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Isolated Communities Get Energy Boost Thanks To Innovative Smart Solutions

The ICE (Intelligent Community Energy) project, lead by Bretagne Developpement Innovation, partners nine organisations to tackle the challenge of energy vulnerability in areas located at the end of the distribution network and reliant on fossil fuels.


Isolated communities often face unique energy issues pertaining 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 susceptible to fluctuating fuel prices.

ICE aims to overcome these challenges through the production of an innovative low-carbon energy system (Smart Grid) covering the entire energy cycle from production to consumption.
The project is being 69% funded by the Interreg France (Channel) England programme, representing a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) budget of 5.5 million Euros.

ICE is set to focus on improving and developing smart solutions for energy production, storage and consumption for remote communities which will then be shared as a business model at the end of the project.

These new systems will 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 the system will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the communities involved by more than 50%.

ICE unites the following organisations: Bretagne Developpement Innovation (lead partner), Technopole Brest Iroise, Pole Mer Bretagne, Technopole Quimper Cornouaille, Syndicat Départemental de l’Energie du Finistère, Exeter University, Plymouth University, Marine South East and the University of East Anglia.

Following the conclusion of this project, these new solutions are to be included in a full commercial offer that will be proposed to other insular or peripheral territories facing similar energy challenges, in the Channel area and beyond.


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