Portrait of George Xydis, Associate Professor
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Engineering combined with a great interest for wind energy, George Xydis has a lot of experience. He will be focusing on implementing research mainly at the Centre for Energy Technologies, teaching Green Technologies and other courses at BSc and MSc level, supervise students, and attract EU, national, and industrial funding.
Why did you choose to work at the Department of Business Development and Technology?
I have been working between the academic and the industrial environment throughout my career. A great number of my publications in journals are based on research implemented when I was in collaboration with SMEs and industry. Dealing with business driven research and production of innovative results and applications that solved real life problems have made me appreciate the synergy between the 2 worlds.
What is your area of expertise and what will you be doing here?
Areas of interest: Energy Planning & Resources Optimization, Wind Resource Assessment, Exergy Analysis, Energy Demand, Electricity Markets, Environmental Conservation. At BTECH I will be focusing on implementing research mainly at the Centre for Energy Technologies, teaching Green Technologies and other courses at BSc and MSc level, supervise students, and attract EU, national, and industrial funding.
What is your educational background?
I hold a PhD in Engineering from National Technical University of Athens, and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
What have you done before?
I worked on various wind energy projects that range from a single 10-kW turbine to a 486 MW offshore wind farm. I had the opportunity to work in the wind energy sector together with developers, utilities, constructors, universities, and research institutes. I used to work as a Wind Projects Development Coordinator at Rokas Renewables – Iberdrola Renewables, as a Wind Project Developer (Wind Resource & Siting Engineer) at Vector Hellenic Windfarms S.A., and as a Researcher (eq. Assistant Professor level) in the Center for Electric Power and Energy (CEE), Department of Electrical Engineering at Technical University of Denmark. I run my Energy Research & Applications SME (www.xydis.gr) and collaborate with Universities as an Adjunct Lecturer/Tutor, SMEs, and the Green Fund (Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy).
Please tell us a bit about yourself, your family and your leisure activities.
I usually spend time with my family and my two daughters, Maria (born in Denmark 2012) and Niki - Matrona (born 2016). Regarding leisure activities, I’m a basketball fan and I try to catch games on TV, and I also enjoy travelling as much as possible.