Isles of Scilly to provide global model for use of electric vehicles and home batteries in smart energy systems

 

Smart Energy Islands project will support plan to cut bills, boost renewables and increase low-carbon vehicles

 A £10.8 million project on the Isles of Scilly will provide a model for electric vehicles and home batteries to play a major role in low-carbon smart energy systems around the world, Moixa, the UK’s leading smart home battery company, announced today.

Moixa will develop platforms allowing electric vehicles and smart home batteries to be used to help balance supply and demand within the islands’ energy system, although the project will not fund the electric vehicles and charging points themselves.

The Smart Energy Islands (SEI) project, part financed by £8.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund, will lay the foundations for the wider Smart Islands programme, which aims by 2025 to cut electricity bills by 40%, meet 40% of energy demand through renewables, and see 40% of vehicles being electric or low-carbon.

The Electric Vehicle Management System will control and optimise how electric car batteries can be used by the islands’ energy system. It will develop learning algorithms to ensure that when electric vehicles are deployed they are maintained at a state of charge best able to support the energy system and the needs of their users.

The Home Battery Management System will also support the Smart Islands goals.  Smart home batteries will allow homes with solar panels to save money by using more of the power they generate. They will also be able to import or export energy to balance local energy needs.

Moixa’s systems will integrate with an Internet of Things (IoT) platform developed by Hitachi Europe, which is leading the SEI project. It will use home batteries, electric vehicles and smart heating technologies to balance supply and demand of electricity. By easing pressures on the islands’ energy system, it will allow them to scale up renewable generation and increase their energy independence.

The SEI project will develop systems that can be replicated worldwide to help communities to make a rapid transition from a high-carbon to a low-carbon economy.

Chris Wright, Moixa Chief Technology Officer, said: “Moixa’s role in the Smart Energy Islands project will demonstrate how ordinary people will play a key role in our future energy system. Home batteries and electric vehicles controlled by smart software will help create a reliable, cost-effective, low-carbon energy system that will deliver savings to homeowners and the community.

“Our systems will support the reduction of fuel poverty on the Scilly Isles and support their path to full energy independence. They will be scalable and flexible so they can be replicated easily to allow communities all over the world to cut carbon and benefit from the smart power revolution.”

Electric vehicles are set to play a major part in the global transition to a low-carbon economy, providing an alternative to diesel and petrol vehicles and playing an important role in future smart energy systems. Fourteen countries plan to put 13 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2020,[1] and with 60% annual growth they could make up a third of the road transport market by 2035.[2]

Transforming islanders’ lives in a high-carbon, low-wage economy

The Isles of Scilly face unique challenges due to their remote location 28 miles from the UK mainland. The 2,200 islanders have no gas supply and rely heavily on imported fossil fuels and electricity to meet their needs, resulting in one of the UK’s highest household electricity consumption levels.

They have a low wage economy, dominated by tourism and agriculture. A combination of high fuel costs and large numbers of homes with inefficient heating systems means they have one of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the country, affecting 22% of households.

The Isles of Scilly currently have 270kW of renewable power, mainly rooftop solar panels, and the SEI project will more than double this. It will see rooftop solar PV systems installed in 100 homes, a tenth of the island’s housing stock, and two 50kW solar gardens will be built. They will deliver 448kW of renewable energy and reduce the islands’ carbon footprint.

Energy management systems will be installed in the 100 solar homes and energy monitoring in 190 of the islands’ businesses. Ten of these will be smart homes piloting a variety of additional smart energy technologies including Moixa smart batteries and air source heat pumps. These technologies have the potential to significantly increase savings from solar PV.

PassivSystems, the leading home energy services company, will supply the home energy management systems for domestic buildings allowing them to be integrated into the IoT platform, and building energy monitoring systems for commercial properties.

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For more information about Moixa and to arrange interviews, please contact:

David Mason                         david.mason@greenhousepr.co.uk                             +44 (0) 7799 072320

Bethan Halls                          bethan.halls@greenhousepr.co.uk                              +44 (0) 7908 683690

 

For information on the Smart Islands Programme and the Council of the Isles of Scilly visit www.smartislands.org or contact:

Tom Walton                          twalton@scilly.gov.uk                                                         +44 (0) 1720 424323

 

For more information about PassivSystems please contact:

Marcus Edgar                        marcus@resonates.com                                                      +44 (0)7810 876 077

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

For information on the Smart Islands Programme visit the Council of the Isles of Scilly website smartislands.org

The Smart Energy Islands project is receiving up to £8,637,179 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Hitachi Europe Ltd will contribute £1, 408,656 and the balance will come from Moixa Technology, PassivSystems and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

 

Moixa Technology (www.moixa.com) is the UK’s leading home battery company. Along with smart energy sharing, we help everyone from individual homeowners, to councils and large property companies to manage and cut their electricity bills. We’re the partner of choice for leading installers, housing associations and utility companies.

Moixa has an unrivalled track record in the UK home battery market, with over 10 years of research and development, strong international patents and pilots from 2010. It has installed Moixa Smart batteries in more than 650 homes nationwide with a combined capacity of over 1.3MWh and over five million hours of use. It has worked with councils and housing associations, energy utilities and network operators to deliver more than £5 million of projects.

[1] Global EV Outlook, 2016, International Energy Agency – 14 countries have announced targets which would bring 13 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. (p20)

[2] Expected the Unexpected: The Disruptive Power of Low-carbon Technology, 2017, Grantham Institute at Imperial College and Carbon Tracker.