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Nikolas Katsoulakos

Nikolas Katsoulakos
Aspropyrgos Merchant Marine Academy · School of Engineering

PhD

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19 Research Items
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Additional affiliations
February 2012 - present
Center for Professional Training of the Technical Chamber of Greece
Position
  • Instructor
Description
  • Professional training for conduction of energy audits in the building sector.
October 2008 - present
National Technical University of Athens
Position
  • Researcher
October 2008 - present
National Technical University of Athens
Position
  • Teaching assisstant
Description
  • Teaching assistant in the postgraduate courses: "Environmental Economics" "Introduction to the Environment and Society of Mountainous Areas" "Introduction to Environment and Development Studies"
Education
April 2009 - March 2013
National Technical University of Athens
Field of study
  • Energy planning optimization
October 2006 - December 2008
National Technical University of Athens
Field of study
  • Environment and Development
September 1999 - September 2004
National Technical University of Athens
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering

Publications

Publications (36)
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An increasing number of people find it difficult or even impossible to ensure adequate coverage of their energy needs. This situation, defined as energy poverty, is one of the results of the global energy crisis. Mountainous areas are especially vulnerable to energy poverty because their thermal energy needs are especially high and their economic e...
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Mountainous areas have been long recognized as particularly important for the planet and sustainable mountain development is a global priority. In order to improve the socioeconomic development perspectives of mountain societies, efficient and well-targeted energy strategies should be formed. An important step towards this direction is adequate und...
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In many European countries, energy poverty is measured on the basis of real energy bills, as theoretical energy costs are hard to calculate. The UK is an exception-the data inputs for the Low Income-High Cost (LIHC) indicator are based on reasonable energy costs, these data are collected through specially designed surveys, often an intensive and co...
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In an attempt to enhance knowledge on the energy poverty phenomenon in mountainous areas, a primary social survey was conducted in a typical mountainous town of Greece, Metsovo in the Region of Epirus. The survey recorded quantitative data of energy expenses and incomes of households and it also captured qualitative indicators related to energy pov...
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The experience of operating an energy-related Living Lab (LL) in mountainous Greece is presented in this paper in an attempt to explore the dynamics of such initiatives to address energy vulnerability. The LL is situated in Metsovo, which is a typical mountainous town of Greece with increased vulnerability issues identified in previous studies. Sin...
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One of the main characteristics of Greek geography is the great number of islands. Many of them are far away from the mainland and so, the operation of autonomous electrical systems, for covering their energy needs, is necessary. These islands are defined as non-interconnected islands (NII). The electrical consumption of the NII is covered from the...
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The present paper explores the possibilities of optimizing energy use in the mountainous refugee of Melissourgoi, in the Municipality of Kentrika Tzoumerka, Greece. The buildings of the refugee were, firstly, imprinted. Then, metering equipment for the electrical consumption was installed and through collaboration with the refugee’s manager, a lot...
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Energy poverty, i.e the inability of meeting energy needs adequately, by modern means / fuel and at an affordable cost, is an important social problem. Especially in mountainous regions, the problem is even more intense due to cold climate, old building stock and low incomes. Effective tackling of energy poverty and free access to modern energy ser...
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Energy poverty is a widespread problem across Europe with serious socioeconomic, environmental, political and health implications. The primary contributing factors are related to low-income levels, high energy prices, and energy inefficient housing. However, household characteristics, political, and social circumstances, and other drivers such as s...
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Policies providing motives for improving residences' energy efficiency potentially contribute to energy poverty alleviation. In Greece, between 2012 and 2015 a major funding scheme, called "Energy Saving at Home", was implemented that gave subsidies to citizens for increasing the energy efficiency of their houses. The total budget was 400 million e...
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Among the Greek islands, 61 are based—currently—on autonomous electrical systems for covering the electrical energy demand and are characterized as Non-Interconnected Islands (NII). The average electricity production cost in the NII is 2.5 times higher than in areas with access to the main, intercon-nected electricity grid (IEG) of Greece. In this...
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The European Union, in an effort to boost the use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in power generation, applies supportive tools consisting in financial motivation either as grants or as subsidies. According to welfare economics, a subsidy should reflect the external benefits; otherwise a distortion of competition takes place. The most widespread...
Technical Report
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Working Group 2: Indicators-developing an operational energy poverty framework • Deploy a wide range of quantitative and qualitative indicators to address the multi-dimensional issue of energy poverty. • Enable the systematic uptake of household, local and regional context-specific data on energy poverty. • Target the differential impacts and inter...
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The mountain areas in the Municipality of Filiates need new productive avctivities, in order to remain alive in a period of intense, multi-level crisis. The natural resources of the area could be the basis for supporting new investments. One siginificant opportunity is the utilization of the Lagkavitsa springs. These springs can provide water of ve...
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The present study investigates the possibilities of creating a biogas unit in Metsovo, which is a small mountainous town in Greece retaining important activity in the sectors of livestock breeding, cheese and wine production. These activities produce great quantities of residues, which currently are not being treated properly and cause organic poll...
