Smart Energy Åland
A society scale demo of an energy system running on renewables
The energy transition requires a place where to pilot and demonstrate a fully renewable energy system which is sustainable both technically and economically. Flexens has identified the opportunity to develop and build a full society scale energy system based on renewables on Åland – an island with ideal wind and solar conditions, an ambitious climate- and energy strategy as well as a population dedicated to sustainability.
The area will become a unique place for companies to test new energy solutions, and it will also act as a reference for the Finnish export industry. In addition, it can provide a unique piloting platform attracting international investments, operators and technology providers.
Smart Energy Åland is a a public – private – people partnership.
A demo created through a collaborative effort
For each subsystem in the demo a working group of companies, universities and public sector agencies have collaborated to review the available and future technologies. Investment plans for each subsystem are in preparation.
Flexens will be managing the interdependencies between subsystems – the renewables integration challenge.
To create a cost efficient energy system the integration must comprise all major subsystems – electricity, heating/cooling and transportation. Key elements in the system are the ability to integrate decentralised production of renewable energy and to control simultaneous fluctuations in demand and production. It is also important to allow consumers to operate actively as part of the system.
The unique features of the demo
Full society scale
The demo is operating in a deregulated environment connected to the efficient Nordpool market. All results are applicable to large markets.
Adopting future EU regulation
Current and future market models enabling investments in flexibility sources in focus.
Location in the tempered climate zone
Heating and cooling is a central part of the energy mix.
A platform supporting open innovation
Cooperation with leading R&D&I operator.
Smart Energy Åland – key goals and priorities
- To demonstrate a society based on 100% renewable electricity Flexens will work actively to promote further investments in renewable generation capacity and decarbonising the heating and transportation systems. The basis for successful renewables integration in an open and competitive market is a flexibility trading platform – this demo will be high on the agenda.
- The success of the demo will depend on citizen engagement and promotion of the prosumer concept. Cost efficiency and affordability of the implemented technologies is in focus.
- The demo will include technology piloting with focus on storage technologies and new digital services.
- The demo is also a platform to develop new business ventures.