Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving Foundation- Greece

 The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) is the Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Rational Use of Energy (RUE) and Energy Saving (ES). It was founded in September 1987 by the Presidential Decree 375. It is a public entity, supervised by the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy, and has financial and administrative independence. CRES has been appointed as the national co-ordination centre in its areas of activity by Law 2244/94 and Law 2702/99. Since 1992, CRES is located on its wholly owned premises, which apart from the offices they also include experimental outdoor installations, a wind energy test site, specialized laboratories (biomass, photovoltaics, passive solar systems, fuel cells, wind energy), mechanical shop, conference rooms, a library and a strong computing infrastructure. CRES has a scientific staff of approximately 165 people out of whom 130 are permanent staff, 110 highly qualified engineers (most of them holding a PhD Degree) and other scientists whilst the remaining are external experts who work with CRES on a contract basis. CRES develops new technologies and projects in wind, PVs, solar thermal, geothermal, hydro, biomass and biogas projects.

CRES’ funding is provided mainly by the European Union, through the Centre’s participation in competitive EU programmes, by the Ministry of Environment and Energy and other Ministries, through CRES’ participation in national projects, as well as from work carried out on behalf of third parties (industry, investors, etc.).

CRES operates in two main activity fields:

  • As a Research and Technological Centre for RES/RUE/ES, by developing applied research for the new energy technologies and by technically supporting the market for the penetration and the implementation of these technologies.
  • As the National Energy Centre, working on energy planning and policy for RES and ES and developing the necessary infrastructure to support the implementation of RES & ES investment projects.

5TOI Project Responsible

Dr. Perakis acquired his PhD in chemical thermodynamics from the National Technical University of Athens in 2007. From 2007 to 2009 he has worked for a private Greek company in the study and development of RE investment projects. Since 2009 he’s working at CRES as an Energy Expert.  Dr. Perakis has significant working experience in the European Southern Neighborhood area as he was the coordinator of the recent MARE FP7 project that aimed at fostering cooperation between Mediterranean countries for bridging the gap between research and innovation, and assistant project manager at the RESSOL-MEDBUILD FP7 project, which aimed at building capacities of two Mediterranean organizations, the National Energy Research Center (NERC) of Jordan and the Lebanese Association for Energy Saving & for Environment (ALMEE). He has also participated in the ENSIAP ENPI-CBC-MED project as a RE expert, where he collaborated with research institutions in Lebanon and Jordan for the installation of solar-pumping systems at agricultural farms and trained local stakeholders in solar PV technologies.

Ms Eleni Chatzigeorgiou is a Civil & Structural Engineer with an MSc in Built Environment: Environmental Design and Engineering obtained in 2000 from the University College London. She has over 15 years of experience working as an engineering consultant in the fields of energy-efficiency, integration of renewable energy and sustainable design, focused on the building sector. For 10 years she worked in a specialised team focused on low-energy and sustainable buildings’ design, in an international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, based in London (UK). Since 2011 she has been working at CRES, where she has coordinated and/or participated as a team member in various national/EU/international projects in the fields of energy-efficiency, integration of renewables and sustainability. She has been the technical coordinator for CRES, of three recent projects of Mediterranean territorial cooperation, funded by the EU MED 2007-2013 Programme: ELIH-MED (Energy-efficiency in low-income housing in the Mediterranean) - Strategic project with 18 partners from 7 MED countries, MedStrategy (Integrated Strategy for Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Rural areas) and IRH-MED (Innovative Residential Housing for the Mediterranean).

Contact details

Christoforos Perakis

Tel: +30 2106607428

Mobile: +306942828882

Skype address: christoforos-catherine

Fax:+30 2106603301

E-mail: cperakis@cres.gr

Organisation address: 19th km Marathonos Ave, 19009, Pikermi Attiki Greece

Website: www.cres.gr

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