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Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving

The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) is the Greek organisation for Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Rational Use of Energy (RUE) and Energy Saving (ES). CRES has been appointed as the national co-ordination centre in its area of activity.

  • Posted on: 23.03.2016
  • Greece
  • Acronym: CRES

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Its main goal is the research and promotion of RES/RUE/ES applications at a national and international level, as well as the support of related activities, taking into consideration the principles of sustainable development.

The Centre is managed by a seven-member Administrative Council, which includes representatives from the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports), the Public Power Corporation and the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises.

CRES has a scientific staff of more than 120 highly qualified and experienced multidisciplinary scientists and engineers. Its organisational structure comprises of the following units:

  • Division of Renewable Energy Sources
  • Division of Energy Efficiency
  • Division of Energy Policy and Planning
  • Division of Development Programmes
  • Division of Financial and Administrative Services

Furthermore, there are two separate offices

  • Quality Assurance Office
  • Legal Services

Within the scope of its activities as a Research and Technological Centre, CRES provides the link between basic research and industry, aiming at the development of local technological products and services. Through this activity, CRES has obtained important know-how, participating in many research projects and networks.

In parallel, by co-ordinating and participating in a respectable number of pilot and demonstration projects, the Centre has assisted the market in accepting and adopting new energy technologies. CRES has provided important services to private investors and local authorities, exploring the techno-economical possibilities for the application of RES/RUE/ES projects. Over the years CRES has participated in more than 600 European, national and international projects.


Organisation type: Research Institute | Scientific field: Energy, Resource efficiency and environment | Geographical focus: Black Sea Region, EU Member States, Greece