Greece’s First Completely ‘Green’ Island

greek-islandTilos is a small Greek island that was known for its herbs and myrrh during ancient times, while today the island is famous for its fragrant honey, rocky beauty and a small plain that pops like a green firework.

The island will become autonomous after implementing an innovative hybrid energy production and storage system, where energy will be exclusively derived from renewable sources. Tilos will be the first Mediterranean island to go fully “green” and become autonomous in regards to energy. This innovative system will be a revolutionary step toward implementing more renewable energy systems across Europe.

The TILOS program has been included in Horizon 2020, the largest EU innovation funding program. TILOS received the highest evaluation among 80 competing projects during the examination process. The program involves 15 partners from seven European countries headed by a research team from the Laboratory of Renewable Energy and Environmental Protection from the University of Piraeus and includes companies like the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO), WWF Hellas and Eunice, a company with long-term activity in the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) sector.

“Tilos is a small border island that faces many problems, receives little support and has great tenacity. Despite the setbacks, we always try to strive for the best, different and new. TILOS program is an innovative project, consistent with our island’s tradition to protect the environment, which will integrate the island in the global energy leadership, while opening new horizons in the ecotourism field and enhancing the image of our island internationally,” said Tilos’ mayor Maria Kamma Aliferi.