Intelligent Energy Solutions For Isolated Territories: The Ushant Case Study

Session Description:

Intelligent Energy Solutions For Isolated Territories: The Ushant Case Study [Virtual Island Summit]

The ICE project tackles the key challenge faced by the Channel area in reducing the energy vulnerability of the region. Isolated territories such as islands and peripheral communities of the Channel area are either located at the end of energy distribution networks or depends mainly on fossil fuel generation which can be expensive and vulnerable to supply issues. In this context, Ushant island (850 inhabitants) has a strong and demanding objective: reach 100% renewable by 2030 with a checkpoint at 50% in 2023 while ensuring quality and without undermining the security and reliability of the electric grid.

The ICE project aimed to provide routes to set up a smart grid in Ushant comprising local renewable energy productions, including the first tidal turbine connected to the grid in France, with automated management of the energy mix by an Energy Management System and an electricity storage battery. The smart-grid also includes a communication infrastructure using LoRa technology, allowing continuous feedback of consumption and air quality information in public buildings. At the same time, this infrastructure disseminates information in real time on the state of the electricity network, enabling residents to shift their consumption, or even plan and automate electricity consumption such as heating or domestic hot water production.

Session Sponsor:

Intelligent Community Energy

Funded by the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England Programme, the Intelligent Community Energy project (ICE) aims to design, implement and promote innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories facing issues in terms of efficiency, reliability and sustainability in the Channel area. It runs for 50 months, from June 2016 to August 2020, but aims to deliver durable impacts beyond its duration. The project designs and produces an innovative low-carbon energy system (smart grid), able to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission of the territories concerned (50% to 100% compared to a fuel-based system) and secure energy access security. It will cover the entire energy cycle from production to consumption, exploit local renewable energy sources and integrate new and existing technologies currently at different levels of readiness, in order to deliver a comprehensive innovative solution.

Session Speakers:

Sébastien Dalmas

Partner, EDENWAY

Sébastien is a founding partner at Edenway in charge of Project Coordination and Business Development. He has 20 years of experience in consulting at both strategic and operational levels. His expertise is based on the management of innovative projects with multidisciplinary teams. In ICE, he is supporting BDI in the Management and Communication work packages.

Session: Intelligent Energy Solutions for Isolated Territories: The Ushant Case Study

Sébastien Dalmas

Partner, EDENWAY

Hélène Morin

Head of European Affairs, Bretagne Développement Innovation

Mrs. Hélène Morin has a solid experience in management and coordination of collaborative European projects and she is specialized in technical and financial management of those consortium oriented towards innovation and cluster development. As representative of the ICE project coordinator and together with her team, she is first supporting demonstration pilotes, making sure it is in line with business expectation actions and, second, overlooking all communication activities around the project.

Session: Intelligent Energy Solutions for Isolated Territories: The Ushant Case Study

Hélène Morin

Head of European Affairs, Bretagne Développement Innovation

Peter Connor

Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy Policy, University of Exeter, UK

Helen Smith

Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy at the University of Exeter, UK

Phedeas Stephanides

Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia, UK

Dr Phedeas Stephanides is an environmental social scientist who draws from disciplines such as Human Geography, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Environmental Sociology. His research is concerned with the changing relations between science, innovation and society in contemporary democracies, particularly in environment and sustainability contexts and in response to issues of energy, climate change and emerging technologies. In his capacity as a Senior Research Associate in Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, he has successfully engaged with key stakeholders and energy publics at an international level to explore the full range of forms of public participation around sustainability transitions. He currently co-leads Work Package 5 of the Intelligent Community Energy project (funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England Programme), exploring aspects of societal engagement around sustainable energy futures and smart energy feedback in the context of insular energy systems and islands.

Session: Intelligent Energy Solutions for Isolated Territories: The Ushant Case Study

Phedeas Stephanides

Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia, UK

Jonathan Williams

CEO, Marine South East

Jonathan Williams founded MSE in 2005 and has been CEO ever since. He has led the company’s development to become a catalyst for marine business investment in innovation and diversification. MSE is now internationally recognised as a leading European marine cluster, centred on the world-class business and research capabilities of the UK's Solent region.

His understanding of innovation as a business process was developed during four years at the think tank “Centre for Exploitation of Science & Technology (CEST)” in London. His previous industrial experience includes engineering design and project management within the offshore energy industry, based in UK, Norway and Italy.

He holds engineering degrees from Cambridge University, Imperial College (London) and Cranfield University. He is a Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. He has served in several non-executive roles including Board member at the Environment Council.

Jonathan Williams

CEO, Marine South East

Hélène Vente

Energy Project Director at the SDEF, France

Gwendal Vonk

Project Manager at SDEF, France