News

EnergiasMadeira-platform has officially been launched!

Within the scope of the SMILE project, financed by the European Commission, through the Horizon 2020 program, the EnergiasMadeira-platform was publicly presented on the 3rd of November. EnergiasMaderia is a platform that aims to be an interactive information source...

Interview with Filipe Quintal and Lucas Pereira – PRSMA

Current situation and overall experience within the SMILE project. An interview with Filipe Quintal and Lucas Pereira, project managers from PRSMA. Could you tell us a bit about your company? PRSMA, (Brightcuriosity, Lda) was formed in 2015. Three of the founding...

Orkney’s Project Status Update and COVID-19 Impact

Orkney has been in the process of easing restrictions put in place due to COVID-19 pandemic. During the summer months residents were given permission to meet others, as long as it did not exceed 15 people outside and 8 people inside, and were encouraged to support...

Madeira’s SMILE Developments and COVID-19 Situation

Madeira - one of the safest islands in Europe with the lowest COVID-19 infection rates Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic no fatalities have been reported and restrictions are progressively being lifted in Madeira. Since July 1st the island is open for...

Samsø – Towards a Green Transition

Without any doubt Samsø is the proven evidence that green energy transition requires to put the community in the center for their own benefits. In Samsø the population itself took the initiative to create new renewables related projects and the community invested in...

Views on Post COVID-19 Legal Developments and the SMILE Technologies

Dr. Romain Mauger By Dr. Romain Mauger, GCELS, University of Groningen. The COVID-19 crisis has spared no one. The global energy sector has certainly seen some unprecedented changes, as we can remind of last April’s negative oil prices. However, as the IEA pointed...

SMILE Supports Sister Project NESOI OPEN Call

Over 3 million euros is available to support islands with their energy transition ambitions. Started in October 2019, the European Islands Facility NESOI has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under...

SMILE at Sustainable Places 2020

Join the digital event “Energy Transition on European Islands: from innovation to implementation: how to make the energy transition on islands a reality?” Do you know that there are more than 2200 inhabited islands in the EU? Despite having access to renewable sources...

Second review meeting was a success for the SMILE project!

On June 17th, the second review meeting of the SMILE project took place online, where the progress made until the first 36 months of the project was evaluated. Installation of the SMILE technologies in the Ballen marina, Samsø. At the meeting, the current...

Developments from Samsø

Battery house in the Ballen Marina is now open The battery house located in the Ballen marina on the island of Samsø is now open for public every Tuesday and Friday in July from 11:00 to 12:00 AM. Jan Jantzen (Samsø Energy Academy) explains how the battery system...

What’s happening on the Orkney islands?

Despite COVID-19, Community Energy Scotland (CES) has been looking into when they might return to complete project work in SMILE households. The Scottish Government has published a Route Map setting out plans for easing Scotland's COVID-19 restrictions. Scotland is...

SMILE joins the Covenant of Mayors webinar

SMILE joins the webinar "Empowering Islands to Achieve Their Climate and Energy Targets" organised by the Covenant of Mayors Office on May 29th! Representatives from the three lighthouse SMILE islands (Madeira, Orkney, Samsø ) will discuss how their islands have...

COVID-19 outbreak – UPDATE

A closer look into the demonstration islands and the impacts of the current outbreak The outbreak of COVID-19 is sweeping across the world. Many of us feel like we are in a constant state of both overreacting and underreacting at the same time, while we wait for...

Legal framework for a Just Transition on European Islands

Dr. R. Mauger has attended to Energy transition conference organised by the University of Eastern Finland on 24th of March to represent his latest findings resulting from the SMILE project and debate challenges and solutions for the transition to a future sustainable...

The first smart chargers are in place in Orkney

Community Energy Scotland, along with local delivery partners, have installed the first SMILE smart charger at a property in Orkney. The remainder of the domestic electric vehicle (EV) chargers will be installed once the Covid-19 restrictions have been removed by the...

Interview on the Madeiran regional television

On January 23rd, S. Scuri – researcher at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) – gave an interview on the regional television about the SMILE project and the work being carried out in Madeira. Sabrina Scuri being interviewed by regional television....

Latest developments at Ballen Marina, Samsø (DK)

By Jan Jantzen, SMILE pilot coordinator of Samsø In Samsø the site acceptance test, on the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) installed in the Ballen Marina, has just been completed successfully. The battery, located in the former warehouse building, was discharged...

SMILE at the European Utility Week

Smile at the European Utility Week More than 500 visitors came to our project stand! We are glad to announce that Giannicola Loriga - SMILE Project Coordinator -  has presented the latest advancements of our project at the European Utility Week that took place from 12...

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