Provision of Services for the Development of the Electric-Vehicles’ Charging Stations Plan in the Municipality of Heraklion, Crete

On December 2, 2020, the Municipality of Heraklion signed a contract with MES ENERGY concerning the provision of support services in the development of the Electric-Vehicles’ Charging Stations Plan, also known as S.F.I.O. This initiative aims to exploit the possibilities offered by Law 4710/2020 for the development of electromobility and its infrastructure, so as to achieve the objectives of the National Plan for Electromobility. In order for the Municipality to respond timely to the priorities and needs that arose, the assistance of specialized consultants with experience in the field of electromobility and implementation of action plans was required. MES ENERGY was chosen for this role, using funding from municipal sources. In more detail, the company undertook the support in the development of the Electric-Vehicles’ Charging Stations Plan, which determines the location of a sufficient number of normal or high power publicly accessible charging stations for Electric Vehicles (E/V), as well as the parking spaces for E/V within the administrative boundaries of the Municipality. Initially, the company analyzed the existing situation and the mapping of the intervention area, then chose the location of charging stations of E/V and created scenarios for the development of an integrated E/V charging network and, finally, the company delivered the relevant Master Plan, as well as a monitoring method for the S.F.I.O.
Some of the benefits that arise for the Municipality, through the mentioned activity, include the complete and detailed recording of the installation locations of charging stations of E/V, as well as the conduction of a Master Plan, in order for the Municipality to be ready to submit funding offers for the realization of the project concerning the creation of charging infrastructure. However, it is worth mentioning that the most important benefit remains the turn of the Municipality towards clean transportations and the reduction of its environmental footprint.

Relocation of P/V System for LAMDA HELLIX S.A.

On September 10, 2020, MES ENERGY signed a contract with LAMDA HELLIX S.A. concerning the provision of services for the relocation of a P/V system of 100 kWp power from an existing building of the company to a new location. In more detail, MES ENERGY undertook the licensing process for the relocation of the project, modifying the existing contracts as well as proceeding to the required licensing for the new installation site. The company also undertook the relocation process of the project, in accordance with the specifications of standards ΕΛΟΤ ΕΝ 62446 and ΕΛΟΤ HD 384 which define the requirements for the documentation, the tests, the commissioning, the inspection and the electrical installation of the project. Moreover, the company installed a grounding system in the new location, according to the standards ΕΛΟΤ 1197 and IEC EN 62305-2.
LAMDA HELLIX S.A. is one of the fastest growing data center service providers in Southeast Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Environmental protection is a key pillar in the company’s efforts and daily practice, present both in its functions and in the services it provides. It is worth mentioning that, through the above collaboration, MES ENERGY contributed to the shared goal of reducing the environmental footprint of the company.

Supply and Installation of a Hydrogen Refueling Station using Hydrogen Fuel in the Facilities of NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”

In the framework of the Operational Programme “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2014-2020”, a call for a Tender was launched, in 2020, concerning the procurement, installation, commissioning and training of operators of a Hydrogen Refueling Station in the facilities of NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”. The competition was conducted through an Open Process via the National Electronic Public Procurement System (NEPPS) and is funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and national resources, through the Ministry of Development and Investment. MES Energy was selected for this purpose, on the basis of criteria related to the best value for money, economic and financial adequacy, technical and professional competence, quality assurance and environmental management standards, as well as compliance with the necessary technical specifications. On 28 July 2020, MES Energy signed the above contract with NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”. “DEMOKRITOS” is a research center focusing on Technology and Research. Its purpose is to conduct high level basic and applied research, aiming to promote scientific and technological knowledge in Natural Sciences, as well as to support innovation. In this context, “DEMOKRITOS” cooperates with MES Energy, in order to develop the first Hydrogen Refueling Station (HRS) in Greece, as well as the subsequent demonstration of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The final product, i.e. the integrated system of production, storage, refueling and consumption of hydrogen, will consist of five main subsystems: a photovoltaic system for energy supply, a hydrogen production system using PEM electrolysis, a hydrogen storage system, a hydrogen refueling system and hydrogen-powered vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells. Finally, it has to be mentioned that relevant projects can be part of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, powered by the European Union (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking – FCH JU – www.fch.europa.eu), which aims to facilitate and accelerate the market entry of these technologies, with the ultimate goal of the transition towards clean energy, as hydrogen technologies offer the opportunity for a shift to clean transportations and to the reduction of our carbon footprint on the environment.

