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IENE Presented Study on the “Energy Transition of the Island of Kastellorizo” in a Special Event in Athens

IENE Presented Study on the “Energy Transition of the Island of Kastellorizo” in a Special Event in AthensThe presentation of IENE’s latest study on “Energy Transition of the Island of Kastellorizo”, which took place in October 24 on Armed Forces Officers’ Club in Athens, to a packed audience, proved to be a major success.

The presentation of IENE’s latest study on "Energy Transition of the Island of Kastellorizo”, which took place in October 24 on Armed Forces Officers’ Club in Athens, to a packed audience, proved to be a major success. The study was presented by the three-man study team, which included IENE’s Chairman and Executive Director Mr. Costis Stambolis, the past Chairman of the Institute Mr. John Chatzivassiliadis and IENE’s Researcher Mr. Alexandros Perellis.

At the event, which included an introductory statement by Professor Konstantinos Aravossis, Secretary General for Natural Environment and Water in Greece’s Energy Ministry, the IENE study was presented with several technical and economic details, envisaging the installation of solar photovoltaics and wind turbines, combined with an energy storage battery system to fully meet the island’s electricity needs.

In his introduction, Mr. Stambolis stressed that IENE's study aims to create an autonomous electricity system in Kastellorizo based on the use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and energy storage with the main purpose of achieving self-sufficiency.

"The geographical location of Kastellorizo ​​and the islands that surround it is of paramount importance for the delimitation of the Greek Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which with the inclusion of Kastellorizo ​is ​extended southwest to the northwestern part of the Cypriot EEZ", he added.

IENE’s past Chairman John Chatzivassiliadis mentioned, among others, that "electricity is becoming the main energy carrier with new applications and increasing demand towards full electrification, while the high penetration of RES in electricity mix is directly linked to the transformation and development of transmission and distribution grids with new architecture and innovative technologies and the introduction of digitalization.”

He further emphasized that the IENE ​​study aims to the transformation of the island's energy system towards clean energy, covering almost all of the energy needs of Kastellorizo and long-term energy demand for desalination by RES at a stable and low cost.

The detailed presentation of the study was made by Mr. Alexandros Perellis, IENE’s Researcher, who analysed very thoroughly all the technical, economic and regulatory aspects. Among others, the proposed synthesis for the RES power generating system would include wind turbines with total capacity of 750 kW (3x 250 kW), solar photovoltaics with total capacity of 2.300 kW, a back-up diesel generating unit of 1.000 kW (2x 500 kW/600 KVA) and an energy storage system, consisting of lithium batteries (2x 2.000 kWh/2x 1.000 kW).

An executive summary of the IENE study is available at: articlefiles/kastellorizo%20executive%20final%20eng.pdf


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