Smart integRation Of local energy sources and innovative storage for flexiBle, secure and cost-efficIent eNergy Supply ON industrialized islands
ROBINSON will optimise the utilisation of local renewable resources by deploying an integrated, smart and cost-efficient energy system coupling thermal and electrical networks, demonstrated in industrial environment on the Eigerøy island, Norway. It will integrate i) commercially available technologies and storage, ii) novel technologies adapted and developed in ROBINSON, such as a micro gas turbine based Combined Heat and Power unit running on a mixture of local renewable fuels, an Anaerobic Digestion system assisted by a biolectrochemical process producing bio-methane from wastewater, and an innovative wind turbine, as well as iii) industrial symbiosis concepts, such as waste, heat and oxygen valorization. An optimized intelligent Energy Management System (EMS) with advanced control system considering weather forecast, market fluctuations and demand response, will ensure the grid stability, power balance and security of supply. The ambition of ROBINSON is to decrease the energy production costs, reduce dependence on mainland power and phase out fossil fuels currently used by the demo island’s industries in a relatively short term, thus significantly contribute to island’s decarbonization. The user-friendliness and high modularity of the developed EMS then ensures a great potential for replication on the Follower islands (Western Isle of Scotland and Crete), but also in other remote areas in Europe and beyond. The project will encourage business opportunities for local communities and, by creating new value chains, open up markets for the developed technologies having a positive impact on EU’s competitiveness in low carbon economy. The Consortium gathers local stakeholders from three islands, technology providers incl. SMEs, Universities and RTOs as well as experts on business, islands ecosystems, cybersecurity and social matters. ROBINSON will actively engage with relevant existing initiatives and networks to prevent or overcome any potential arising obstacles.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 957752. This publication reflects only the author’s views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.