Posted on: 11/Jan/2010
The 4th national conference on the theme "Application of Renewable Energy Sources: Towards an ambitious and credible National Action Plan" will be held in Athens from May 10 to 12, organised by the National Technical University (Polytechnic) of Athens' Renewable Energy Sources Unit (RENES).
The conference will focus on the formulation of a National Action Plan on renewable energy sources (RES) as per the EU Directive adopted on December 17, known as the "20-20-20 plan", which requires that overall energy consumption in the EU supplied by RES reach 20 percent by 2020.
The Renewable Energy Directive, which sets the EU's climate change reduction targets for the next decade, also envisages a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 20 percent cut in energy consumption through improved energy efficiency by 2020.
The 4th conference, like the preceding three conferences, aims to contribute to a speedier and wider penetration of RES on the energy market, the drafting of an integrated and flexible National Strategy on RES, and the development of large-scale RES applications in free market conditions.
The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic institutions of Greece. NTUA has been involved for a long time in education and research activities related to renewable energy sources. Over the years, different groups were formed at different departments working on the full spectrum of renewable sources.
Recently, researchers from different departments joined forces to create a suitable framework necessary for fruitful future collaboration.
RENES is a unit for studying and promoting renewable energy sources grouping all the educational and research activities of NTUA on renewables and their applications.
RENES inherited all the experience and know-how acquired by its members who worked separately in the past in the field of renewable energy sources. The members of RENES believe that this experience combined with the dynamism of the newly formed unit gives to RENES the power needed for the successful fulfilment of its objectives.
In addition, the unit has developed cooperation with a wide network of external associates from the private and the public sector.
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