The project was focused on the development of an integrated hybrid systems planning tool, enhancing efforts towards RES-based energy and water supply. At the same time, the upgrade of the host laboratory experimental power station was achieved by adding at least a desalination modular unit and combined with the expertise of the research team members in the field of RES-based hybrid systems, it ensured both the quality and novel character of the project outcomes. Concerning the novel or innovative elements of the project, the following should be highlighted:
1. Development of an integrated planning tool for the examination of various RES-based scenarios of energy and water supply for island regions of different characteristics shall provide novel research results and lead to the configuration of optimum, off-the-shelf energy and water solutions.
2. Experimental set-up of a hybrid RES power station with the addition of a desalination unit introduces novel characteristics and promotes research and development in the field of hybrid systems.
3. Consideration of cutting-edge principles such as demand side management and energy saving mechanisms in the development of the planning tool.
4. Use of GIS for the optimum siting of RES-based hybrid configurations in medium and small size islands considerably adds to the standards of the planning methodology. Development of an integrated database tool (Database-SL tool) which includes meteorological and GIS data.
5. Use of advanced and sophisticated prognostic tools, e.g. artificial neural networks, for the assessment of future energy and water demand needs increases reliability of the research results.
6. Development of specific policy measures and support mechanisms for the implementation of RES-based hybrid schemes in Greek islands will promote development of a long-anticipated legislative framework.
7. Results and conclusions following the completion of this research, shall establish the critical role of integrated RES solutions, and are in the long run expected to lead to the gradual reform of contemporary energy and water supply patterns at both autonomous and large-scale interconnected electricity systems.
The PHAROS project was funded by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT) – Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports, in the context of the Action “ARISTEIA II”, under the Operational Program “Education and Lifelong Learning”, which was co-funded by the European Social Fund and Greek Funds.
The PHAROS project commenced on 01/02/2014 and finished on 31/10/2015.