ISLANDER.

Accelerating the decarbonisation of islands’ energy systems

Project Description

Smarter energy on Borkum island

Years ago, a project for a new coal-fired power plant on the island of Borkum in Germany generated concerns over air quality, which led to the decision to make the island fully decarbonised by 2030. To a greater or lesser extent, geographical islands today are facing several challenges posed by the objective of
achieving zero-emission energy systems. The main objective of the ISLANDER project is to make substantial progress towards a fully decarbonised, smart geographical island which will pave the way to other Follower islands towards a zero-emissions energy system.

The EU-funded ISLANDER project consists of 11 partners from 7 countries (Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Spain and the United Kingdom),  that conjointly will design a process to make Borkum a fully autonomous and decarbonised energy island system. The project will focus on the introduction of distributed renewable energy + small-scale storage (RESS) systems and complementary short-to-seasonal, large-scale electricity storage and seawater district heating. This will be coupled with heat storage to make use of the heat of the North Sea water as a heating and cooling source. ISLANDER will also demonstrate the deployment of an electric vehicle charging network, a smart IT platform and an optimisation tool to optimally design zero-carbon island energy systems.

Objectives

Borkum is an island of about 30 km2 and 5,500 residents, located 20 miles from the north-western coast of Germany. Following concerns of the population regarding air quality due to a new coal-fired power plant, Borkum started on a path towards renewable energy many years ago. Following several initiatives in that direction including a citizen dialogue, the island decided to become emission-free and fully decarbonized by 2030. In line with the end-goal, there are 4 main objectives to be achieved through the implementation of ISLANDER:

  1. Contribute to achieving a 100% level of renewable energy penetration into the power system
    and to the total avoidance of fossil fuel-based energy for all electricity and heating uses (including public
    transport), paving the way to an emission-free Borkum by 2030.
  2. Innovative approaches to energy storage at different time scales.
  3. Achieve highly integrated and digitalised smart grids and thermal networks based on high
    flexibility services from distributed generation, local power balancing, demand response and storage of energy.
  4. Improved multi-scale forecasting through comprehensive modelling of demand and supply

IDENER’s role

IDENER R&D is the responsible partner of the deployment of the H2-based storage system on the island of Borkum. Also, it leads to the design and deployment of RESS household solutions.

Project Details

  • Client European Commission
  • Date 5 November, 2020
  • Tags Energy, Environment, Expertise area, Funding type, Horizon 2020, Modeling and Simulation, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Public - EU FP7 / H2020, Public - H2020, Research area
  • Programme Horizon 2020
  • Call ID 957669
  • Client European Commission
  • Partners AYESA ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES SA, IDENER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AGRUPACION DE INTERES ECONOMICO, KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVENT, STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH, NORDSEEHEILBAD BORKUM GMBH, ZIGOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AIE, CEGASA ENERGIA S.L.U., BCM ENERGY, THE EUROPEAN MARINE ENERGY CENTRE LIMITED, DIKTYO AEIFORIKON NISON TOY AIGAIOU AE, REGIONALNA ENERGETSKA AGENCIJA KVARNER
  • Project cost 8.284.687,50 €
  • Start date 1st October, 2020
  • End date 30th September, 2024
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