Isle of Wight ‘EcoIsland’ project signs up smart grid partners


David Green,
Newport, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — November 16, 2011 – The Isle of Wight “EcoIsland” project has signed up new partners Toshiba, Silver Spring Networks and Cable&Wireless Worldwide to work on the island’s smart grid project.

The EcoIsland project is aimed at making the Isle of Wight – an island off Britain’s south coast – a sustainable community with a thriving economy and a healthy and safe lifestyle. As part of this it is intended the island should be energy self sufficient with the lowest carbon footprint in the country by 2020, through the implementation of wind, solar, tidal and geothermal renewable energy technologies connected to a smart grid.

Toshiba will work with the EcoIsland Partnership to help evolve initial concepts and ambitions into firm capacity and to develop plans for the integration of the island’s renewable power resources in a smart grid network.

Silver Spring and C&W Worldwide will be the global communications partner to provide the smart grid platform to link renewable technologies, the grid and all of the homes and businesses across the Isle of Wight into an integrated system. The companies will deploy ubiquitous, secure, low cost network connectivity for the smart grid that will be leveraged across a broad set of secure, pervasive, IPv6-based smart grid and smart metering initiatives.

“Cable&Wireless Worldwide and Silver Spring will play an integral role in the creation of a sustainable energy system and we are delighted that they have become partners in this project,” said EcoIsland founder David Green. “Their technology will allow us to centrally coordinate all renewable energy generation and enable the creation of a truly smart energy grid here on the Isle of Wight.”

The Isle of Wight is England’s largest island and is located a few miles off the south coast in the English Channel. The island stretches about 13 miles north to south and 22 miles east to west with an area of almost 150 square miles, and has a population of 142,000.

Over 100 MW of renewable generation is planned by 2020, and the smart grid is expected to be Britain’s first holistic, self sustaining smart grid system.
Other external partners in the initiative include power provider Scottish and Southern Energy and the energy storage and clean fuel provider ITM Power.