CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVINGCENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING

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The CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING (CRES) (http://www.cres.gr) is the national coordination centre of Greece on renewable energy and energy saving technologies, including geothermal energy and the official Greek government consultant in national policy, strategy and planning. In addition, CRES carries out applied research and works as promoter, organiser and advisor on all aspects of planning and implementation of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

CRES has participated in more than 700 European, national and international projects. These include applied research and technological development projects, demonstration and/or commercial application projects, energy policy studies, development of energy information systems and energy modelling, investment feasibility studies, techno-economic feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, market research as well as activities for the promotion and dissemination of RES/RUE and ES. Through these projects, CRES has developed co-operation with many public and private organisations, at a national, European and international level.

The Department of PV and Distributed Generation Systems of CRES is involved in applied research, having the capability to conduct characterization testing and experimental procedures according to international standards. CRES cooperates systematically with organisations for the promotion of PV technology and Distributed Generation, such as EPIA and actively participates in European initiatives, e.g. the Electricity Networks of the Future (Smart Grids) and the European Technology Platforms for Photovoltaics (PVā€“TRAC) etc. as well as in the preparation of the thematic priorities of FP7.