Sustainable Development, National Observatory of Athens, I. Metaxa & Vas. Pavlou, P. Penteli (Lofos Koufou), 15236 Athens, Greece



Dr. Panagiotis Kosmopoulos is an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development of the National Observatory of Athens. He received his B.Sc. in Geology and M.Sc. in Environmental Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a Ph.D. in Solar Radiation and Energy Forecasting from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

He has a 15-year professional experience (>120 publications; h-index 21) through national and EU-funded projects (e.g. Eiffel, Excelsior, EuroGEO e-shape, ERA-PLANET Smurbs, COST InDust, GEO-Cradle Initiative, Siemens Aristotelis Solar, NSRF Kripis Thespia) followed by a total budget of >30M euro, from which >500K euro are related with the renewable energy sector. He exploits Earth observations, big data, fast radiative transfer models, short- and long-term forecasting approaches and high-performance computing for solar spectral irradiance studies (GHI, DNI, PAR, UVI), urban planning, aerosol and cloud physics, smart grids and all-scale (from big solar farms to rooftop photovoltaic installations) solar plants management.

He is the developer of various operational algorithms including the SENSE (i.e. solar energy nowcasting system for Europe and North Africa), the nextSENSE (which includes computer vision aspects in order to short-term forecast the clouds motion and the impact on solar irradiation), the INSIOS (which is based on SENSE and is optimized for the Southern Asia’s conditions), the SOLEATHENS (which applies to the urban environment) and the UVIOS (i.e. ultraviolet index operating system). For more information visit the Solar Energy Applications (Solea) webpage here.

Research Interests:

Solar energy and applications, Radiative transfer modeling, Ground-based and satellite observations, Aerosol and cloud physics, Physical climatology.

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