A safe, reliable, economical and sustainable system
Flexens has identified the opportunity to develop and build a full society scale energy system based on renewables on Åland – an island archipelago with ideal wind and solar conditions, an ambitious climate- and energy strategy as well as a population dedicated to sustainability.
Creating the smart renewable energy system of the future is a process of innovating, learning and adapting for all stakeholders. The benefit of demonstrating the system on a full society scale is that the results are directly scalable to other societies.
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.