In Europe, Borkum, a German island in the North Sea, is working on the installation of energy storage technology to achieve energy self sufficiency.
The European Union’s support of €9 million will go some way toward achieving this goal.
According to a release on the European Commission CORDIS site, the activities are supported by the project NETFFICIENT, and supported through the efforts of 13 renowned research organizations, large enterprises, SMEs and municipalities out of 7 European countries.
These partners will develop a sustainable energy management system, integrate smart energy storage and enhance distribution technologies, to be implemented in the electric grid of the island.
Solutions for efficiency
Its main objective is to provide solutions for more efficient use of available sources of renewable energies and help to reduce carbon emissions as well as dependency on fossil fuels.
Energy storage will be supported by the use of used car batteries, super capacitors, Li-ion batteries and hybrid home technologies.
“NETFFICIENT is tackling one of the most pressing challenges of the energy market, as the availability of renewable energies is not considered the sole problem, but its storage and distribution methods due to the time-shift between availability of renewable resources and demand peaks,” says Olaf Look, project partner from Stadtwerke Borkum.
“We are proud that Borkum will serve as a pilot island to demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative and efficient energy management system, enabling a smart local grid in a real environment.”
The project will demonstrate and deploy innovative local energy storage technologies in the island’s grid and furthermore develop a management and decision support tool: from energy generation to consumption by the end-user, the project will address all levels of the energy value chain, involving stakeholder groups, municipalities and also the citizens.
Through use cases such as homes, public buildings, and street lightning, NETFFICIENT will follow a strong market orientation that reflects the various energy demand scenarios.
This should ensure a successful exploitation and adoption of the project achievements through valid business models to help lowering the market barriers for small scale local energy storage.
NETFFICIENT started in January 2015 with the aim to implement “Energy and economic efficiency for today’s smart communities through integrated multi storage technologies” in the next four years on the island of Borkum.
The project is addressing the Societal Challenge of Low Carbon Energy within the European Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020.