Find out how the Aegean Energy and Environment Agency (AEGEA) is working on “Kythnos Smart Island” is the biggest research and development project ever to be implemented in the Greek islands, which aims to build a local economy that is diverse, circular and sustainable.
“Kythnos Smart Island” is the biggest research and development project ever to be implemented in the Greek islands, and as such represents a lighthouse project both for Greece and the international community. With a budget of approximately 8 million euros, the project will help Kythnos embark on a local development paradigm that harnesses the unique natural and cultural capital of the island, that creates sustainable growth and offers high-quality of life to locals and visitors.
In the years to come, Kythnos will become a true “living lab” where innovative solutions for the efficient upgrade and smart management of local infrastructures, including energy, water, waste, transport and street lighting will be designed and deployed. These interventions will lay the foundation for the island to extend its tourism season beyond traditional peak periods and strengthen the interdependence of its primary, secondary and tertiary sectors; ultimately, building a local economy that is diverse, circular and sustainable.
Overall the project is set to have a significant positive impact on the Greek economy for three main reasons:
The selection of Kythnos as test-bed for this landmark project is linked with the fact that Kythnos is close to Athens and well-connected with the two major ports of Piraeus and Lavrio; is not included in the interconnection plans and will hence remain non-interconnected with the mainland electrical system for the coming years; and has a long and successful track-record of hosting innovative technologies since the 80’s.
The project had a significant impact on the operation of the electrical system, integrating flexibility at the demand side. It also allowed for an uptake of thematic scientific tourism, and for the improvement of local participation and ownership of local populations.
The project is implemented by the Network of Sustainable Greek Islands – DAFNI / Aegean Energy and Environment Agency and the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems of the National Technical University of Athens. For more information, see https://bit.ly/32LSRYl