REMOTE, to bring renewable energy to isolated areas
With the REMOTE project it will be possible to store clean and renewable energy to be used in isolated areas, islands or areas that have little access to infrastructure and the main communication routes. In islands alone, there are more than 750 million people living in over 10,000 islands, often forced to use diesel, with a considerable environmental impact.
However, renewable sources can give rise to problems in terms of continuity of service. This issue can be solved with energy storage solutions that are energy dense, cost-effective and reliable, able to ensure uninterrupted power supplies.
REMOTE, a project coordinated by POLITO and carried out together with 10 European partners, is funded by Horizon 2020 and aims to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of energy storage systems, veritable storage batteries.
For the implementation of the project, 4 experimental stations are being set up, powered by renewable sources, located in Piedmont (Ambornetti, on the slopes of Monviso), Sicily, (Ginostra, on the island of Stromboli), Greece (Agkistro, in the Serres region), and Norway (Froan Island, in the Norwegian Sea). The 4 sites were chosen to test a mix of renewable sources in very different environments and contexts of use.
In addition, the experience gained through REMOTE in isolated and off-grid remote areas will pave the way for the implementation of energy hydrogen-based storage solutions at large scale.
REMOTE is carried out by POLITO in collaboration with Ballard Power Systems Europe, Hydrogenics Europe, Powidian, Enel Green Power, Orizwn, IRIS, Tronderenergi, SINTEF, EPS ELVI Energy, CERTH - Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis.