SMILE @Orkney aims to demonstrate how connecting smart domestic storage devices to an intelligent energy platform can optimise the efficiency and decarbonisation of the local grid. In this case, through maximising energy production from onshore wind turbines and preventing surplus energy going to waste through curtailment.
Orkney has some of the highest recorded levels of ‘fuel poverty’ in the UK. The Islands are one of the windiest locations in the UK, and consequently offer huge potential for wind generation. More often than not, the wind turbines create too much energy for the capacity of the island and the interconnector to the mainland. Therefore, at times of strong winds, the turbines are switched off and wind generation is curtailed, resulting in a loss of valuable renewable energy.