The ReFLEX (Responsive Flexibility) Orkney project will demonstrate a first-of-its-kind Integrated Energy System (IES), interlinking local electricity, transport and heat networks into one system. The project aims to create a ‘smart energy island’, demonstrating the energy system of the future, which will reduce and eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuels.
ReFLEX Orkney will prove how a system that generates more electricity from renewables than the local grid can cope with can be optimised locally to make the most of that resource; a set of circumstances that other parts of the world are very likely to face in the future as the cost of renewables plummets. An AI-based virtual energy system platform will be installed that optimises supply and demand across heat, power and mobility by micro-trading of the flexibility available in heat pumps, heat storage, batteries, electric vehicle charging and hydrogen production for ferries and buses across the Orkney Islands.
The latest news on ReFLEX Orkney is available here.