The Orkney Islands have been awarded 100,000 euros in the first ever EU Responsible Island Prize, funded by Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme. Following evaluation by an international panel of independent experts the European Commission awarded third prize to Orkney, pipped to the post by the Danish islands of Bornholm and Samsø, respectively taking the first and second place accolades. The Responsible Islands Prize was launched in March 2019 by the European Commission to discover and reward European islands who were making real steps towards building proper sustainable communities, recognising achievements in local renewable energy production for electricity, heating, cooling and transport. Orkney has been awarded third prize due to the percentage of renewable electricity produced by innovative energy technologies locally, environmental and socioeconomic sustainability, community involvement, and the replicability of the Orkney approach. The Orkney Islands have been home to, and centre of, renewable energy innovation for more than 60 years, with ground-breaking wind test sites located in the islands from the 1950s to the present day. Over the last 20 years there has been a marked diversification in activity: starting with energy efficiency; then deploying wind turbines to decarbonise electricity; establishing a world leading marine energy test site; introducing innovative heating, as well as green hydrogen, energy storage and balancing technologies; and latterly addressing decarbonisation of the whole energy system via the ReFLEX Orkney project.
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A trial focused on delivering real-time trading between renewable generation and local grid flexibility on the Orkney islands has been successful, with project lead Electron noting that more than 1,300 trades have been completed as part of a demonstration projected. The BEIS-funded project TraDER is being led by Electron to bring generators and renewable assets together in a local energy marketplace (LEM) to overcome curtailment of renewable assets and generators when their outputs are lower than what they should be. More than 1,300 trades have taken place on the Orkney islands, which is a favourable location for wind development in particular. However, the efficiency of assets and the grid is still a challenge and the LEM can help resolve grid congestion, reduce waste renewable power outputs and lower consumer bills in the region.
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