The municipality of Neapolis-Sykea became the world leader in the use of state-of-the-art technology, such as nanotechnology, as it became the first municipality in the world to inaugurate the first “smart bus stop” equipped with flexible third-generation photovoltaic panels.

This development came as a result of the intense interest expressed by the mayor Simos Daniilidis after the visit of a delegation of the municipality to the Nanotechnology Laboratory of AUTh. There, the mission of the municipality was guided and informed about the innovative applications by the director of the laboratory, Professor Stergios Logothetidis and the special scientific collaborators-researchers and representatives of a company that participates in the promoted production of the applications. A similar presentation was made at the recent world conference-exhibition NANOTEXNOLOGY 2020 organized in Thessaloniki, which was visited by the mayor of Neapolis Sykeon.

“We seek and take advantage of every opportunity that aims at the quality improvement of the daily life of our fellow human beings. Thus, I believe that a form of cooperation with the Nanotechnology Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki can open new avenues and benefit everyone “, said Simos Daniilidis,” turning green “in the Technical Service in order to proceed with the utilization of these innovations.

Thus, the circle opened today with the completion of the installation of the first “smart stop” in the municipality of Neapolis-Sykeon, and specifically in front of the town hall in D.E. Sykeon. This is the first global pilot application with which it will be “introduced” to the citizens, while the order was given to the executives of T.Y. to proceed with a comprehensive study for the replacement of bus stops through a tender.

First opening in innovative applications

The installation works were carried out in the presence of the mayor Simos Daniilidis and the representatives of the company OET (ORGANICELECTRONICTECHNOLOGIES) Nikos Karageorgou and Miltiadis Papadopoulos. It should be noted that the company OET, based in Thessaloniki, is the only international company that is active in the production of flexible printed organic photovoltaics third generation, printed organic LEDs, and collaborates with the Nanotechnology Laboratory of AUTh.

The energy-independent stand, as its official name is, is equipped with printable organic photovoltaics that cover the curved dome of the stand, producing energy from diffused light. Thus, the citizens-passengers are given the opportunity, protected from the UV rays of the sun, to charge their mobile phone while waiting for the bus, having four USB ports at their disposal.

During the evening hours, the station is illuminated autonomously with LED lighting, while at the same time it can supply, at the option of the municipality, a router for WiFi, a meteorological station, etc. And all this is achieved with the use of nanotechnology, with all materials being recyclable.

“With the first” smart attitude “that we install in our municipality, we attempt the first opening to innovative applications and cutting-edge technology, such as nanotechnology. These are impressive steps forward in scientific research, and we are very happy and proud that they are being noted by our own Laboratory and our own university, such as the Laboratory of Nanotechnology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. “Strongly oriented in this direction, in cooperation with the scientific community, we are determined to take advantage of every opportunity that will aim at improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens and protecting the environment by saving energy and financial resources,” said Mayor Simos Daniilidas. the first positive reactions of the young people who “besieged” the attitude on the first day of its operation.