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1st Review meeting in Madeira

Review meeting in Madeira The 1st SMILE Project Review meeting was successfully held on 7th and 8th of February 2019. SMILE project submitted its 1st Periodic Report, covering months 1-18 of the project to the European Commission at the end of December 2018. This was...

Samsø installs a battery to store energy

The empty cabin arrives at the Ballen marina. The battery saves electrical energy for later. Visiting boats in the marina may tap renewable energy from the battery round the clock. The battery energy storage system arrived mid-December to Samsø. Partner Lithium...

Orkney pilot coordinator

Achievements and future plans of CES, current situation and overall experience within SMILE Project: Could you please introduce your organisation shortly? Community Energy Scotland (CES) is a registered charity that provides practical help for communities developing...

Highlights From Orkney

Participant Recruitment To date, significant effort has been made by the local team focussed on recruiting homeowners in the project to register their interest to potentially receive new grid-smart equipment.  Over 110 homeowners have approached CES to register...

ACIF: public relations with EV stakeholders on the island of Madeira

Madeira On the 5th of December ACIF gathered the representatives from two authorized dealers in the Madeira island which are responsible for commercializing the Renault, Nissan, Volkswagen, Mercedes and Peugeot brands. In the meeting, several topics were discussed:...

SMILE partner CERTH disseminates knowledge at ECOS 2018

In June Smile partner CERTH has attended to 31st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems in Guimaraes. ECOS was focused on the fundamentals of thermodynamics, economics and environment analysis...

Spreading the SMILE word

The Smile project was presented by the Communication and Dissemination taks leader to students of the European Master ‘Sustainable Energy Systems Management’ and European Master in ‘Renewable Energies’. In the events, Fernando Atuesta Salazar made a brief explanation...

Samso Energy Fair in local newspaper

Success of the Samso Energy Fair has attracted the local newspaper. In an article published by the newspaper Smile project was mentioned. The project manager Jan Jantzen from the Samso Energy Academy were whole day present to represent the Smile project and many...

Presentation of study ‘Heat pumps’ at SDEWES conference

Poul Alberg Østergaard from Aalborg University presented at the SDEWES conference in Palermo his latest study “Business and Socioeconomic Assessment of Introducing Heat Pumps with Heat Storage in Small-scale District Heating Systems”. This study will be online...

Civic engagement at Samso Energy Fair

The Samso energy fair on 13 October 2018 attracted many visitors with an inquiring mind. SMILE staff discussed the photovoltaic plant with a battery, which is due next year on the Ballen marina. The local installer, Stjerne, organised the fair, and many large...

Total energy island – Madeira

Although there has been quite a lot of challenges to overcome for all the Madeira partners, significant progress has been done regarding the monitoring equipment, web portal, electric vehicles and Voltage and Frequency Control Pilot! The monitoring equipment was...

Global center for renewable energy development – Orkney

SMILE aims to implement domestic heat installs, the EV (Electric Vehicles) charge points and the smart control of the 11kV on-site switching and storage system in Orkney. Planned domestic heat installs will consist of approximately 45 properties with a variety of...

Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island since 1997

The project team in Samsø has extensively worked on possible energy solutions to solve the challenges arising from the fluctuating energy consumption: what type of energy plant should be installed and which size fits better within the project? The main task was to...

Dafni at International Conference CIrCLE2018

Smile Partner Dafni participated in the International Conference CIrClE2018 “Challenges for the Islands in the era of Circular Economy” which was held between 20-22 September, 2018 in Chania, Greece. More than 280 participants from 21 different countries, including...

The Brokerage Event on Energy Systems and SCC 2018

SMILE team was present at the Brokerage Event on Energy Systems and SCC on 5th of October 2018 in Brussel, Belgium. SMILE team is glad to announce that the Project coordinator Giannicola Loriga from RINA met prospective cooperation partners in energy field during...

SMILE partner Aalborg University attending SDEWES

Smile partner Aalborg University will be attending the 13th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - SDEWES Conference, to be held in Palermo from 30th of September till 4th of October. The conference will be dedicated to the...

Timeline for politics and civic engagement on SMILE at Samsø

In the first half year of the SMILE project, the project team on Samsø has examined different possible solutions for the installation of renewable energy plants (wind and/or solar power) and the sizes of them to fit the project aim of the establishment of a smart grid...

16th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

SMILE project as a case-study to reflect on innovation, risk and resilience in the framework of the energy transition SMILE team is glad to announce that the University of Groningen, one of the project’s partners, participated in the 16th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN...

Photovoltaic plant to be built on Samsø

SMILE will implement an integrated energy system at the Ballen marina and its surrounds to meet the energy needs of the island. The Samsø island produces more electricity than it can actually consume owing to its offshore and onshore wind power plants. Currently,...

Madeira pilot coordinator

Achievements and future plans of ACIF-CCIM, current situation and overall experience within SMILE Project. Interview with Marco Vieira, Madeira pilot coordinator. Marco, could you please tell us something about your organization and your involvement in energy topics?...

SMILE 12th Month General Meeting

Main goals, achievements and future challenges: a year after the beginning of the project, SMILE partners met in Genoa (Italy) to discuss progress and next steps. On 29th and 30th May, SMILE 12th Month General Meeting took place in RINA headquarters in Genoa, Italy....

SMILE General Assembly in Madeira

On 12 and 13 October, the second General Assembly for the SMILE project took place. This time all participants got together in Madeira, one of the pilot islands. The meeting was hosted by the Madeira Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACIF/CCIM)  and the group...

Kickoff SMILE Project in Brussels

On 22 and 23 May, the official kick-off of the ‘SMILE’ project took place in Brussels. The Smart Islands Energy Systems (SMILE) is a unique project within the Horizon 2020 project as it has a main focus on three European islands; Madeira (Portugal), Samsø (Denmark) and the Orkney Islands (United Kingdom). Representatives from all participating organisations were present.

Official launch of website of Horizon 2020 project ‘SMILE’

On Friday 29 September 2017, the website of the ‘SMILE’ project has officially launched. The Smart Islands Energy Systems (SMILE) is a unique project within the Horizon 2020 project as it has a main focus on three European islands; Madeira (Portugal), Samsø (Denmark) and the Orkney Islands (United Kingdom).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731249.