As part of the Smart Islands Programme, in 2015 the Isles of Scilly entered a partnership with Hitachi, the Dutchy of Cornwall, Tresco and the Islands’ Partnership with the aim to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. The results is the Smart Energy Islands project – a £10.8 million project that is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The project has the ambition to cut electricity bills by 40%, meet 40% of electricity demand through renewables and enable 40% penetration of electric vehicles by 2025.
Hitachi will lead the project, which will integrate renewable generation, energy storage, renewable heating and electrification of transport. Hitachi will be supported by two other companies:
- Moixa – the UK’s leading smart battery company which will facilitate the integration of storage into the system through a battery management system.
- PassivSystems – a provider of intelligent home energy management systems.
A pivotal role in the project will be held by the Internet of Things (IoT) solution which will enable the integration of electricity generation, storage and demand. Underneath this overarching balancing system there will be Building Management Systems and an Electric Vehicle Management system.
This is expected to unlock the installation of 448kW of renewable energy, maximise the economic benefits by supporting 200 local businesses, improve the energy efficiency of 100 social housing tenants and reduce fuel poverty.
A further ambition of the project is to develop new local energy market models, as well as a model for rapid decarbonisation that could be deployed in other islanded communities.
The project is an excellent example of a whole systems approach to decarbonisation and has the potential to serve as a blueprint for similar initiatives around the globe. For more information about the project, visit Hitachi’ website.