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The access to sufficient, affordable and modern energy services is directly related to the economic and social development. The economic crisis, combined with increased fuel prices, from time to time, leads many households to being unable to cover their energy needs. This phenomenon is known as energy poverty. Especially in mountainous areas, where...
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The inadequate coverage of energy needs in the residential sector, known as energy poverty, is a primary socio-economic problem, worldwide. Especially in Greece, under the pressure of the recent economic crisis, households face serious difficulties in meeting sufficiently their energy needs. We will show that one long-term way to minimize energy co...
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This Chapter focuses on the interface between environment and development. Firstly, the concept of development is being analyzed, as well as the principles and dimensions of sustainable development, which is the dominant development policy, worldwide. Since economic growth has overwhelmed the other folds of development, its impacts in both the envi...
Technical Report
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This strategic research agenda is the product of an enthusiastic year-long collaboration between researchers based in centres of excellence, across many different disciplines and European countries. Our primary goal is to highlight the importance of mountains in providing insights and solutions to many of Europe’s pressing challenges. To this end,...
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Mountainous areas are characterized by increased thermal energy loads compared to lowlands, mainly due to the cold climate and the, usually, old building stock. Moreover, mountain societies face serious difficulties in covering sufficiently their energy needs, a phenomenon that is known as energy poverty, which is getting real harder under the infl...
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In a period of intense economic crisis, one of the main issues,that Greek society faces is meeting energy demand. Due to the austerity measures, tax raises have led to a great increase in fuel prices. This factor, combined with the income reduction has led many households to lower energy consumption, sometimes even to the point that comfort conditi...
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Research on mountainous issues remains rather deficient, as far as energy issues are concerned. However, one of the main social problems faced by mountain communities is energy poverty. Insufficient access to energy and, particularly, the "highest steps of the energy ladder" is strongly correlated to development problems, while it can negatively af...
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Energy poverty is a major socio-economic issue, developing fast in recent years, along with the global energy and economic crisis. The austerity oriented policies imposed, combine low incomes with increased fuel/energy prices, a fact that inevitably leads to the households’ inability to adequately meet their energy needs. This phenomenon has curren...
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Renewable energy utilization remains at the forefront of policies aiming at confronting climate change and over-exploitation of natural resources. In addition, employment reinforcement caused by the installation, operation and maintenance of “green energy” units makes investments in renewables exemplary cases of sustainable development practices. T...
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It is common sense that in periods of economic recession environmentally friendly policies subside because of the supremacy of other more urgent social priorities. However, in some cases “green” practices offer opportunities of overcoming the effects of the economic crisis itself and comprise development opportunities. The paper aims at highlightin...
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Measures of energy saving at the building of MIRC, in Metsovo are examined in this paper. The main aim of the paper is to highlight the particularly positive impacts of energy saving interventions on buildings found in mountainous settlements. After estimating the energy efficiency of the building of MIRC, according to the Buildings Energy Efficien...
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This paper presents the evaluation of energy strategies for covering thermal energy needs in Metsovo - a Greek mountainous town - by the use of multicriteria analysis. Mountainous settlements require high fuel quantities for their thermal needs, due to harsh weather conditions. The most common fuel used is diesel oil. Under the influence of the cur...
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Objectives This paper aims at proposing a methodology for achieving optimum energy utilization of biomass in mountainous areas. Biomass is a significant renewable energy source available at high quantities in mountainous areas. The optimum solution is extracted by combining financial and environmental parameters. The use of renewable energy source...
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Στην παρούσα εργασία, με πεδίο εφαρμογής την περιοχή του Μετσόβου, επιχειρείται η διερεύνηση των δυνατοτήτων αξιοποίησης των Ανανεώσιμων Πηγών Ενέργειας (ΑΠΕ) στις ορεινές περιοχές, με στόχο την κάλυψη τοπικών ενεργειακών αναγκών. Αρχικά σκιαγραφείται το «ενεργειακό προφίλ» των ορεινών περιοχών, το οποίο χαρακτηρίζεται σε γενικές γραμμές από ζήτηση...
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Ο τρόπος αντιμετώπισης ζητημάτων που αφορούν στο ευρύτερο πεδίο ενασχόλησης του μηχανικού έχει αλλάξει σημαντικά. Παραδοσιακά, προβλήματα με κατά βάση τεχνικό υπόβαθρο, επιλύονταν από μηχανικούς αντίστοιχής εξειδίκευσης εφαρμόζοντας τις αρχές της «τέχνης και της επιστήμης». Όμως, η υιοθέτηση των αρχών της βιώσιμης αειφόρου ανάπτυξης που υπαγορεύουν...
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Στην παρούσα εργασία, παρουσιάζεται, αρχικώς, η σημαντικότητα της διείσδυσης των ανανεώσιμων πηγών ενέργειας στο ενεργειακό σύστημα. Λόγω της εστίασης στα φωτοβολταϊκά συστήματα, γίνεται και μία σύντομη αναφορά στα τεχνικά στοιχεία των συστημάτων αυτών, ώστε να καταστούν σαφή τα βασικά χαρακτηριστικά του συγκεκριμένου τρόπου παραγωγής ηλεκτρικής εν...

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The project is funded by the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (IKY), has a duration of 21 months, and it aims at optimizing local energy systems in remote areas, focusing on mountains and islands. The main objectives are: - Understanding the energy profile of remote areas, especially small islands - Create suitable optimization models for decentralized energy planning in these areas - Include energy storage in the optimal solutions - Include externalities (positive and negative) in energy planning