The island of Tilos is currently supplied with oil-based electricity from neighbouring Kos via an undersea cable that is vulnerable to faults. Switching to wind and solar power should make the island with population of around 400 inhabitants more energy resilient. This will be achieved by installing a single wind turbine, a small scale photovoltaic park and an integrated battery storage system.
“Our goal is to encounter first the problem of power cuts. This will be resolved by our hybrid power station providing local RES power generation, and sufficient backup through the battery storage system,” Zafirakis said.
The TILOS system, when complete, will cover approximately 70% of local demand in stand-alone operation, with the vision being to get close to 100% in the near future.
“Once the system becomes operational, we would like to explore the opportunity to create an Energy Cooperative, with the involvement of the islanders, aiming to expand the system in order to reach 100% energy autonomy,” he said.