Orkney, part of the archipelago off the northeastern coast of Scotland, is a renewable energy beacon and home to the £28.5 million ReFLEX Orkney project. Launched in 2019, the project is looking to “digitally link” distributed and intermittent renewable power to flexible demand, incorporating local generation, transport and heat networks into a single, overarching system. Smart energy solutions company SMS is part of the consortium behind the project, using its FlexiGrid software to monitor, control and aggregate flexible demand assets on the island. With its strong wind resource in particular, Orkney has about 60MW of renewable generation, however there is only around 20-25MW of demand on the island and approximately 40MW of export capability via a subsea cable link to the Scottish mainland. This means that at times of low local demand, wind generation can be heavily curtailed.
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