The Cyprus Institute (CYI, www.cyi.ac.cy) is a non-profit, technology-oriented, research and educational institution with a regional mission in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. The Cyprus Institute’s (CYI) Doctoral Programs, conducted in English, are licensed and accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Republic. CYI’s energy research is conducted under the umbrella of its Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC), launched in Dec. 2007, in a founding partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Its extensive research agenda, addresses energy, environment and water issues and their interconnections based on scientific and technological analyses. Its activities in solar energy are principally focuses in Solar Thermal Power, energy conservation especially in built environment and in adapting solar technologies to island environment, including storage and desalination.
The Cyprus Institute has extensive experience in EU and International projects and is an expert in climate change analysis, urban environment impact and solar technologies. It contributes by being the local coordinating partner for collecting data on the Peyia Eco Village case study as well as for implementing the case study as a whole. It also performs the necessary energy, financial and optimisation calculations within the Integrated Design and Optimisation of the Zero Energy Settlements work package of the proposed project and contributes towards the monitoring and evaluation of the settlements performance.