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Transforming the Greek Cycladic islands into a wind energy hub

Zafeiratou, E; Spataru, C; (2017) Transforming the Greek Cycladic islands into a wind energy hub. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability , 170 (2) pp. 113-129. 10.1680/jensu.15.00054. Green open access

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Abstract

The interconnection of the Greek Cyclades islands with the mainland national grid system is scheduled to be completed by 2025. The aim of this project is to improve energy security, reduce costs and carbon dioxide emissions and increase the use of renewable energy resources. Enhancement of the current isolated power networks through interconnectors will allow higher integration of intermittent wind energy loads to the system. This paper analyses an action plan alongside its economic and carbon dioxide emissions impact, between 2017 and 2030, for the implementation of 258·6 MW wind farms in the region, the equivalent of 772·5 GWh/year according to the Weibull wind speed distribution analysis. The estimated average investment return rate for wind projects equals 23%. This is calculated using a life cycle cost analysis. The average cost of energy by using the International Energy Agency methodology equals €80·9/MWh. This paper concludes that the Cyclades interconnection will assist in transforming the region into a wind energy hub, with zero carbon dioxide emissions, allowing electricity exports of 101 GWh/year to the Greek mainland, while reducing the total electricity costs by €1·4 billion from 2017 to 2030.

Type: Article
Title: Transforming the Greek Cycladic islands into a wind energy hub
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1680/jensu.15.00054
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1680/jensu.15.00054
Language: English
Additional information: Conference paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Buildings 2015 (SEB15), held 1-3 July 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. - Copyright © ICE Publishing, All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted by ICE Publishing to print one copy for personal use. Any other use of these PDF files is subject to reprint fees.
Keywords: Electrical engineering & distribution power renewable energy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1531089
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