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Regional integration of renewable energies at the Aperathou village

Renewable energy can make a valuable contribution to power supply in remote and isolated regions, such as islands like Naxos, Greece. This project has provided valuable technical knowledge and experience in combining the energy output of two natural sources to provide a viable alternative to small-scale conventional power generation.

Stand-alone renewable energy systems are well suited to application in remote and island locations where grid-connected power supply is not possible. The main objective of this project was to combine wind and hydro-sources of power using a wind turbine and three small hydro-turbines to generate electricity which can be easily transported. The installation was to be located in the vicinity of the Aperathou village on the island of Naxos, Greece, in the main, to provide power for the electrification of the emery mine and thus increase safety of work. Surplus electricity was to be used for pumping drinking water for the village to reduce current expenditure on this operation. The main expectation of the project was that it would increase technical, factual knowledge regarding the use of complementary power installations. It was anticipated that the project would provide valuable experience in combining small hydro-electric systems with wind turbines, controlled by a central system, without the use of energy storage. It was also intended that the project would serve as a pilot for further applications in other Greek islands or remote regions in Europe.

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National Technical University of Athens
PO Box 64070 RES_OG_PCD 15710
Zografou, Athens
Greece
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