The £10.8 million Smart Islands project on the Isles of Scilly will provide a global model for electric vehicles and home batteries to play a major role in smart energy systems around the world.
Moixa has today announced the launch of a £10.8 million smart energy project on the Isles of Scilly that will allow electric vehicles and home batteries to help the islands achieve their 2025 Smart Islands goal. The aim is to enable reduction of electricity bills by 40 percent, meeting 40 percent of the islands energy demand from renewables and converting 40 percent level of the islands 1253 vehicles to electric or low carbon.
The Smart Energy Island (SEI) project will allow the islands to scale up renewable generation and increase their energy independence. The importance of this was underlined when the islands’ only electricity cable failed two weeks ago leaving islanders dependent on backup generators.
The Isles of Scilly face unique challenges due to their remote location 28 miles from the UK mainland. The 2,200 islanders have no gas supply and rely heavily on imported fossil fuels and electricity to meet their needs, resulting in one of the UK’s highest household electricity consumption levels.
Moixa’s systems will integrate with an energy resource management platform developed by Hitachi Europe, which is leading the Smart Energy Islands project. It will provide the infrastructure allowing home batteries, electric vehicles and smart heating technologies to be used to balance supply and demand of electricity.
The SEI project will develop systems that can be replicated worldwide to help communities make a rapid transition from a high-carbon to a low-carbon economy.