Assessing the Status of Electricity Generation in the Non-Interconnected Islands of the Aegean Sea Region

Georgios Tzanes, Effrosyni Zafeiraki, Christiana Papapostolou, Dimitrios Zafirakis, Konstantinos Moustris, Kavadias Kosmas, Konstantinos Chalvatzis, John Kaldellis

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Assessment of the electricity generation status for Non-Interconnected Islands (NIIs) of the Aegean Sea region, excluding the electricity systems of Crete and Rhodes, is undertaken in the current study. The authors focus on the long-term analysis of thermal power generation characteristics and also on the challenges so far limiting the contribution of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in covering the electricity needs of the specific area. According to the present analysis, due to the existing technical limitations, the annual RES shares in the electricity balance of NIIs of the Aegean Sea have since 2010 stagnated in the range of 15% to 18%. Moreover, the performance of thermal power stations for all 30 NII systems is evaluated on the basis of their utilization factor, associated fuel consumption and electricity production costs. The vast majority of these stations is characterized by low capacity factors in combination with high specific fuel consumption and high operational expenses that in the case of smaller scale island regions could even exceed 600€/MWh. At the same time, the authors discuss on the alternatives and encourage further investigation of novel, intelligent energy solutions, such as the smart microgrid and battery-based hybrid power station that are currently developed on the island of Tilos under the implementation of the TILOS Horizon 2020 program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-429
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019
EventApplied Energy Symposium and Forum, Renewable Energy Integration with Mini/Microgrids, REM 2018 - Rhodes Greece
Duration: 29 Sep 201830 Sep 2018

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