The aim of SMARTrenew is to transfer renewable energy and smart storage solutions to dispersed regions of the NPA. Transnational knowledge transfer will be demand led, supported by the quadruple helix approach (academia, business, public authority, citizens), and impact will be maximised by focusing on implementation and smart energy awareness building in communities. Common territorial challenges to be addressed by SMARTrenew include the high cost of fossil fuel dominated energy and heat supplies, remoteness, low population density, cold climate and low uptake in smart renewable technology resulting in energy poverty and lack of energy security combined with poor grid infrastructure in remote areas. SMART serves 6 NPA regions – with varying levels of renewable maturity – including Arctic, Northern, Atlantic, and Islands. The partnership comprises 7 organisations including academic, research, local authority, SME, and national energy organisations, all with complementary skills and experience in delivering renewable solutions. To address the challenges the project will deliver transnational knowledge and expertise from the partner regions into each of these communities, to increase awareness, and implement solutions with an innovative renewable mix combined with smart energy storage.
The main results will be: (i) greater awareness in communities and local authorities; (ii) renewable energy implementations that will show that local energy poverty can be decreased, and energy security increased. The project outputs will be: 6 “showcase” Smarter Energy Rural Communities”, 18 houses and public buildings retrofitted with smart renewable energy/storage solutions, 1 smart storage services and 1 renewable services. Key to the project sustainability and growth beyond the project duration will be promotion of stakeholder ownership in these innovations including enhancing local and national policy-makers capacity to effect change.
Expected Results (EN):
Awareness of energy efficiency opportunities and renewable solutions in housing sector and public infrastructures in remote and sparsely populated areas
Expected Outputs (EN):
The SMARTrenew project will produce two main results, which will make a positive contribution to the programme result indicator. The two project results are: (1) Enhanced Rural Energy Security, (2) Smarter Rural Energy Community.
ENHANCED RURAL ENERGY SECURITY: The SMARTrenew project will significantly increase the NPA regions expertise, knowledge, and capability to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment. This will have been proven by the output indicators (11 houses and public buildings connected to renewable energy). The pilots will demonstrate a blend of innovative renewable and smart energy storage schemes in the 6 partner regions. The energy storage schemes will include high temperature heat storage in solid materials and liquids, chemical storage, and battery solutions. Pilots will also include: heat extraction from the ocean to thermally power a DH system in an Icelandic coastal community; the Faroes renewable energy mix with hydro storage will be augmented by high temp thermal storage in solid materials such as rock; Norway will address island energy security by reducing diesel consumption with a renewable energy solution with smart storage. Finland will adapt a housing CHP system to incorporate smart energy storage to minimise waste. Ireland and N Ireland will implement battery storage on isolated public infrastructure and residential communities respectively. The public authorities of the regions will enhance their capacity due to the transference of knowledge, and implementation of new energy solutions.
SMARTER RURAL ENERGY COMMUNITIES: this result will be the creation of "showcase" dispersed communities which will become leaders in terms of best practice in innovative energy solutions through the transnational exchange of knowledge and skills from other showcase regions. They will show by exchanging ideas, how communities can improve energy security and reduce energy poverty, through the adoption of renewable energy and smart storage solutions. This will extend to all stakeholders – citizens, public authorities, SMEs, and researchers. These communities will develop the capacity to continually improve their energy services by integrating new technologies and models as they mature after the project.
The contribution of these results will be measurable using a range of indicators such as: (a) number of houses converted to renewable energy, (b) number of houses with access to smart energy and heat storage (c) number of public buildings fitted with renewable energy, (d) number of public buildings fitted with smart energy (e) number of new energy services introduced by public authorities.
In the longer term, other measurement schemes could be adopted to track regional innovation progress such as: (a) number of SMEs delivering energy services, (b) quality of energy research, (c) adoption of new schemes and technology by local authorities, (d) number of Smarter Rural Energy Communities.