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Greece: Solar Energy Systems Capacity Doubles

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The installed capacity of solar energy systems in Greece more than doubled within seven months by July 2009, according to the Renewable Energy Sources Centre,  largely because of legislative initiatives of recent years aimed at boosting the market’s development. The cost of solar panels has fallen over 35% within a year.  By harnessing solar and wind energy, Greece could meet the national target of getting 20% of its energy via renewable energy sources.   Kathimerini daily: Solar MW capacity doubled; Ministry of Development: Energy and Natural Resources; Secretariat General of Information: About Brand Greece – Energy Policy of Greece & World Media on Greece – Science and the Environment:Renewable Energy Sources in Greece Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies: The Greek PV Market: New PV law passed in January 2009

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Greece: RES – Photovoltaic

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis announced new incentives for households in order to install more photovoltaic (PV) systems which convert solar radiation into electrical energy.  2009 is designated by the government as year of Renewable Energy Resources and the ultimate goal is to proceed with legislative changes which will secure increased use of RES by cutting red tape and introducing incentives. Greek News Agenda: The Photovoltaic Market

Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis announced the first steps towards the implementation of the €1.3 billion worth financial support programme which aims at strengthening small- and medium-sized enterprises in the country. The support package is part of the “Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship” (EPAN II) programme set for the time frame 2007-2013.

Hellenic Technology Clusters

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   In today’s competitive world, cross-industry synergies have become a necessary core competency, making clusters of enterprises increasingly important. Corallia – Hellenic Technology Clusters Initiative (www.corallia.org) is a novel cluster initiative that facilitates innovation clusters to be formed in a way that can help Greece become an “added-value services” market player. Corallia supports the development of highly-specialized clusters in knowledge-intensive thematic areas that can drive and sustain economic growth. It brings together people, companies and technologies in order to create an ecosystem where innovation can flourish. Corallia aims at establishing and developing innovation clusters in carefully selected sectors where Greece can attain a worldwide competitive advantage. In collaboration with the Hellenic Semiconductor Industry Association, Corallia has helped to emerge and strengthen the first Hellenic innovation cluster in the area of Microelectronics and Embedded Systems. The cluster’s reference point is the Microelectronics Innovation Center, which acts as a representing facility for more than 30 organizations and 650 employees throughout Greece. Corallia: Hellenic Technology Clusters Initiative  – Press Kit mi-Cluster: Microelectronics & Embedded Systems; mi-Cluster company members: Success Stories National Documentation Centre: Research, Technology and Innovation; Secretariat General of Information: About Greece- Scientific & Technological Research 

International Award for Technical University of Crete

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Professor of the Technical Univresity of Crete has recently been awarded by the world’s leading professional association IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the “IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,” a distinction bestowed to IEEE members who have made significant contributions to the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems.  The award is being sponsored by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, a society within IEEE who attracts mostly civil and mechanical engineers who apply intelligent systems technologies on traditional transportation disciplines. Markos Papageorgiou is professor at the Department of Production Engineering and Management and head of the Dynamic Systems and Simulation Laboratory at the Technical University of Crete. He was awarded for his valuable scientific contribution in model construction and traffic flow control. The awarding ceremony took place on the sidelines of the 11th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (October 12-15) in Beijing, where Papageorgiou delivered a lecture on the topic.