- April 20, 2019
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Scotland's Orkney Islands are advancing steadily towards a goal of 100% renewable energy. Key to this is an inclusive approach that brings together government, local businesses, tech and finance providers and consumers, according to a Forbes contributor.
Orkney Islanders started along a path to 100% percent renewable energy about 20 years ago. Community-owned wind turbines supplemented by solar, wave and tidal power are now producing more electricity than the residents of the 20 inhabited islands consume.
They're now working to make use of that surplus energy rather than curtail power generation. Efforts include the Heat Smart Orkney Project, which aims to make use of that energy to heat homes and the Surf'n'Turf project that uses surplus energy to produce hydrogen to fuel car and passenger ferries.
The latest effort aims to come up with a solution that solves the problem of wind and solar generation intermittency by coordinating renewable energy generation and consumer load in a way that dramatically reduces, if not eliminates, the need to curtail renewable power generation.
Project partners are installing battery storage systems and leasing electric vehicles to participants free of charge. Project partner Solo Energy has developed FlexiGrid, a virtual power plant software platform that provides integrated management of local electricity, transport and heating grids.