Supply of four Electric Vehicles and one Charging Station in the Municipality of Chania

In July 2019, a call for a Tender was launched for the signing of a contract concerning the supply of one electric minibus, three electric two-wheeled vehicles and one charging station in the Municipality of Chania. MES ENERGY was selected for this purpose, as it presented the most cost effective offer, and signed the above contract with the Municipality of Chania on March 13, 2020. The contract is part of the realization of the project: “Common Actions to Develop Green – Environmentally Friendly Tours in Tourist Areas”, also known by the acronym “ECORouTs”, which is part of the “INTERREG VA Greece-Cyprus 2014-2020” Cooperation Programme. The mentioned project is funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund), by Greece (Public Investment Program) and by the Municipality of Chania. In more detail, the contract includes the supply of four electric vehicles, one minibus, allowing access to people with limited mobility, and three two-wheeled vehicles, with batteries (Battery Electric Vehicles – BEV) that offer autonomy for 100km/charge, whose movement is supplied exclusively from electricity stored in Lithium technology deep charge / discharge batteries with energy management system (EMS). The Contract also includes the supply and installation of a charging station compatible with the supplied vehicles at a selected and appropriate location of the municipal facilities. Additionally, due to the electric vehicles’ different driving features and maintenance needs compared to the conventional vehicles, the company undertook the training of the staff of the Municipality of Chania, which took place at the premises of the Municipality. Finally, it is worth mentioning that the above activity, in addition to serving the needs of the Municipality in vehicles, aims to encourage citizens to use low or zero emissions vehicles, thus contributing to the reduction of the environmental footprint caused by public transport.

Supply and Maintenance of an Electric Bus and a Charging Station in the Municipality of Paphos

In the framework of the INTERREG V-A Cooperation Program Greece-Cyprus 2014-2020, a call for Tender was launched, in 2019, for the conclusion of a contract for the supply and maintenance of an electric bus, as well as for the supply, installation and maintenance of an electric vehicle charging station in the Municipality of Paphos. The program was co-funded by the European Union (ERDF) and by national resources of Greece and Cyprus. MES ENERGY managed to be selected for the above purpose, based on criteria regarding the most economical offer, and signed the aforementioned contract with the Municipality of Paphos on the 19th of December 2019. Specifically, the company undertook the supply of a fully electric bus, with at least 20 seats, access and space for one wheelchair and a seat for the transport of bicycles, as well as its maintenance, preventive or corrective, for a period of two years. At the same time, the company was responsible for the training of drivers and technicians from the Municipality of Paphos in the use and operational parameters of the vehicle. In addition, MES ENERGY was entrusted with the supply and installation of a fast charging station for electric vehicles, as well as its maintenance for a period of two years. Regarding the charging station, which was installed in full operational mode in a public site in the Municipality of Paphos, the company was responsible for the execution of all the necessary electrical, construction and technical work required for its installation, as well as for the preparation of electrical studies, in order to ensure its proper operation. Finally, it is worth mentioning that, always in collaboration with the Municipality of Paphos, MES ENERGY, through the above activity, contributes to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions caused by transportations, realizing its vision for a future focused on clean energy.

Support of CRES in the Implementation of the Capitalization of the SHERPA Programme

