The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) are collaborating towards the modernization of the Cyprus power system, supporting the green and digital transition of the island’s energy infrastructure. The two parties, within the framework of their wider collaboration agreement, organized a workshop at EAC’s headquarters, on the 25th of November 2022, to present the research outcomes of their collaboration.
During the workshop, the KIOS research team presented the research outcomes of eight projects that were undertaken by the KIOS CoE on behalf of EAC throughout the period of 2021-2022. The projects were related to intelligent monitoring and management of transmission and distribution network equipment, automated analysis of the operation of distribution network, smart management of the future distribution systems, and automated risk management for EAC’s activities. In addition, reference was made to their collaboration on research and innovation projects funded by national and European funding sources. The moderator during the workshop was EAC’s General Management Manager, Mr. Andreas Ioannides.
The EAC’s Chairwoman, Mrs. Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, stated that research and innovation are key drivers for growth, pointing out that EAC has planned a specific policy that supports research and innovation. The collaboration between EAC and KIOS CoE, she said, is part of this policy. Concluding, Mrs. Theodosiou expressed the hope that this collaboration will continue, since it brings beneficial outcomes both to EAC and the research community in Cyprus.
In addition, the EAC’s General Manager, Mr. Adonis Yiasemides, said that the organization faces organizational, technological, and operational challenges. The use of research and innovation outcomes, he continued, contributes to EAC’s reliability and sustainability. The collaboration with Centers of Excellence such as KIOS, he added, supports this goal.
On behalf of the KIOS CoE, the Deputy Director, Prof. Christos Panayiotou, stated that the collaboration between the two parties brings positive outcomes, as they help the Authority to address current and future energy challenges, such as the penetration of renewable energy sources into the power system and the automation of its operation for achieving the optimal employee performance and efficient operation. Furthermore, according to Prof. Panayiotou, this collaboration enables the technology transfer to the EAC and creates innovative solutions, contributing to the evolution of the Cyprus power system.