Green light to second stage of ReFLEX Orkney
Posted on 02 Apr 2020 and read 827 times
The ReFLEX Orkney consortium has completed the first stage of a project that is intended to integrate electricity, transport and heating networks, using advanced software to balance demand and supply.
The second stage of the project — funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund — will see the launch of an attractive local electricity tariff tailored to the needs of ReFLEX’s integrated energy system.
Work is now underway to set up a local energy company to offer advice to local consumers and businesses and to provide affordable leasing options for new domestic and commercial batteries, electric vehicles and charging points in Orkney.
This pioneering project will help Orkney to maximise the potential of its renewable-energy production capabilities and reduce its reliance on grid electricity imported from the UK mainland.
Led by the European Marine Energy Centre, the consortium includes local partners Aquatera and Solo Energy, plus Community Energy Scotland, Heriot-Watt University and multi-national energy company Doosan Babcock.
UKRI director Rob Saunders (www.ukri.org
) said: “ReFLEX Orkney is showcasing how intelligent local energy systems can bring about real benefits for users.
“It is a testament to the hard work of the ReFLEX team that they have successfully passed this first-stage review.
“We look forward to working with ReFLEX on the next stage of its project.”