Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES)

Country

Greece

E-mail cperakis@cres.gr; mdamas@cres.gr
The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) (www.cres.gr) 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 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.
CRES has been appointed as the national co-ordination centre in its areas of activity by Law 2244/94 and Law 2702/99. Furthermore, through recent Law 4342/2015, transposing the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU), CRES is appointed as the National Coordination Centre supporting the implementation of national policy for energy efficiency and for the promotion of RES, supporting public bodies towards their action plans for improving energy efficiency in buildings or other areas of their activities. CRES is also a National Coordinator of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
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 154 people out of whom 115 highly qualified engineers (most of them holding a PhD Degree) and other scientists. 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 through work carried out on behalf of third parties (industry, investors, etc.). CRES has a dynamic presence (as coordinator or partner) in projects implemented through several EU programmes such as Interreg MED, Interreg Greece-Cyprus, Interreg Greece-Albania, Interreg Greece-The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, ENPI CBC MED, Horizon 2020, IEE, EU CIP, FP6, FP7, Adriatic IPA, LIFE, etc., focused in the fields of energy-efficiency and renewable energy applications.
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