The first Greek
Energy Competence Center

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The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) are pleased to announce the establishment of the first Energy Competence Center in Greece, a cluster that aims to support and promote innovation, entrepreneurship and technical competencies among enterprises that are operating in the energy sector – a fundamental pillar of the Greek economy.


Founding Statement by:

General Secretariat
for Research and Innovation (GSRI)

According to the recent decision of the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation (GSRI) that announces the successful evaluation and approval of the Energy Competence Center, the Competence Center will be formed as a spinoff company targeting to the capitalization of relevant research results and know-how produced by universities or other knowledge-producing public organizations in Greece or abroad.

In this context, the Energy Competence Center will constitute a public-private partnership scheme, aiming to bridge the gap between demand and supply of specialized innovation services and technology transfer in the energy sector.



The primary task of the Energy Competence Center is the promotion of innovation in domestic entrepreneurship, the exchange of knowledge and expertise, the development of networks and the collaboration between companies and other organizations with emphasis on the following subjects:


Centralised Power Generation in Post-Lignite Era


Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Projects


Decentralized energy production and saving


Smart Cities, Sustainable Development, Environment


Transmission and Energy Distribution Networks



The main activities of the Energy Competence Center will relate to:

Joint use of facilities and equipment

exchange knowledge and expertise, networking, information dissemination and collaboration between enterprises and other organizations/bodies of the Energy Competence Center.

Encouraging transfer of technological solutions and innovations

to production processes and/or for the production/supply of products/services resulting from the development, adoption, and diffusion of new technologies to companies, to improve their competitiveness.

Staff training

for companies, aiming to the acquisition of relevant skills.


of innovative research projects and the development of services/products, actions to promote innovation in domestic entrepreneurship.


In particular, for the business sector

Priorities towards
technological and digital transformation

The Energy Competence Center will set priorities focusing on the encouragement of transferring technological solutions and innovations in production processes, the orientation of companies to products and services of high added value, development of comparative advantages, the development of extrovert entrepreneurship and their further networking.

Additionally, an important goal is the training of companies’ staff for the acquisition of skills in industry with an emphasis on Industry 4.0.



The establishment of the Energy Competence Center was recently approved by the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation (GSRI) in the context of the act “Competence Centers” (CC) with the aim of strengthening integrated plans for the establishment and operation of Competence Centers in the country. The action is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union under the Operational Program “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation” of the NSRF 2014-2020.

General Secretariat for Research and Innovation (GSRI)

No other sector is as fundamental to the country’s development as well as so closely linked to the well-being of citizens and climate change issues as the energy sector. Universities and Research Centers are currently the main bodies that conduct scientific research and innovation development in the field of energy in the country; however, in addition to promoting science and excellence, our goal in the field of energy should consist of the optimal exploitation of the available energy resources, the constant technology evolution and its practical contribution to the national development and economy

Joint statement:
Rector of NTUA Prof. Andreas G. Boudouvis
Director of ICCS Prof. Yannis Vassiliou
Vice Rector (NTUA) of Research and Lifelong Education and Coordinator of the Energy Competence Center Prof. Ioannis K. Chatjigeorgiou.


The Energy Competence Center

to strengthen the link between academic research and entrepreneurship

and to respond to an essential need for significant projects and investments in large-scale research infrastructure, focusing on energy planning that looks towards the future, creates new development perspectives and responds effectively to contemporary environmental challenges.

our partners

Meet our collaborating bodies

The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)/Special Account for Research Funding has undertaken the coordinating role for the establishment of the Energy Competence Center on behalf of the collaborating bodies.

Twelve additional bodies significant Greek higher education institutions, research institutions as well as companies active in the energy, environment and economy sectors are participating to the Energy Competence Center, namely:



Contact information

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