First Day  - 02 July 2014

Panel A: The new-energy planning and the delicate balance in power


  • The European developments and emerging trends in the electricity sector.
  • The ongoing, necessary development of renewable energy and the optimum use of the simultaneous production of electricity from lignite.
  • Current searches and concerns of European electricity industry.
  • The Greek 10-year development plan and the prospect of increasing Gross Added Value of the energy industry by 9 billion euros.
  • The ideal mix of energy sources for a competitive Greek economy.
  • The Greek - and simultaneously top European- goal for greater energy independence.
  • The specific role of electricity in achieving the above objective and the necessary investments.

Panel B: Answering the questions of energy security and competitive energy for the Greek industry


  • The key questions about the growing need -due to recession and international energy developments- for more intensive use of national energy resources. The realistic potential reduction of imported energy resources.
  • The sufficiency of lignite resources and the strategies on the most efficient and "clean" electricity from lignite.
  • The ongoing de facto de-industrialization of the country and the national need of reversing it.
  • The development of new prices, market contracts, the compensation of cost of pollutants.
  • The need of cheaper energy for entrepreneurship in general and the relative proposals of large consumers.

Panel C: Direct solutions for the increase and the improvement of electricity production from lignite - Mining new deposits of higher performance: Challenges and benefits


  • The possibility of direct expansion of existing mines production.
  • Direct reset of mines ready for production. The case of the lignite mines in Vevi, North Greece.
  • The - under consideration - request to the EU for exclusions in the commitments proposed by the directives for the reduction of atmospheric pollution from middle-sized combustion plants.
  • The prospect of introducing new fuel, such as mineral coal, in the Greek power balance.
  • The prospect of higher performance ore mines.
  • The crucial issues of social acceptance of the concept of clean coal as a viable solution, but also other equally important factors: technical, financial, environmental, social.
  • The practical issues of expropriation, the relocation of nearby settlements, the rehabilitation of the environment.
  • The suggested solutions. The balance between investment cost and benefits. The case of Elassona. The case of Drama. Other deposits.
  • Competition’s opening to the lignite-fired power generation in terms of energy security, competitive prices and most efficient lignite-fired power stations.

Panel D: Environmental-friendly solutions and possibilities of lignite utilization, the opportunity of co-existence with renewable sources, the relevant experience.


  • The need of information on technologies about the clean carbon. The new key technologies that may provide efficient answers in reducing CO2 emissions during simultaneous development of renewable sources and in improving power efficiency of Greek lignite.
  • Combined combustion of biomass and lignite: The highly promising low-cost solution of the combined combustion of biomass and lignite or the parallel gasification in view of the dynamics of biomass in Greece. The pilot applications and the main factors affecting the technology. The parallel perspective of increasing RES share.
  • The technology of the Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) as a promising means to a more effective use of low energy-efficient lignite.
  • The technology of biomass gasification for the replacement of diesel oil in non-interconnected islands.
  • The technology of CO2 capture and storage, as a means to emissions reduction. The difficulties in transportation and in infrastructure requirements and storage, the safety issue.