Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power
In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 photo is seen a wind turbine on the Aegean island of Tilos, Greece. When the blades of the 800 kilowatt wind turbine start turning, Tilos will become the first island in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power, feeding the needs of its population of some 400 people in winter, and some 3000 in summer. (AP Photo/ Iliana Mier)

When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power.

The sea horse-shaped Greek island between Rhodes and Kos has a winter population of 400. But that swells to as many as 3,000 people in the summer, putting an impossible strain on its dilapidated power supply.

This summer, technicians are conducting the final tests on a renewable replacement system that will be fully rolled out later this year. It will allow Tilos to run exclusively on high-tech batteries recharged by a wind turbine and a solar park.

The European Commission says Tilos will be the first autonomous renewable green island in the Mediterranean. It plans to use the project as a blueprint for other small across the European Union that have limited grid connection to the mainland. The EU has largely funded the project, providing 11 million euros ($12.5 million) of the total 13.7 million-euro ($15.7 million) cost.

"The innovation of this program and its funding lies in the batteries—the energy storage—that's what's innovative," project manager Spyros Aliferis said. "The energy produced by the wind turbines and the photovoltaics will be stored in batteries, so that this energy can be used for the grid when there is demand."

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power
In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, photo is seen a solar park on the Aegean island of Tilos, Greece. Tilos with its winter population of 400 and summer population of some 3000, will become the first island in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power when the blades of the 800 kilowatt wind turbine start turning. (AP Photo/ Iliana Mier)

The batteries store power during sunny and windy conditions, releasing it during periods of heavy demand and lower production—such as at nighttime and the peak tourist season—to keep the grid powered up.

Named TILOS—Technology Innovation for the Local Scale Optimum Integration of Battery Energy Storage—the project uses a prototype battery system that improves storage of the excess energy generated until it's needed.

To work, it required an overhauled grid with smart meters installed in homes and businesses to calculate times of peak demand.

Currently, Tilos gets its energy from an underwater cable that runs from Kos to the island of Nisiros and on to Tilos. That creates an erratic, outage-prone service that routinely breaks appliances and has forced many businesses to rely on diesel generators.

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power
In this photo dated Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, a wind turbine on the Aegean island of Tilos, Greece. Tilos with its winter population of 400 and summer population of some 3000, stands on the brink of becoming the first island in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power when the blades of the 800 kilowatt wind turbine start turning. (AP Photo/ Iliana Mier)

While lacking the dazzle of other Greek islands like Mykonos and Santorini, Tilos—a 14-hour ferry ride from the mainland—is a quiet vacation spot that sees an average of 13,000 visitors a year. It's known as a green island, popular with hikers and bird watchers, and most of it is now a protected nature reserve.

Mayor Maria Kammas saw a green energy system as the island's natural next step.

"For many years now, Tilos has plotted a course that is dedicated to protecting the environment," she said. "We are seeking visitors—tourists actually—people who will visit our island who love the environment and want to protect it and nature as it was given to us."

Tourism is the main source of revenue for the island. But businesses have been plagued by lengthy blackouts, leaving hotels without and restaurants without light or power, forcing them to discard food from warm refrigerators.

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power
In this photo dated Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, people eat in a tavern in the Aegean island of Tilos, Greece. When the blades of the 800 kilowatt wind turbine start turning, Tilos will become the first island in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power. (AP Photo/ Iliana Mier)

Hotel owner Sevasti Delaporta has closely followed the project since its inception over two years ago. There were initial doubts about the idea among Tilos residents, but tests have run smoothly, even during peak times this summer. The grid is expected to be fully operational in a few months.

"I'm very optimistic about this project because there are few negative consequences as a business, and for the guests of the hotel that I run," says Delaporta. "People are pleased with the service because they have no problem with their fridges and they have no problem with their air conditioning. They are happy."

With long sunny days and average temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit) during the summer, tourists spend their mornings at the beach and afternoons napping. The island comes alive in the evening, when businesses open and residents and tourists alike flock to bars and cafes.

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power
In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, photo people drink coffee in a coffee shop on the Aegean island of Tilos, Greece. Tilos with its winter population of 400 and summer population of some 3000, will become the first island in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power, when the blades of the 800 kilowatt wind turbine start turning. (AP Photo/ Iliana Mier)

Eva Lemaier has visited the island every year for more than two decades. Coming from the Netherlands, which has one of the world's highest environmental standards, she says Tilos' green policies stand out in Greece.

"I'm also a little bit proud of Tilos about what they are doing now, with the renewable ," she said. "I think it's good for the island not to be dependent on other islands."

  • Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power
    In this Thursday , Aug. 9, 2018, photo, a solar park on the Aegean island of Tilos, Greece. Tilos with its winter population of 400 and summer population of some 3000, will become the first island in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power, when the blades of the 800 kilowatt wind turbine start turning. (AP Photo/ Iliana Mier)
  • Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power
    In this Thursday , Aug. 9, 2018, photo goats stand in front of electric poles on the Aegean island of Tilos, Greece. Tilos with its winter population of 400 and summer population of some 3000, will become the first island in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power when the blades of the 800 kilowatt wind turbine start turning. (AP Photo/ Iliana Mier)

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Aug 19, 2018
$15.7 million


Let's see how long it lasts without the EU funding it. Batteries have a replacement cycle of around 10 years, the turbines go out at 20-25 years, and solar panels don't break even until 20-30 years unless you got them really really cheap.

It the maintenance and upkeep is 5% a year to "average" replacement rate of 15 years, it's going to be $1 million per year until replacement or $2500 per local resident per year.

If you're using energy like an average american household, it comes out plus minus zero. If you're using less, you're paying more. Beats a diesel generator, but upgrading the grid connections would probably have come cheaper in the long run.

Aug 20, 2018
$15.7 million


Let's see how long it lasts without the EU funding it. Batteries have a replacement cycle of around 10 years, the turbines go out at 20-25 years, and solar panels don't break even until 20-30 years unless you got them really really cheap.

It the maintenance and upkeep is 5% a year to "average" replacement rate of 15 years, it's going to be $1 million per year until replacement or $2500 per local resident per year.

If you're using energy like an average american household, it comes out plus minus zero. If you're using less, you're paying more. Beats a diesel generator, but upgrading the grid connections would probably have come cheaper in the long run.

No man. Super capacitor batteries are here. 1 000 000 cycles in each, check out Kilowatt labs.

Aug 20, 2018
I suggest you check this out:
https://environme...01.2.pdf

Aug 21, 2018
"I suggest you check this out:"


Wrong side of the Atlantic.

"No man. Super capacitor batteries are here. 1 000 000 cycles in each, check out Kilowatt labs."


They're not using anything like that, plus supercapacitors have high self-leakage and are still 30 times lower in energy density - even small capacities quickly require enormous banks of capacitors and loads of money.

Aug 21, 2018
Oh, I guess physics is different on the different sides of the Atlantic.

Oil and gas are losing. Come on by, and I'll give you a ride in my Tesla Model S, P-85. I generate sufficient electrical power with the house PV system to drive for free, essentially.

Aug 21, 2018
Tilos island "has a population of 780 inhabitants (2011 census)"
Globally, wind and solar have reached a terawatt(1000 gigawatts) of installed-capacity at cost of trillions of dollars and huge ecological impacts, a trillion-dollar fiasco at reducing emissions, and RE zealots have only a small island as showcase.

Fortunately, gskam has found out a way of converting his lies into perpetual motion to produce electricity to power the whole state.
Oops! California is 61.3% powered by gas/fracking.
https://pbs.twimg...kKbq.jpg

Aug 21, 2018
Oops, no fracking in California.

Aug 21, 2018
Just cleaned out the electric Tesla Model S after the last Tahoe trip. Sure was nice being in such a fast and safe car, one which avoided the $100 gas bill.

Coal was the fuel for the 19th Century. Nukes were the mistakes of the 20th.

Today renewables power my life, and they will power yours, too.

Aug 21, 2018
"Coal was the fuel for the 19th Century."
Solar was the mistake of the 19th.
July 20th 1891: New York Times: "Solar Energy would drive all the steam engines in the World".
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In the 1930's, wind turbines were already used by Nazi-environmentalists/Eco-fascists to butch birds and bats in midair.
"German engineer Hermann Honnef designed this 1,400-foot high, Hydra-Headed Windmill in the 1930s."
https://uploads.d...2991.jpg
https://www.inves...g-scare/
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https://uploads.d...59a5.jpg

Aug 30, 2018
willieward carefully quotes the lower, off-season population figure instead of the much larger tourist season population and higher power requirements of the hot season. But he's got no agenda. Right. It gets up to 3000 in the peak period. "a winter population of 400. But that swells to as many as 3,000 people in the summer, putting an impossible strain on its dilapidated power supply."

Sep 03, 2018
"Oh, I guess physics is different on the different sides of the Atlantic."


Different sea entirely. North Atlantic vs. the Meditarrenean Sea. You should at least check out where the Greek islands are located geographically before you comment.

And, different type of wind turbines: onshore vs. offshore. If you're trying to make a point by reference, at least pick a comparable reference.

Sep 03, 2018
"But he's got no agenda."


Willieward is a counter-troll, originally taking his inspiration by throwing gkam back his own propaganda preaching in reverse.

Sep 03, 2018
Many stalwarts stuck in the past do not like to see many of us can make our own power, save money, and drive clean cars.

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