The last general assembly for REACT consortium took place between the 6th and 8th June in the Lesvos. The host, this time, was the University of the Aegean that has its premises in the beautiful town of Mytilene, and Stergios Vakalis did a great job in organizing the meeting and other related activities.
Discussions were focused on the main work carried on during the period (overall progress), what were the mostsignificant results and activities implemented, and deviation and corrective actions implemented when it had been necessary. We also reflexed what were the reasons for failures to achieve critical objectives and/or not being on schedule. One of the most important topics of the event was the talks on the validation and replication plan. The possibilities for bigger islands to adopt the REACT model is an opportunity to further develop the project results and scale it up.
Partners held an open discussion to see each other views on the validation of the REACT project’s use cases, but also on the assessment of the REACT project’s results in relation to STOS & KIs as well as to the exploitation roadmap. It is important that all the efforts carried out during these four years and a half can be present somehow in society. For that reason those in the meeting talked about the development of business models + scalability and replicability plans.
It is very important now to consolidate the Communication and dissemination of the validated REACT project’s results, in that sense this website will stay open for another 5 years and all public deliverables and scientific papers will be available in the Publication & results section but also in Zenodo.
Professor Dias Haralampopoulos gave us a great explanatory tour and visit to the lab were we could see all the technologies used at the department for the research activities on energy and sustainability.
We are confident the results from the project will help further advance in the path to islands green energy self-sufficiency. It has been a bumpy road with a pandemic in the middle but we all have learnt a lot and enriched our knowledge and improved our understanding of what are the needs for islands residents.
With great sadness we are ready to close the project but we take with us a brilliant experience that has enriched us all, both technically and humanly.