Approved projects

Intelligent Community Energy

Acronym: ICE
Duration: 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2020 (48 months)
Total budget: €8,000,062.70
ERDF: €5,499,342.93

Description:

The Intelligent Community Energy project (ICE) aims to design and implement innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories in the France Channel England area.

Isolated communities often face unique energy issues related to efficiency, reliability and sustainability. This is commonly due to dependency on external and fossil fuel energy supply, low electricity grid capacity and limited or no connection to wider grids. As a result isolated communities have higher than average carbon emissions and are more vulnerable to fluctuating fuel prices.

The ICE project will overcome these challenges by producing an innovative low-carbon energy system (Smart Grid) which will cover the entire energy cycle from production to consumption. The project will focus on improving and developing smart solutions for energy production, storage and consumption for remote communities.

The new systems will then be tested on two pilot sites, Ushant Island in France and the University of East Anglia’s campus in the UK (UEA). It is hoped that the system will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions of the communities involved in the project by over 50%. 

Outputs:

  • A network of companies - This network will consist of a selection of companies (mainly SMEs) that will be 'ICE certified'. This means they will have the right skills and expertise to operate and provide products and services related to the specific issues faced by isolated areas.
  • A business model - Isolated territories face very specific energy issues. The business model developed by the project will address these issues while supporting the shift towards low carbon energy solutions. The business model will be able to be easily replicated and used by other isolated communities.
  • A Smart Grid - This system will be focused on remote and isolated energy territories. It will cover the entire energy cycle from production to consumption
  • Commercial offer of the wider deployment of the ICE methodology – This output aims to increase awareness of the new low carbon solutions and trigger the adoption of ICE by other isolated areas.

Lead Partner:

Name of the organisation: Bretagne Developpement Innovation
Country: France
Location: Ile et Villaine

Project Partner 2:

Name of the organisation: Technopôle Brest-Iroise
Country: France
Location: Finistère

Project Partner 3:

Name of the organisation: Technopole Quimper-Cornouaille
Country: France
Location: Finistère

Project Partner 4:

Name of the organisation: Syndicat Départemental d'Energie et d'Equipement du Finistère
Country: France
Location: Finistère

Project Partner 5:

Name of the organisation: University of East Anglia
Country: England
Location: Norfolk

Project Partner 6:

Name of the organisation: University of Exeter
Country: England
Location: Devon

Project Partner 7:

Name of the organisation: University of Plymouth
Country: England
Location: Devon

Project Partner 8:

Name of the organisation: Marine South East Ltd
Country: England
Location: Hampshire

Project Partner 9:

Name of the organisation: le Pole Mer Bretagne
Country: France
Location: Finistère