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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...

Making Islands Sustainable – An Interactive Workshop on Texel

We are delighted to announce that seventy participants were present during the interactive workshop day on Texel on the 28th of November! We aimed to use the knowledge and experience gained on the islands of Madeira, Samsø and Orkney to develop concrete sustainability...

What’s going on on the Orkney Islands?

Do you know that the installations of heating systems and electric vehicle chargers have been continuing on the Orkney demonstrator during the past few months, with the full 45 houses signed up to receive the four different heating systems, and a further 30 properties...

Samsø Elektro enters the solar battery market for households

Ballen Marina Samsø Brian Kjær, Samsø Elektro, presented solar batteries at the Samsø Energy fair. It is relevant even for households now.   With a domestic solar battery, households can store the daily solar production, and use the energy after dark. Since...

Conference sustainable islands on Texel success

In the StayOkay in Den Burg (Texel), 70 people met last Thursday to think together about how islands such as Texel can make their energy supply more sustainable. Delegates from the Portuguese island of Madeira, the Scottish archipelago of Orkney and the Danish island...

SMILE attended to the 4th Annual Symposium of HAEE

Smile was represented by Nikos Nikolopoulos from CERTH at the 4th Annual Symposium of the Hellenic Association for Energy Economics (HAEE) on 8th of May! The HAEE - Hellenic Association for Energy Economics (Greek affiliate of the IAEE - The International Association...

SMILE2MATCH will take place on 4th of July

The SMILE2MATCH event will take place on the 4th of July in Thessaloniki Greece. The event, organized by partners from the Smart Islands Energy Project (SMILE) and the Enterprise Europe Network, provides a great opportunity to initiate new international collaborations...

Latest developments from Orkney

The most important developments in Orkney within SMILE project in the last three months. The project has entered the installation preparation phase with the necessary equipment now being procured and technology readied to be integrated into homes. Final design details...

Civic engagement on Samsø

Sixty citizens attended a public workshop at the Samsø Energy Academy. They received a SMILE progress report as a part of the workshop. Jan Jantzen is demonstrating the planned changes at Bellen Marina within Smile project. The battery cabin has arrived, and the...

Samsø pilot coordinator

Achievements and future plans of Samsø Energy Academy, current situation and overall experience within SMILE Project. Interview with Jan Jantzen, Samsø pilot coordinator. Samsø , The Energy Island Jan, could you please introduce your organisation shortly? The Samsø...

SMILE at EUSEW Networking Village 2019

We are glad to announce that the SMILE team will have a stand together with MuseGrids and E-LOBSTER H2020 projects at the European Sustainable Energy Week on the 19th of June. The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities to build a...

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