Project - Promoting RES Integration for Smart Mediterranean Islands

Description


Description (EN): Mediterranean islands (Misl) are characterized by several energy criticalities in terms of high costs, security and management due to their high dependence on fossil fuels. PRISMI aims at tackling this key challenges by supporting the transition of Misl to an autonomous, cleaner, secure, low-carbon energy system – in line with the overall EU Energy Union package and EU2020 Strategy – through the development of an integrated trans-national approach to assess and exploit the renewable energy sources (RES). Such model will be developed through a studying project bringing together academia, public authorities and local communities of five target territories with a view to fully empower end-users in the take-up of project outputs. Among these, the main ones constituting the key innovative value of the project are: - An integrated toolkit for assessing and mapping the local potential of RES and their exploitation in new energy systems. - A Sustainable Energy Action Plan drafted for each case study area with recommendations and strategies for developing integrated RES. - The establishment of a PRISMI Network of Stakeholders to support exchange of knowledge and best practices in RES integration in Misl. These outputs will represent a reference framework supporting end-users in driving and intercepting economic initiatives aimed at increasing the penetration of RES in Misl energy mix – thus contributing to sustainable development and inclusive growth throughout the Programme area.
Description: Les iles de la Méditerranée doivent faire face à une série de criticités liées à leur dépendance énergétique des combustibles fossiles en termes de couts élevés, sécurité et gestion. PRISMI tache de répondre à ces défis en soutenant la transition des iles MED à un système énergétique autonome, propre et sur à travers le développement d’une approche transnationale intégrée pour évaluer et exploiter les ressources renouvelables (RES). Ce modèle sera développé à travers un projet d’étude qui réunit des experts, les autorités publiques et les communautés locales de 5 territoires-cible en vue d’encourager les utilisateurs finaux à reprendre les produits du projet. Parmi ceux-ci, les principaux constituant la valeur innovatrice du projet sont: i)une boite à outils intégrée pour l’évaluation et le mappage du potentiel local des RES et leur exploitation dans des nouveaux systèmes énergétiques; ii)un Plan d’Action pour l’Energie Durable élaboré pour chaque région cas d’étude avec des recommandations et stratégies pour développer l’intégration des RES; iii)l’établissement d’un Réseau de Stakeholders PRISMI pour soutenir l’échange de connaissance et meilleures pratiques dans l’intégration des RES. Ces produits représenteront un cadre de référence soutenant les Municipalités dans la création d’initiatives économiques visant une pénétration plus marquée des RES dans le mix énergétique des iles MED – ainsi contribuant au développement durable et à une croissance inclusive dans la région.
Expected Results (EN): 1 Increased knowledge and awareness of MED islands Municipalities regarding their local renewable energy potential : Reliable knowledge on the local renewable energy potential is essential basic information needed for both policy makers and public/private investors to achieve EU 2020 goals in RES and energy efficiency. Despite data availability, many local authorities of MED islands still do not have at their disposal tools or methodologies for assessing the renewable energy potential and RES integration in the local grid. With a partial knowledge of the local potential it is difficult to increase the share of renewable energy from local sources in energy mix. Furthermore, the lack of an effective RES assessment does not allow local authorities to implement valid energy strategies able to integrate all the decentralized energy systems in the respective area. Reducing this knowledge gap is fundamental to enable the increase of RES share in energy mix in the concerned territories. PRISMI project will create a toolkit to assess and map local RES. Additionally, the toolkit will provide a systemic overview of the main methodological approaches used for assessing and mapping RES and will harmonize, synthesize and optimize them for MED islands. Hence, the toolkit will offer user-friendly information and guidance on RES to decision-makers.1 Increased knowledge and awareness of MED islands Municipalities regarding their local renewable energy potential : Reliable knowledge on the local renewable energy potential is essential basic information needed for both policy makers and public/private investors to achieve EU 2020 goals in RES and energy efficiency. Despite data availability, many local authorities of MED islands still do not have at their disposal tools or methodologies for assessing the renewable energy potential and RES integration in the local grid. With a partial knowledge of the local potential it is difficult to increase the share of renewable energy from local sources in energy mix. Furthermore, the lack of an effective RES assessment does not allow local authorities to implement valid energy strategies able to integrate all the decentralized energy systems in the respective area. Reducing this knowledge gap is fundamental to enable the increase of RES share in energy mix in the concerned territories. PRISMI project will create a toolkit to assess and map local