Project duration: March 2018 – March 2019
The Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides experiences many problems with its electricity network that are typical of such remote areas. The electricity connection to the mainland is at peak capacity, meaning further development of the island’s prolific renewable energy resources is difficult. Furthermore, the existing wind farms on the island are constrained and back-up diesel generators are required when there are outages which affect the connection to the mainland.
Regen was a partner, with Cenex and E-Car, on an innovative study led by Zero Carbon Marine, co-funded by OLEV and BEIS in partnership with Innovate UK, that will used the Isle of Lewis as a living laboratory. The study will assessed the potential for the Isle of Lewis to decarbonise its power and transport markets through the use of smart charging and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology. The ultimate aim is to deploy V2G technology to make the island’s electricity infrastructure more robust and self-sufficient and maximise the export of zero carbon power through the interconnector to the mainland.