In 2019, the Center For Renewable Energy Sources (CRES) conducted a tender and launched a call for offers concerning the provision of the service entitled: “Planning and implementation of actions for the capitalization of the results of the SHERPA project, on national and European level”. This service was included in the framework of the realization of the Project SHared knowledge for Energy Renovations in buildings by Public Administrations (“SHERPA”) of the Interreg MED 2014-2020 Project, which was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by national resources (Public Investment Program). MES ENERGY was selected for the above purpose, as it presented the most economical offer, based on an optimal value for money, and signed the corresponding contract with CRES on November 13, 2019. CRES participated as a Partner and coordinator of Work Package 5 (Capitalization), in the European Project “SHERPA”. 12 Partners from 6 Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Croatia) and 12 “Supporting” Partners participated in the aforementioned Project. The Project, contributing to the transnational cooperation on the improvement of energy efficiency of public buildings, aimed at strengthening the capacity of Public Authorities on a regional and local level in the Mediterranean Countries, in order to energy upgrade public buildings, by emphasizing the importance of coordinated activity between regional and local authorities, in line with national policies. The actions of the Project were structured around five Packages, the last of which is the Capitalization, i.e. “the organization of information concerning the implementation of programs, projects, their results and the methods used, so that the accumulated experience can be used in other programs or projects”. The objectives of the Capitalization included the development of an online platform and the preparation of the Joint Action Plan of the SHERPA Project. According to the contract, MES ENERGY undertook the provision of services of planning, implementation and monitoring of the activities of capitalization of the results of the SHERPA Project, on a national and European level. In more detail, the company initially undertook the preparation of the Capitalization Plan and the results of the SHERPA Project in the participating countries in the Mediterranean and Europe in general. Additionally, the company undertook the mobilization of target groups, especially from the 6 countries involved in SHERPA, to actively participate in capitalization activities, such as joining the Joint Action Plan, participating in Regional workshops relevant to the project, and other events concerning energy saving in buildings, subscribing and using the online capitalization platform of the project, etc. Finally, MES ENERGY undertook the design, implementation, coordination and operation of an online platform containing both the Online Capitalization Forum, aiming at networking, technical expertise exchange and developing synergies, on a Mediterranean level, regarding the energy efficiency of public buildings, by using the results of the SHERPA Project, as well as four Capitalization Set of Toolkits, that consist a “library” of useful tools and information available to anyone concerned on energy upgrade of buildings.

Supply of Electric Buses and Charging Stations in the Municipality of Heraklion

In March 2019, a call for a Tender was launched for the conclusion of a Contract for the supply of two electric buses and the installation of their accompanying charging stations. The Contract concerns the Municipality of Heraklion, within the framework of “Innovation Zero Pollution Vehicles”, which is part of the realization of the project: “Common Actions to Develop Green – Environmentally Friendly Tours in Tourist Areas”, also known by the acronym “ECORouTs”, which is part of the “INTERREG VA Greece-Cyprus 2014-2020” Cooperation Programme. The program is funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund), by Greece (Public Investment Program), Cyprus and the Municipality of Heraklion. MES ENERGY was selected for this purpose, as it presented the most cost effective offer, and signed the Contract on October 15, 2019. As a result, the company undertook the supply of two electric buses with a capacity of at least 30 people each, as well as access and space for one wheelchair. The buses have an autonomy of 120km, full charge capacity in less than 8 hours, easy battery replacement between shifts (Quick Fit Battery System), electronic energy recovery system during braking and deceleration of the vehicle, as well as built-in charger (“on-board charger ”). In addition, the mentioned electric buses produce zero pollutants and they have a small size but sufficient capacity, in order to meet the needs of visitors and residents of the Municipality of Heraklion in specific areas with attractions, such as the historic city center. MES ENERGY also undertook the supply and installation of two charging stations for the aforementioned vehicles. The route of the buses and the location of the charging stations were selected with respect to the environment and on the basis of the optimal route, in order to ensure the necessary time for the charging of the buses. Furthermore, due to the electric vehicles’ different driving features and maintenance needs compared to the conventional ones, the company undertook the training of the staff of the Municipality of Heraklion, which took place at the premises of the Municipality, in order to optimize the performance of the buses, given their special characteristics. It is also worth mentioning that electric buses present many advantages over conventional ones, such as cheaper and easier maintenance and repair, reduced risk of ignition, as they do not use fuel, and decreased noise emissions. However, their most important advantage remains the zero pollutants emission. Thus, through this project, MES ENERGY contributes to the satisfaction of the needs of both the local population and visitors of the Μunicipality for transportation, without a parallel burden on the natural environment.

