Prof. Stavros A. Papathanassiou

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Selected research and consulting activities


·        Support to the Greek authorities in the development of the regulatory framework for storage in Greece, in his capacity as Coordinator of the Storage Task Force appointed by the Ministry of Energy.

·        Inception of State aid support schemes for storage projects and notification to EC, in collaboration with the Greek authorities:

o   New framework for the establishment and remuneration of hybrid RES-storage plants in non-interconnected islands (competitive tenders and individual aid)

o   Support scheme for pure storage projects in the mainland power system (competitive tenders for BES projects and individual aid to a 680 MW pumped-hydro facility)

·        Feasibility analysis, technical design, licensing, grid interconnection and market studies for individual RES and storage projects:

o   RES projects (wind, PV and solar thermal)

o   Storage projects in the mainland system (pumped hydro and batteries)

o   RES+storage projects in the mainland system (primarily PV/wind + batteries)

o   Hybrid power stations in the non-interconnected islands (PV/wind + pumped hydro or batteries)

·        Technical consultancy to Hybrid Power Station projects currently in operation or under development in Greek islands:

o   Ikaria Hybrid Power Station (PPC Renewables - wind-pumped hydro)

o   Tilos island Hybrid Power Station (Eunice - wind-PV-batteries)

o   Aghios Efstratios Green Island project (CRES with TERNA Energy as contractor - wind-PV-batteries & district heating)

o   Astypalaia Smart & Sustainable Island (RAE to tender selection of hybrid PV+battery producer, to supply electromobility and local demand)

·        Several research and consulting projects:

o   “Evaluation of expected RES energy curtailment level in the Greek interconnected system and market in 2030” (IPTO SA, 2022).

o   “Fault level of the Greek 20 kV network and evaluation of solutions to upgrade the RES hosting capacity of the existing network” (HEDNO, 2022).

o   “Methodology to identify generation capacity needs of autonomous island systems and principles for the procurement and remuneration of new conventional capacity” (HEDNO, 2022).

o   “Tender preparation for the selection of the hybrid (RES-storage) producer for the “Astypalaia: Smart and Sustainable Island” pilot project” (RAE, 2021-2022).

o   “Support scheme for electricity storage projects under RRF, identification of additional services by storage facilities and framework for RES integration” (for the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Greek TSO IPTO S.A., 2021-22).

o   “Distribution Control Centre operational concept and expansion planning” (for the Albanian DSO (OSHEE), through Fichtner GmbH – 2021-2022).

o   “Just clean energy transition of Diapontia Islands (JEDI)” (action EL-181-2021-023 under the NESOI EU Project, for DAFNI, 2021-2022).

o   “Wind turbine repowering in Kythnos (WiRe-K)” (action EL-177-2021-022 under the NESOI EU Project, for DAFNI, 2021-2022).

o   “Determination of RES hosting capacities for Non-Interconnected Island Systems” (HEDNO, several projects 2013-2021).

o   “Capacity adequacy analysis of the power system of Cyprus in 2021-2026” (for the Cyrpus Regulatory Authority for Energy - CERA, 2021).

o   “Development of a regulatory framework for connection and use of network charges in Cyprus”, (for CERA, 2020-2021).

o   “Identification of needs, market participation rules and quantitative analysis of a State-aid support mechanism for electricity storage projects in Cyprus” (for CERA, 2020-2021).

o   “Renewable energy generation integration study in the distribution grid of Kosovo” (subcontract within a World Bank Project for the Kosovo Energy Regulatory Office, 2020).

o   Kythnos - Smart Island” (Siemens, 2019-2022).

o   “Capacity adequacy and evaluation of solutions (diesel/LNG/renewable generation and storage) for the system of Crete, in its current autonomous and future interconnected state” (for the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy – RAE, 2019).

o   “Support for the development of a regulatory framework for publicly accessible EV recharging infrastructure in Greece” (RAE, 2018-2019).

o   “Support for the establishment of operational electricity markets on the Greek non-interconnected islands – TADNI” (awarded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), 2018-2019).

o   “Algorithms for energy metering, billing and instruction deviations for hybrid RES-storage stations operating in island systems” (for the Greek DSO - HEDNO S.A., 2018).

o   “Support in the development of the Distribution Network Operating Code and content for Code Manuals” (different projects for HEDNO, 2014-2017).

o   “Development of a new pricing framework and tariffs for hybrid power stations in Island Systems” (RAE, 2017).

o   “Management of Rhodes generation system following its capacity expansion” (HEDNO, 2017).

o   “Technical and economic evaluation methodology for island interconnection projects - Technical support to the Regulator Committee evaluating the feasibility of Aegean Sea island interconnections” (RAE, 2017).

o   “Anticipated benefits, feasibility and alternative deployment paradigms of electricity storage in island systems” (TERNA Energy S.A., 2016).

o   “RES penetration potential in the non-interconnected islands of the Aegean Sea” (Siemens S.A., 2016).

o   “Development of a strategic plan for the implementation of the Island System Management Code, including the development of Energy Control Centre infrastructure” (HEDNO, 2015).

o   “Analysis of wind and PV penetration margins in the power system of Cyprus” (Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority -CERA, 2013-2014).

o    “Development and evaluation of alternative proposals for the operation and pricing of pumped storage plants in the Hellenic interconnected power system” (RAE, 2013).

o   “Maximizing RES penetration in the electricity generation mix of Rhodes over a midterm horizon” (Heinrich Böll Stiftung and The Green Institute, 2012-2013).

o   “Development of a technical evaluation framework for the interconnection of small wind turbines to the network” (HEDNO, 2012-2013).

o   “Development of a National Programme for the Exploitation of the Off-Shore Wind Potential in the Aegean Sea – Design of HVDC and HVAC sub-sea interconnections” (GSRT, 2012-2015).

o   “Technical support to the Implementation of Smart Grid Infrastructure in Aegean Sea islands” (DAFNI Island Network, in the framework of the EIB ELENA Programme, 2012-2014).

o   “Development of new SiC transistors and application to a PV inverter” (General Secretariat of Research and Technology – GSRT, 2011-2014).

o   “Parametric Investigation of RES Penetration Potential and Management of RES Stations in the Islands of Crete and Rhodes” (RAE. 2011-2012).

o    “Evaluation of PV and Wind Penetration Potential in the Non-Interconnected Islands on a 5-year Horizon” (PPC S.A., 2010-2011).

o   “MERGE: Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity” (FP7-ENERGY-2009-7.3.3 Project, 2010-2011).

o   “Investigation of applicable Tariffs for Hybrid Power Stations in Non-Interconnected Islands” (RAE, 2010).

o   “Analysis of PV Station Energy Loss Factors” (PPC Renewables S.A., 2009).

o    “Strategic Study for the Interconnection of Autonomous Island Networks to the Mainland Power System –Preliminary Investigation” (RAE, 2006-2007 & 2007-2008).

o    “PV Penetration Potential to the Non-Interconnected Island Systems” (RAE, 2006-2007).

o   “Grid-Code Technical Requirements for the Wind Power Stations” (RAE, 2006-2007).

o   «MICROGRIDS - Large Scale Integration of Micro-Generation to Low Voltage Grids» (FP5, ENK5-CT-2002-00610, 2003-2005) & «MORE MICROGRIDS - Advanced Architectures and Control Concepts for More Microgrids» (FP6, SES6-CT-2005-019864, 2006-2009).

o   “Design and construction of a floating, RES powered water desalination unit” (GSRT, 2003-2007).