Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving
The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) is the Greek national centre for Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Rational Use of Energy (RUE) and Energy Saving (ES). CRES was instituted as the national coordination centre in its areas of activity by the Law 2244/94 (Production of Electricity from RES). CRES is a public entity, supervised by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, having, nevertheless, financial and administrative independence. During the more than twenty years of its operation CRES has participated in more than 600 European and national projects. CRES is a member of European and international networks of similar organisations, such as: EnR, MEDENER, FEDARENE, Energy Cities, EUFORES, OPET, EUREC Agency, Efficiency 2000, etc. and cooperates with large international organisations such as IEA, UNESCO, ISES, PLEA, IEC, CEN/CENELEC, etc. The Department of PV and Distributed Generation Systems is involved in applied research, mainly control, management at the system level. Within this activity, the Hybrid system/Microgrid test site and PV systems Laboratory have been developed. These facilities have the capability to conduct characterization testing, evaluation and running operation application cases according to international standards. The department also cooperates with organisations for the promotion of PV technology, Distributed Generation and Smart Grids, such as EPIA, and the European Electricity Grid Initiative, the ETP for Photovoltaics, EERA PV and Smartgrids Joint Programmes.
CRES's Role in ELECTRA IRP: CRES has carried out several projects related to SmartGrids, development of VPPs and energy-management solutions and the implementation of functionalities for the support and the operation of the network in EU projects such as: EU-DEEP, MoreMicrogrids, DERri, SEESGEN-ICT, SmartGrids-ERANet, MIRABEL etc. Due to the experience gained from these projects, CRES is involved in most of the RTD activities of ELECTRA IRP (apart from WP8) with emphasis on the integration and laboratory testing.