The pilot Islands
The Smart Islands Energy Systems (SMILE) project will implement three large-scale pilot projects in different regions of Europe with similar topographic characteristics but different policies, challenges, regulations and energy markets. This enables the project to develop new innovations in different environments, thereby allowing an optimal adoption towards market readiness.
Madeira is a total energy island which means that it is not connected to any other landmass electrically. All energy consumed on the island must therefore be generated on the island itself.
Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
The Orkney Islands are in a unique position having a high penetration of renewable generation, equivalent to more than 100% of electricity demand, as well as an operational smart grid that is connected to the mainland network.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731249.