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University of East Anglia project puts Greek island at the heart of renewable energy revolution

PUBLISHED: 15:59 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:59 01 August 2017

Tilos, an island near Kos in Greece, has been home to a University of East Anglia renewable energy project. Picture: Tilos Project/ UEA

Tilos, an island near Kos in Greece, has been home to a University of East Anglia renewable energy project. Picture: Tilos Project/ UEA

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It might only have a winter population of 200 but a tiny Greek island is also home to an award-winning University of East Anglia (UEA) energy project.

Nestled between Kos and Rhodes, Tilos is part of a renewable revolution and is about to be self-sufficient thanks to work by UEA and the University of Applied Sciences in Piraeus.

Dr Konstantinos Chalvatzis, senior lecturer in business and climate change at UEA’s Norwich Business School, said: “Tilos is called Greece’s ‘green island’ and will now be the first island in the Mediterranean to be powered by wind and solar energy alone, with zero carbon emissions. At the moment it relies on unreliable oil fuel electricity supplied via cables from Kos but the island is about to be self-sufficient – or even to exchange energy with Kos.”

The project has just won two EU Sustainable Energy Awards – the Energy Island Award and the Citizen’s Award.

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