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Tilos Project sheds light on benefits and challenges

Eunice Group's Dr. Pehlivanoglou foresees Cyprus' green transition

Maria Eracleous

Maria Eracleous

Cyprus is on the path to achieving a green transition, with Dr. George Pehlivanoglou leading the way. He emphasizes that to make this transition successful, essential changes are needed in the energy market structure and advancements in energy production, storage, management, and distribution services. Dr. Pehlivanoglou, the Vice President of the Eunice Group, recently presented the remarkable Tilos Project, titled "Energy Democracy in Action: the Paradigm of Tilos" at the Digital Agenda Cyprus Summit.

The Tilos Project, initially approved in 2013 under the European Horizon 2020 program, is a multinational effort involving 15 European partners from seven countries, with Eunice Group leading the consortium. This project introduced the S4S by Eunice system, a pioneering energy production and autonomy system that sets an example for the energy transition. It has already made a substantial impact, saving approximately 4,700 tons of CO2 emissions and reducing fuel costs by €805,500 in the last five years.

Furthermore, the Tilos Project has contributed significantly to the island's electrification and tourism development, turning residents into net producers and promoting the use of electric vehicles for local transport. Its success is a testament to the potential of green energy technologies.

Looking ahead, the goal is to continuously improve the Tilos autonomy system, optimize energy production and consumption, and replicate the project in other small island networks. The results achieved on Tilos Island offer promise for similar projects in areas like Anafi, Donousa, Leros, and Fournoi Korseon.

When asked about the potential for Cyprus to achieve energy autonomy, Dr. Pehlivanoglou expressed confidence in the country's strong solar potential. He believes that with the right technological solutions and energy market structure, Cyprus can transition to green energy within five to seven years. However, he emphasized the need for an open-minded approach and a willingness to redefine traditional energy practices.

Storage plays a crucial role in the green transition, enabling the efficient utilization of renewable energy sources and addressing network saturation. Eunice Group is actively involved in large-scale power storage projects and green hydrogen initiatives.

Despite the potential benefits of renewable energy sources, the main challenge lies in the absence of a coordinated institutional framework. Recent geopolitical developments and energy supply crises have complicated matters. Dr. Pehlivanoglou stressed the need for international cooperation and a shift in the global production model to effectively tackle climate change.

In conclusion, Cyprus is taking significant steps towards a green transition, led by innovators like Dr. George Pehlivanoglou. The success of the Tilos Project serves as a beacon of hope for the adoption of green energy solutions and the pursuit of a sustainable future.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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