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The Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering (LHTEE) of the Mechanical Engineering faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, officially opened in 2002, although it has been operating since 1990. The laboratory has been involved in various research fields and provides high quality training in several thematic areas. The laboratory is responsible for 11 university courses, while more than 15 students every year choose to conduct their thesis on one of the laboratory’s research projects. Additionally, the laboratory has a long record of research and consultation on both a national and an international level.

Most of the research funds of the laboratory come from EU Commission competition projects, although in 2008 it received considerable funding from national sources. In the last ten years, the total budget of the LHTEE was over five million euros. Within the scope of the research projects being carried out, LHTEE cooperates with other Greek and International Universities, as well as European, North American and Asian research institutes.

LHTEE publishes its research results in various scientific journals every year and presents them in a number of Greek and international conferences. The laboratory also supports, through its activities, state stakeholders and the private sector. Since 2006, it is certified according to ISO 9001.

The research being carried out concerns Energy Technologies, Financial Analysis of Energy Systems, Air Pollution, Environmental Management, Sustainable Production and Solid Waste Management and Treatment.

In the laboratory’s website (in Greek) more detailed information is presented, on the research projects being carried out: http://www.meng.auth.gr/mech/el/divisions/energy/lhtee.html


Energy Technologies / Financial Analysis of Energy Systems


  • Application of computational methods for optimisation of heat exchanger design.
  • Hydrogen technologies with emphasis on aircraft construction
  • Energy saving, use of renewable energy sources and improvement of indoor environment in buildings.
  • Design, proportioning and technoeconomic feasibility of renewable energy systems.
  • Analysis and optimisation of production processes.
  • Life Cycle Analysis of products and processes.

Air Pollution / Environmental Management

  • Study of dispersion and transformation of air pollutants with the use of experimental and computational methods.
  • Assessment of urban air quality, with emphasis in forming action plans to avoid exceeding the air quality standards for air pollutants.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Integrated environmental assessment
  • Implementation of environmental management systems.

Sustainable Production / Treatment and management of solid waste

  • Integrated Product Policy
  • Site selection for waste treatment facilities (landfills)
  • Management of special waste streams
  • Recycling, reusing and thermal recovery of solid waste
  • Cost assessment of integrated sanitation services and formulation of pricing tools for the promotion of sustainable waste management schemes.