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Tesla And Samsung Interested In Electricity Storage In Cyprus

Big names such as Tesla and Samsung have shown interest in a public tender aiming to set batteries to store electricity in Cyprus, Minister for Energy, Commerce and Industry George Papanastasiou has said, adding that the first phase concerns a 150-Mega Watt storage facility for which a tender is expected to be launched in September.

Addressing the International Business Day organised by the Cyprus International Business Association (CIBA), Papanastasiou outlined the government’s strategy to reduce the electricity prices in Cyprus, which he described as the single source that would provide “a real chance” for the improvement of the country’s competitiveness.

The Energy Minister referred to the three pillars that would render Cyprus as an energy hub and facilitate green transition. The first pillar concerns the creation “as soon as possible” of the terminal in Vasilicos for the introduction of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) for electricity generation, which would directly reduce CO2 emissions by 35% to 40% and consequently the cost of electricity, as he stressed.

Such emissions account for €300 million tones of CO2 rights per annum, a cost transferred to the consumer, he added.

The second pillar concerns the further increase of renewables and mainly energy from photovoltaics. Papanastasiou stressed however that while Cyprus generates 750 MW of electricity from solar panels, only 19% enters the electricity grid while the remainder is discarded.

“This is unthinkable,” he said, noting that the Ministry is preparing to use a subsidy scheme for the development of a storage system with the private sector with a total subsidy of €40 million.

Papanastasiou said the project is in the stage of public consultation with the first phase expected to be launched in September for a 150 MW storage system.

“We are already seeing interest from big names such as Tesla and Samsung as 150 MW is a quite substantial capacity,” he added.

Moreover, according to the Energy Minister, the third pillar concerns the electricity interconnection between Cyprus and Greece, with a sub-sea cable called “Great Sea Interconnector,” estimated to be the largest in the world.

He pointed out that usually in the case of interconnectors, the electricity flows from the cheapest to the most expensive destination.

Papanastasiou recalled that the government awaits a cost and benefit analysis, by the Greek IPTO, the project promoter, to take its final investment decision to enter the project’s equity with €100 million.

But he noted that the project will happen, as it secured a €657-million grant from the European Commission via the Connecting Europe Facility, which is the largest financing provided in the context of the Facility.

He also noted that the government aims to launch a competitive market for electricity by July 2025, as well as to create a “smart” electricity grid which would facilitate the increase of renewables in Cyprus’ energy mix.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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