Funded by the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England Programme, the Intelligent Community Energy project (ICE) aims to design, implement and promote innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories facing issues in terms of efficiency, reliability and sustainability in the Channel area. It has been running since June 2016 and will end in December 2021, but aims to deliver durable impacts beyond its duration.
The project designs and produces an innovative low-carbon energy system (smart grid), able to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission of the territories concerned (50% to 100% compared to a fuel-based system) and secure energy access security.
The project covers the entire energy cycle from production to consumption, exploit local renewable energy sources and integrate new and existing technologies currently at different levels of readiness, in order to deliver a comprehensive innovative solution. In order to validate their feasibility, these solutions will be implemented and tested on real pilot demonstration sites.
The ICE partners have recently extended their assistance and support for isolated territories and especially islands wishing to deploy smart energy solutions for their territories. The project has already performed 25 feasibility studies globally to test the methodology on 4 different European islands (Lundy and the Isles of Scilly in the UK, Molène and Chausey in France) and has implemented specific solutions on the island if Ushant (France).
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The France (Channel) England Programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project is an Euro 8M project which is due to complete in December 2021.