Use Case Description
The Isle of Wight Council (IWC) has produced a Community Strategy to be self-sufficient in electricity produced from local renewable energy sources.
This will require an installed capacity of Renewable Energy Sources of 170MW. To date, approximately 80MW has been installed, but the Island is now subject to a grid constraint by the large amount of Distributed Generation. This adds cost and complexity, with impacts on the economy & environmental targets. Reinforcement through an additional interconnector is unaffordable and potentially unachievable; therefore, IWC has started to investigate smarter solutions which will allow it to achieve its ambitions and future-proof the electricity network.
At IWC case the involved partners will contribute to field trials, devise a detailed model of the existing power grid, an optimum smart grid facilities as well as Electric Vehicle charging stations for rapid charging that can also help in balancing the network. The work will also include a study on new models for community-led Demand Side Response delivery.