RES. Additionally, the toolkit will provide a systemic overview of the main methodological approaches used for assessing and mapping RES and will harmonize, synthesize and optimize them for MED islands. Hence, the toolkit will offer user-friendly information and guidance on RES to decision-makers.2 Improved capacity of sustainable energy planning and RES management of MED islands Municipalities : Energy planning is a key factor in local sustainable development. Indeed, the strategic planning processes can be used by policy-makers and public administrations, at the local level, to redesign the energy system and encourage RES development and environmental conservation. The planning and management of cost-effective sustainable development is based on a complex relationship between energy demand and supply, economy and environment, democracy and its institutions. Today, most decision-makers cannot handle and correlate that wide range of variables to be evaluated in different ways: this delays or even blocks the spread of RES in the energy mix of MED islands. PRISMI toolkit, based on a multi criteria analysis and a transnational approach (considering economic, technical and environmental parameters), allows to diagnose current problems and sketch future actions for contributing to MED islands' sustainable development. By using the toolkit, energy needs and local restrictions will be identified for each case study. Then, energy scenarios simulations will be performed and optimized according to different objective functions. Obtained results will outline the sustainable actions that local authorities could implement, adopting public/private investment strategies and dedicated incentive schemes, and facilitating removal of market barriers.3 Increased transnational cooperation and dialogue among MED islands Municipalities on RES importance : Active participation of the stakeholders of the energy system and integration of their interests are essential to sustain cooperation and commitment for RES increase in MED islands' energy mix. Nowadays, local authorities are becoming the key actors in finding solutions related to energy and climate issues. Besides, an actual transition towards a low carbon economy based on sustainability targets (considering both societal consensus and compliance with environmental criteria) requires the support of local communities. These, in most cases, are not aware of the importance of such topics. In fact, RES acceptance is one of the main factors to be tackled in order not to turn into a lock-in situation. PRISMI, through the establishment of a Network beyond the project consortium, and involving relevant institutional and scientific stakeholders, will act on key causes of the current low RES share in MED islands. The Network will: 1) foster the exchange of best practices and international experiences/expertise; 2) provide a space for local authorities to consult on how to achieve more sustainable energy planning while maintaining consensus in a multi-actor setting; 3) raise awareness within the local communities and promote citizens' acceptance of RES.
Expected Outputs (EN): Toolkit for assessing and mapping local RES potential of MED Islands and developing energy scenarios,1 Draft Sustainable Energy Action Plan per Island case study (5 Draft SEAPs altogether),PRISMI Network
Expected Outputs: Boite à outils pour l'évaluation et le mappage du potentiel RES des Iles de la Mediterranée et le développement de scénarios énergétiques,1 Draft Sustainable Energy Action Plan pour chaque Ile cas d'étude (5 Draft SEAPs au total),Réseau PRISMI

Thematic Information


Thematics: Coastal management and maritime issues  Renewable energy  
Specific Objective: To increase the share of renewable local energy sources in energy mix strategies and plans in specific MED territories
Thematic Objective: (4) supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors by:
Investment Priority: (4e) promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures


Project Summary


Project name (EN): Promoting RES Integration for Smart Mediterranean Islands
Project name: Promouvoir l'intégration des EnR pour des îles de la Mediterranée intelligentes
Project acronym: PRISMI

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-05-23

Web: https://interreg-med.eu/

Project start date: 2016-11-01
Project end date: 2018-04-30
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 599.573,00
European Union funding: EUR 509.637,06

ERDF budget: EUR 509.637,06

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Lead Partner (EN): Sapienza University of Rome
Lead Partner: Università degli Studi di Roma
Department: Department of Astronautical, Electrical and Energy Engineering
Address: Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome, Italy
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Department: Division of Development Programmes
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Department: Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, Chair of Energy and Power Engineering
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Department: Technical Office
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Address: Mikiel Anton Vassalli Street, Valletta, Malta
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Department: Mechanical Eng. Department / Soft Energy Applications & Environmental Protection Lab
Address: P. Ralli 250 Avenue & Thivon Street, Aegaleo-Athens, Greece
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