Hitachi are to develop an innovative IoT (Internet of Things) platform in Scilly along with UK home energy leaders Moixa and PassivSystems. This will support a Smart Islands Programme to deliver social innovation and build a new replicable model for a low carbon community.
The aim is to unlock and balance renewable energy generation, making 100 homes more energy efficient and supporting 200 businesses in Isles of Scilly and in Cornwall, whilst reducing fuel poverty through the use of innovative technologies.
The Smart Energy Islands (SEI) project, part financed by £8.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund, will lay the foundations for the wider Smart Islands programme, which aims by 2025 to cut electricity bills by 40%, meet 40% of energy demand through renewables, and see 40% of vehicles being electric or low-carbon.
Amanda Martin, Chairman of the Council of Isles of Scilly, commented: “The Council of the Isles of Scilly, on behalf of the Smart Islands Partnership, welcomes the commencement of the Smart Energy Islands project, which will underpin the Smart Islands programme in Scilly. Smart Islands aims to deliver the Isles of Scilly’s main infrastructure and energy requirements in a sustainable and affordable way, whilst providing social benefits such as skills training and innovative healthcare solutions.”
Will spoke to Councillor Steve Sims to find out more. You can hear the full interview below.