Moria refugee camp

Lesvos, Greece 

During 2019 more than 70 thousand people risked their lives when crossing the Mediterranean sea to seek asylum in Europe, just to find themselves stranded for long periods of time in refugee camps on the Greek islands with very poor living conditions and limited access to basic services.

This situation was no different in 2017 when the Energy Club at TU Delft was looking for ways to help in this crisis by using the knowledge developed at the university and came up with the idea of Energy for Refugees (EfR). EfR was then born to help refugees by providing affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy (UN Sustainable Development Goal 7).

That year a group of master students from different faculties and nationalities designed and installed a 5kWp solar PV system in a classroom in the Kara Tepe camp in Lesvos, Greece the summer of 2018.

After the first project, a new board was selected and started working towards the same goal, this time it was possible to collaborate with Eurorelief, an NGO in charge of the main section of the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece (the largest refugee camp in Europe).

The second EfR project consisted of the design, funding, procurement, and installation of a 25kWp solar PV system to reduce the frequency and the duration of black-outs (mainly increased in the winter as the heating demand increases). 

It took seven months of preparation before the team traveled to Greece to install the solar PV system, during this time the team completed the required technical training, designed the solar PV system, raised the required funds (the most difficult part) and make sure the components were safely shipped to the destination. During 3 long and sunny weeks, the team worked against the clock to install 90 solar PV modules, 2 inverters, and the necessary cabling and electrical protection devices.  

We estimate that the project is displacing the use of 9,000 liters of diesel per year, which saves about €12,600 (based on the local price of diesel), that can be used by the NGOs to improve other areas of the camp. This corresponds to a reduction of the camp's CO2 emissions by around 24,000 kg of CO2 per year.

EfR in the media

Energy for Refugees heads back to Lesbos

Marjolein van der Veldt



Energy for Refugees installs solar panels on Lesbos




Humans of TU Delft:

Bertram Peterson

Heather Montague



Deze studenten installeren zonnepanelen voor vluchtelingen op Lesbos


Duurzame Student


SEI Team Member, Bertram Peterson helped solar power a refugee camp in Greece

Maria Pia Day

Solar Energy International


Solar panels

for refugees

Roos van Tongeren




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