Discover the successful initiatives to help transform the islands hosting FEDARENE members! The NESOI facility revealed the projects that will receive financial and technical support.
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The NESOI European Islands Facility has published the briefs of the selected projects of its first open call. The goal of the NESOI Facility is to unlock the potential of EU islands to become the locomotives of European Energy Transition by mobilising more than €100 million of investments in sustainable energy projects. It also provides the opportunity to test innovative energy technologies and approaches in a cost-competitive way.
The ultimate beneficiaries of the call will receive twofold support, both in form of financial – direct funding up to €60,000 grant – and technical support provided by NESOI Consortium.
Projects in regions hosting FEDARENE members
Here below you will find an overview of supported initiatives where FEDARENE members are active:
“ARINDEC-GRANCANARIA” will create a favourable environment for the implementation of an industrial energy community in the Arinaga Industrial Park, located in the Gran Canaria island, Spain. Our member, the Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC) is fully involved in the project.
“Sustainable Actions for Viable Energy” allows introducing for the first time smart grid and vehicle-to-grid concepts in Crete, Greece. Our member Regional Energy Agency of Crete (REAC) contributes to the efforts towards a clean enegy transition in the island.
“GO(H2)ME” (Green Orkney Hydrogen Market Expansion), a safe and viable transport logistic solution for the transportation of green hydrogen gas produced on the Orkney archipelago (United Kingdom) to the mainland with the aim of replacing diesel-fuelled generators with a zero-carbon and zero pollution alternative. Orkney is receiving support from our member, the European Small Islands Federation (ESIN), in this project.
“RenewME” (Renewable Malevizi Energy Future) consists in several technical and feasibility studies contributing to the clean energy transition of the municipality of Malevizi in Crete, Greece. Our member Regional Energy Agency of Crete (REAC) supports the energy transition in the island and contributes to the development of a regional climate and energy policy.
“CARING” (Clean energy initiatives targeted to small islands), promoted by our member European Small Islands Federation (ESIN) and involve our member Association des Iles du Ponant, is a collective initiative to enable 6 small islands to work in parallel but also together on innovative solutions for their local contexts: Île aux Moines (France), Inishbofin (Ireland), Nagu (Finland), Fur and Venø (Denmark), and Ulva (United Kingdom).
“FossilFreeSamsø“, promoted by Samsø Energy Academy, will enable the Danish island Samsø to become totally independant of fossil fuels, including for the ferries connecting Samsø to the mainland.
Our member REA Kvarner is involved in 3 successful proposals:
“SOLAR Islands” in Croatia is a joint action of the local communities of the islands of Korčula, Cres and Lošinj to start the installation of a communal solar power plant on each of the archipelagos through a crowd-investment model.
“Island of Krk SECAP for all” consists of developing high-level planning activities, including the writing of a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan, for the Croatian island of Krk.
“Solar Island Tender“consists in the design of tendering criteria based on economically best offer, changing the current system where prices are the only criterion. It will be applied for a solar power plant on the island of Krk in Croatia, and will serve as a model for other projects.
“DGReS-Aegean” combines the deployment of battery energy storage systems, the installation of PV plants and the partial replacement of fossil diesel with renewable diesel in the Greek islands of Chios, Oinousses and Pasara. DAFNI, the Network of Sustainable Greek Islands, founder and long lasting strategic partner of our member AEGEA, is one of the co-beneficiaries of the project. They have also supported the submission of several successful proposals developed by their members:
The WiRe-K project consists in the replacement of the existing wind turbine with modern, state-of-the-art wind turbine and a ‘behind-the-meter’ lithium-ion battery on Kythnos, Greece. This project will complement the work started by DAFNI and AEGEA through the Kythnos Smart Island initiative – the biggest research and development project ever to be implemented in the Greek islands.
“TESLA” (Transport electrification on sea and land in Antiparos, Greece) concerns the propulsion system hybridization of 1 of the 4 ferries operating the Paros-Antiparos ferry connection, as well as EV charging stations installation, partial electrification of Antiparos municipal fleet and installation of PV panels, paving the way towards carbon-neutral mobility both on land and at sea.
“JEDI” (Just clean energy transition of Diapontia Islands) envisages to fully serve the electricity demand of Othonoi and Ereikoussa, making them the first Greek islands powered by 100% renewables. It also includes the transformation of the port of Mathraki island into a smart marina, including the creation of an Energy Community.
The ENERSIK project corresponds to the development of a Clean Energy Transition Agenda (CETA) for the island of Ikara, Greece.
The EnergyFlexHouse help test technologies of Solar collectors and reduce the operational cost associated with energy loss and at the same time make the systems “greener” without large investments in the frame of RELaTED.
The RELaTED project partners Inaventa Solar has recently started a new project, DisolBat (distributed solar and “blue batteries”), which builds on the results of its international collaboration with RELaTED.