Smart Energy Islands project trials use of EVs and smart home batteries to meet energy requirements

24 March 2017

24 March 2017

Home battery company Moixa is developing platforms which aim to enable electric vehicles (EV) and smart home batteries to balance electricity supply and demand through the Smart Energy Islands (SEI) project. The £10.8m (€12.5m) project is part financed by £8.6m (€9.9m) from the European Regional Development Fund and will be carried out on the Isles of Scilly, which was selected because of its remote location and high dependence on electricity and fossil fuels as there is no gas supply. 

The Electric Vehicle Management System will control and optimise how electric car batteries can be used by the islands’ energy system. It will develop learning algorithms to ensure that when electric vehicles are deployed they are maintained at a state of charge best able to support the energy system and the needs of their users. 

Moixa’s systems will integrate with an Internet of Things (IoT) platform developed by Hitachi Europe, which is leading the SEI project. It will use home batteries, electric vehicles and smart heating technologies to help meet the islands‘ energy requirements. 

The SEI project lays the foundations for the wider Smart Islands programme, which aims by 2025 to cut electricity bills by 40%, meet 40% of energy demand through renewables, and see 40% of vehicles being electric or low-carbon. 

More details can be found on the Moixa website.