European project ISLANDER

Decarbonisation of European islands through smart energy management and use of local flexibility options

ISLANDER builds strongly on the NETfficient project, which developed between 2015 and 2019 an energy platform that integrates different storage technologies and renewable energies. Since then, Borkum has set itself the ambitious goal of becoming emission-free by 2030 and has been particularly working on hydrogen production and storage within the Interreg project H2WATT. Therefore, the ISLANDER project now focuses on a roadmap for a complete decarbonisation of the island.

ISLANDER aims at developing an even more integrated and efficient central energy management platform to manage the various energy assets and balance fluctuations between generation and demand using local flexibility options such as storage technologies and demand response. In addition, an innovative concept for heat supply based on a seawater-powered heat pump and a heat storage tank will be implemented in a newly built district close to the port of Borkum. A large hydrogen storage tank will also be deployed. This should set the course for the creation of a largely carbon-free energy system on the island of Borkum by 2030.

ISLANDER aims to replicate its results to the widest possible adopters. To do so, the project entails a 3-step replication strategy along with the dissemination measures required to support it:

  • First step replication in Follower Islands in Great Britain, Greece, and Croatia
  • Second step replication in the related archipelagos
  • Third step replication in other EU islands by means of the cooperation with the European Islands initiatives

As project partner, SEZ is responsible for communication, dissemination and exploitation of the project results. SEZ will also support Borkum’s decarbonisation plan and the transition towards a carbon-free energy system through the creation of a Renewable Energy Community.

ISLANDER is supported under the “societal challenge of building a low-carbon, climate resilient future" within the European Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020. The European Commission is co-funding the project with nearly € 7 million. The consortium is composed of 11 industrial and research partners from 7 European countries. The project is led by Ayesa Advanced Technologies S.A. from Spain.

Further partners are: IDENER Research & Development, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum, Nordseeheilbad Borkum GmbH, ZIGOR Research and Development AIE, CEGASA Energia S.L.U., Planète OUI, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the Network of Sustainable Greek Islands (DAFNI) and Regionalna Energetska Agencija Kvarner.

Project duration: 09/2020 – 08/2024

Participating countries: Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Spain

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