A multi-million pound EU funded project is set to provide the Isles of Scilly with a new smart energy system, using new software platforms to manage supply and demand through renewables, energy storage and electric vehicles. The Smart Energy Islands project will be led by Hitachi Europe, which will use the isles as a test-bed for its work developing smart grid technology. Around £8.6 million has been secured from the European Union’s Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will be added to over £1.4 million of the Japanese company’s money, with the remaining £754,000 needed to come from the local council and project partners, Moixa and PassivSystems. The project feeds into the Isle of Scilly council plans to rapidly change its energy system, currently served by one undersea cable from the mainland and an ageing power station. The local authority plans to double its renewables capacity to 449kW through the addition of rooftop solar and two 50kW solar farms, while at least 1MW of storage will also be added across households, V2G charging a large storage solution.
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