Tilos: Vote for the proud Greek nomination in the EU Sustainable Energy Awards Contest!
Tilos island and TILOS project are among the 3 finalists for the award of the Energy Islands Category and among 12 nominees for the Citizens’ Award of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) contest. Results will be announced on June 20, 2017, which is also the kick-off day for this prestigious convention on European energy policy and sustainable energy.
That means that the island of Tilos not only sets an example for refugee solidarity, but also innovates in the field of energy. TILOS project, led by the Soft Energy Applications & Environmental Protection Laboratory of the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (PUAS), engages a total of 13 partners from 7 different European countries. From the Greek side of the consortium, the local grid operator HEDNO is also involved, together with experienced energy companies, like Eunice and Eurosol, and the Greek branch of the world-famous environmental NGO, WWF. Appreciating the support of the local community and Municipality, the main project objective is to achieve maximum, clean energy autonomy for the remote island of Tilos, so far supplied with oil-based electricity from the thermal power station of Kos island, via a subsea cable.
To accomplish this target, the partners of TILOS develop an innovative hybrid energy system, the first of its kind in the Mediterranean, comprising of a medium scale wind turbine, a medium scale PV park and battery energy storage, with the capability also to provide guaranteed energy exports to the island of Kos.
At this stage, rollout of smart meters is also ongoing in Tilos residences, which will enable local consumers to control their electricity loads remotely while supporting the increased penetration of renewable energy, without any cost at all. This makes Tilos the first Greek region where smart meters are massively installed.
The most critical period for TILOS project is right ahead of us. By the end of the coming June, the installation of the renewable energy equipment will be complete, while with the arrival also of the batteries by the end of this summer, the integrated system commissioning and trial operation will start.
Successful implementation and completion of the project, planned for early 2019, will signal a new era for island regions worldwide, with the technological solutions developed answering to the challenge of energy supply security and promoting islands’ energy autonomy and independence from the costly and polluting oil-based power generation.