Green Energy for Islands

Structure & progress

The planned work packages (WP) in the framework of GENERGIS can be found below. Selected results can be seen by clicking on the title of each WP.

WP (I): Identification of the case study community

Greece relies strongly on oil and lignite, with approximately 99% of the oil consumed within the country being imported. For the energy needs of the islands in the Aegean alone, Greece pays more than 500 million Euro per year. When accounting for the high potential of the country in renewable resources, appropriate energy policies and actions can make a significant contribution to the economic recovery of Greece, while such policies can also be used as a European example on energy metamorphosis.

For the purpose of the project a relatively small-sized, non-interconnected island in Greece was selected. The specific criteria for choosing the island were the collaboration of the local government, energy provider and community, the availability of statistical data and renewable energy resources and demographics.

WP (II): Social survey of public knowledge and engagement

The goal of this WP was to engage the public and incorporate its views in the decision-making process of the project. The social survey realized consisted of two parts: first, a questionnaire and second, personal contact with community members for further clarifications and information exchange. The survey revealed the preferences, suggestions, expectations and willingness to help in achieving sustainable development, but it also gauged the knowledge level of the people about energy issues. People willing to improve their knowledge about climate change and energy conversion technologies were contacted by the applicant for further discussions and updates.

WP (III): Definition of transition scenarios for sustainable development

The goals of this WP were to (1) outline and classify the existing facilities for energy production of the chosen case study, (2) analyze and visualize statistical data on energy demand, (3) design a geomorphological map of the study community, (4) draft a report on renewable energy resources, technologies and storage systems that could realistically be employed on the island, including economic and environmental data, (5) match potential renewable energy technologies with specific areas on the island based on geomorphological data and ambient conditions, and (6) combine new technologies with the required phasing out of the existing facilities considering the community preferences analyzed in WP (II).

WP (IV): Selection of an energy transition plan

The objective of this WP was to choose the best transition energy plan among the scenarios defined in WP (III) based on thermodynamic, economic and environmental analysis. The final goal was to propose energy plans that combined low environmental impacts and economic expenditures with social acceptance.

WP V: Project documentation and guide for sustainable development  

In this last step of the project, the results and experience obtained through the realization of the project were documented in a methodological guide towards 100% renewable energy self-sufficiency on islands. This guide has been made available to the community as a guide with directly-actionable steps for renewable energy independence of the island, while it is also be made available on the website of the project.