Eleni Kaplani


  • 2.01A Sciences

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Personal profile


Dr Eleni Kaplani is Associate Professor at the School of Engineering. She holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering (University of Kent) and has over 15 years research experience in the field of solar energy and photovoltaics. She worked as Research Associate in INTERREG IIIA project at the University of Kent, as Senior Research Fellow in the Renewable Energy Systems Lab and Adjunct Lecturer at the Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece (now University of Peloponnese). She joined the University of East Anglia as Lecturer in Engineering in 2015. She has participated in several FP6 and LEAD ERA - FP7 EU funded research projects in solar irradiance prediction, PV degradation and diagnostics, nanotechnology-based solutions for improving PV performance and energy efficiency of buildings. Her research mainly focuses on the spatiotemporal modelling of solar radiation, dynamic electro-thermal models for the PV temperature and power output prediction including Floating PV, the development of novel opto-electrical characterisation and non-destructive testing diagnostic techniques for the detection of degradation mechanisms in photovoltaic cells and modules. Her research interests further cover the application of QDs and nanocoatings with unique optical properties in solar cells/ modules to enhance efficiency, reliability and durability.

She is Associate Editor in Heliyon Energy (Elsevier Journal), member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Committee Member of the IET ACN and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Dr Kaplani currently holds the role of MSc Course Director.

Key Research Interests

  • NDT techniques for detection and diagnosis of PV cell and module degradation
  • Electro-optical characterization; lifetime and efficiency enhancement of PV devices
  • Nanocoatings with self-cleaning and anti-reflective properties, new solar cell technologies
  • Spatiotemporal modelling of global solar radiation and solar intensity prediction
  • Dynamic PV performance, electro-thermal models for PV temperature and power output prediction at any environmental conditions
  • Integration of PV in buildings, Intelligent Energy Buildings, dynamic load management, integration of PV in vehicles, optimum sizing of hybrid PV-battery systems, smart sensors


For PhD opportunities in the above areas or outside these areas within the wider field of solar energy and photovoltaics, please feel free to email me to discuss PhD projects and alternative sources of funding.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

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