A Greek Mediterranean island is to turn out to be the the primary within the European Union to be autonomously powered by renewables.
Electricity on Tilos, which is close to Rhodes, shall be delivered by way of a sophisticated lithium-ion battery system which is pushed by an 800Kw wind turbine and a photo voltaic park.
A well-liked vacation vacation spot, the inhabitants of Tilos swells from round 400 in the course of the winter to roughly 3000 in the summertime. Its present electrical energy provide is partially provided by an undersea cable which runs 90 kilometres from Tilos to the neighbouring Greek island of Kos.
In summer time, the temperatures in Tilos regularly common above 32 levels Celsius. When mixed with the inhabitants enhance, these situations typically render the island’s present vitality provide largely ineffective – the summer time months are regularly tormented by energy outages, and native companies resembling lodges and eating places are pressured to show to diesel-powered turbines for energy as manner of sustaining the native financial system.
By 2020, the EU is in search of to have its member states sourcing 20 per cent of their vitality from renewables and as a part of this initiative, it’s offering Tilos with $14.4m of the $18m it wants to put in its renewable vitality system as manner of avoiding energy outages and overhauling the island’s grid. The cash is coming from the EU’s Horizon 2020 analysis and innovation programme.
The challenge is being coordinated by the Technological Education Institute of Piraeus with the participation Greek vitality firm EUNICE, the supervisor of the electrical energy community HEDNO and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Greece. It additionally entails 13 companions from seven EU international locations.
Solar vitality improvement firm Sun Investment Group believes that the Greek island will set an instance for avoiding energy blackouts throughout Europe, particularly as the value of lithium-ion battery packs has been in decline lately – between 2014-2016, the value of those packs dropped from $400/kWh to under $190/kWh.
As specialists predict the value will fall under $100/kWh by 2025, Sun Investment Group’s chief enterprise improvement officer Andrius Terskovas believes solar energy will turn out to be a widespread manner of avoiding future energy blackouts throughout Europe sooner or later.
“The lowering costs of lithium-ion batteries used to solar energy farms will certainly result in the additional adoption of photo voltaic vitality as a manner of avoiding energy outages throughout Europe,” mentioned Andrius Terskovas.
“The batteries retailer vitality produced on sunny days, which might then be deployed to be used throughout instances of energy outages or heavy demand such or within the case of Tilos – vacationer season.”