Supply and Installation of Equipment of a PV System for TEMAK SA

On May 17, 2019, MES ENERGY signed an agreement for the supply and installation of equipment for TEMAK SA. Therefore, the company undertook the study, the licensing, the procurement, the installation and the commissioning of a PV station of 67,275 kWp. The station operates under the net-metering mechanism and was installed at the premises of TEMAK SA. The construction of the PV station was realized in accordance with the standards ΕΛΟΤ ΕΝ 62446, which refers to the connection of the station to the electric grid, and ΕΛΟΤ HD 384, referring to the requirements of the electric installations that a station shall meet. It is worth noting that, through the above collaboration, the reduction of the carbon footprint of TEMAK SA was achieved, while contributing to the turn towards renewable sources in energy production.

Establishment of an Energy Community in the Municipality of Heraklion, Crete

The Municipality of Heraklion and the supervised legal entities present high electrical consumption in its infrastructure, including schools, buildings, lightning clocks, pumping stations etc, and have high yearly expenses due to this consumption. The main objective of the Municipality concerns the reduction of electricity costs, as well as the treatment of energy poverty of vulnerable consumers or citizens within its territory. The establishment of an Energy Community in which the Municipality participates contributed to this end and allowed the utilization of possibilities provided by Ν.4513/2018, as well as, through the synergy with other Local Authorities, Legal Entities or citizens, the installation of RES stations. Therefore, in 2019, the Municipality launched a call concerning the “Support in the creation of an Energy Community, based on Ν.4513/2018, with the participation of the Municipality and the preparation of funding proposals, with the aim to utilize Renewable Energy Sources and reduce costs for the Municipality and the citizens”. MES ENERGY was selected for the above purpose and signed the corresponding contract with the Municipality of Heraklion in May, 2019. According to the contract, the company undertook the provision of scientific, technical and administrative support to the Municipality in the investigation of specific proposals for the creation of an Energy Community. In more detail, MES ENERGY undertook the recording of cases of examination and the collection of consumptions, the recording of possibilities for the installation of RES systems, the recording of business models, the support of the Municipality in contacts with other entities, the draft statutes of the Energy Community, the creation of informational material and the support of the Municipality in informing citizens about the Energy Community. In this way, MES ENERGY contributed in the partial covering of the Municipality’s energy needs, in the offer of facilities to citizens below the poverty line, while at the same time it promoted the reduction of electricity expenses used in the municipal installations and the reduction of the Municipality’s carbon footprint. Finally, it is worth noting that a study for the installation of PV systems with a total power of 2450 kWp in the Municipality resulted in significant CO2 emission savings of up to 125,715 tonnes, during 25 years of operation.

Provision of Consulting Services on Energy Issues in the Municipality of Chania, Crete

On December 21, 2018, the Municipality of Chania signed a contract with MES ENERGY for the provision of services on issues concerning the electrical interconnection and net metering of municipal buildings with HEDNO. The Municipality of Chania possesses a number of energy-consuming facilities in which significant amounts of electricity are spent yearly, while releasing a large volume of carbon dioxide at the same time. The Municipality, however, presents various possibilities for energy saving and RES usage, especially in Crete, where the available RES potential is abundant. These possibilities, in combination with the opportunities for the improvement of facilities through the available funding programs, constitute one of the current development priorities of the Municipality. In order to meet the priorities and needs that arise timely and successfully, the assistance of specialized consultants, with experience in energy saving, in clean technology applications, in the institutional framework of energy saving and RES and in the reduction of the carbon footprint of building facilities, was asked. In this context, using municipal funding, MES ENERGY undertook the role of a Technical Advisor on energy issues, through the support of the Municipality in the preparation of funding proposals with the aim of energy upgrade of municipal facilities and of electricity production in the municipal infrastructure, using PV systems with the application of net metering. In more detail, MES ENERGY undertook the recording of cases and the collection of consumption data, the recording of possibilities for the installation of PV systems using net metering or virtual net metering, the preparation of a Master Plan based on the above data, and, lastly, the assessment of carbon dioxide emissions for the proposed interventions, as well as the preparation of applications for HEDNO. It is also worth mentioning that this activity presents multiple benefits for the Municipality of Chania concerning, in addition to the complete detailed description of interventions needed to achieve lower carbon emissions, the reduction of operating costs and the environmental footprint of municipal facilities. Through this cooperation, MES ENERGY contributed to the improvement of energy efficiency and RES usage in the building infrastructure of the Municipality and to the shared goal for a turn towards green energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.