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Accelerating the decarbonisation of islands’ energy systems

Objective

Borkum is an island of about 30 km2 and 5,500 residents, located 20 miles from the north-western coast of Germany. Following concerns of the population regarding air quality due to a new coal fired power plant, Borkum started on a path towards renewable energy many years ago. Following several initiatives in that direction including a citizen dialogue, the island decided to become emission-free and fully decarbonized by 2030.

Within this framework, the ISLANDER project will showcase the process of making Borkum a fully autonomous and decarbonised island energy system. Specifically, the project will focus on delivering:

a) Distributed RESS systems (Renewable Energy + Small-scale Storage).
b) Complementary short-to-seasonal, large-scale electricity storage.
c) Seawater district heating coupled with heat storage and sized for 100 residential units, to make use of the heat of the North Sea water as a source of heating and cooling.
d) Deployment of an EV charging network.
e) A smart IT platform conceived to holistically perform the optimal aggregation of all these components while also implementing Demand Response (DR).
f) An optimisation tool to optimally design zero-carbon island energy systems.

To achieve such 2030 objectives of financing and maintaining the further roll-out of renewables and storage technologies across the island, the ISLANDER partners will facilitate the kick-start of a Renewable Energy Community in Borkum right during the project following a concrete roadmap.

Additionally, and as part of an ambitious plan to replicate the project results, the partners have developed a 3-wave replication strategy including:

Wave 1) Replication in the Follower islands,
Wave 2) Replication in the related archipelagos.
Wave 3) Further replication to the rest of EU islands.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2020-EC-ES-SCC
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

AYESA ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES SA
Address
Calle Gonzalo Jimenez De Quesada 2 Planta 11 Torre Sevilla Torre Pelli
41092 Sevilla
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 172 500

Participants (10)

IDENER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AGRUPACION DE INTERES ECONOMICO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 918 750
Address
Calle Early Ovington 24-8
41300 La Rinconada Sevilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 520 000
Address
Willi Bleicher Strasse 19
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Research Organisations
NORDSEEHEILBAD BORKUM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 814 625
Address
Goethestr 1
26757 Borkum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ZIGOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AIE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 551 062,50
Address
Calle Portal De Gamarra 28
01013 Vitoria Gasteiz Alava
Activity type
Other
CEGASA ENERGIA S.L.U.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 607 687,50
Address
Calle Marie Curie, 1
01510 Miñano Mayor, Vitoria-gasteiz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BCM ENERGY
France
EU contribution
€ 412 125
Address
Place Tolozan 20
69001 Lyon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 355 000
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE EUROPEAN MARINE ENERGY CENTRE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 303 750
Address
Back Road Old Academy
KW16 3AW Stromness
Activity type
Other
DIKTYO AEIFORIKON NISON TOY AIGAIOU AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 208 000
Address
Astydamantos 49
116 34 Athens
Activity type
Research Organisations
REGIONALNA ENERGETSKA AGENCIJA KVARNER
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 132 500
Address
Ciottina 17/B
51000 Rijeka
Activity type
Other