ISFTA acts as consultant to the Greek Government, the Public Power
Corporation (PPC), the Institute of Geological and Mineral Exploration (IGME)
and to any other company or organization involved in the energy sector and is
actively involved in the Governmental planning for power production and
Since 1950, Greece has depended its power production on the combustion of
domestic fossil fuels. Taking also into account that Greece is the second
largest lignite producer among European countries and the sixth worldwide,
ISFTA’s activities are of major importance for the national energy policy.
Specifically, ISFTA has been working for over one decade in the fields of:
- Optimization of the use of Greek coal deposits in power production, as
well as in other industrial applications.
- Improvement of the exploratory techniques and implementation of clean
coal combustion technologies (CCTs) are among the top priorities of ISFTA
- Fly ash utilisation for the production of cement and other building
materials, as well as the development of qualitative specifications for the
use of fly ash in concrete.
- Improvement of soil quality, which is accomplished by producing soil
additives and organic fertilizers from low calorific-value lignite and coal
- Development of innovative methods for environmental management in areas
where lignite mining and power production occur, with specific interest in
the effects of the mining activities on the quantitative and qualitative
characteristics of surface and ground water, as well as applications of
pilot methods concerning land reclamation.
- Biomass and/or waste co-utilization with brown coal in existing
- Technology transfer from and to market operators and decision makers,
through international collaborations with countries with considerable
experience on the exploitation of solid fuels (such as Germany and United
Kingdom) and companies/organisations from Balkan countries, who envisage
similar problems to those in Greece.