Geographical islands are highly dependent on the mainland energy market and in relation to the traditional electrical grid can suffer as a result. This affects their energy security and increases energy costs by up to 400% in some case.
To predict, control and manage variable load factors is key. This coupled with energy storage technology and a greater share of renewable energy then islands could enjoy a greener, stable and more resilient electrical grid.
REACT is a 4-year research project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme. Its objective is to achieve island energy independency by joining renewable energy sources and storage, a demand response platform and promote user engagement in a local energy community. REACT will develop a technical business model that will demonstrate that these technologies can bring important economic benefits, contribute to the decarbonisation of local energy systems, reduce GHG emissions and improve environmental air quality. This project started in January 2019 and will run until 2023.