The Citizen Engagement Workshop was organized by AEGEA on Kythnos Island and was supported by the Municipality of Kythnos and DAFNI Network, in the framework of the WiseGRID project. For Kythnos the WiseGRID foresees setting up a state-of-the-art integrated electricity system.
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The Open Workshop was organized by AEGEA on Kythnos Island and was supported by the Municipality of Kythnos and DAFNI Network. The event was held in the framework of the WiseGRID project. For Kythnos the WiseGRID foresees setting up a state-of-the-art integrated electricity system that includes: EV charging station and EV procurement, energy storage systems (batteries) for public/municipal buildings, equipment for the optimization of the operation of a desalination plant, equipment for the flexible and optimal operation of the electricity network, increasing the interactive communication with consumers and other new grid management applications.
A number of residents and visitors of Kythnos attended and actively participated in all processes and once again, it turned out that the citizens’ active participation in local decision-making processes is more significant and necessary than ever.
Kostas Komninos, Director of DAFNI Network opened the event, describing the actions PPC Renewables SA has taken for the replacement of the existing wind turbine and outlining the projects related to WiseGRID, that is going to be implemented in Kythnos in the coming years. Then, Valia Iliopoulou, Advisor of Innovative Energy Technologies of the AEGEA, introduced electric mobility, its importance and its benefits, answering a number of questions in the discussion that followed regarding its applications. The second part of the event included an interactive workshop where all the attendees participated. Separated in groups and within 8′, the participants brainstormed and presented the most important benefits and their concerns on the transition and use of electric vehicles and bicycles in Kythnos.
During the last part of the workshop, the groups were given a map of the island and were asked to identify the locations, where charging stations for electric vehicles and bicycles could be installed. All the suggestions were depicted in a larger format, creating this way the possible future networks of the charging stations in Kythnos.
In the next period, AEGEA and DAFNI Network will be intensively working on the maturation of the planned projects related to WiseGRID in Kythnos.
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