R&D Nester in the kick-off of project GIFT – “Geographical Islands Flexibility”


The Kick-off meeting of the project GIFT - "Geographical Islands Flexibility" occurred on January 31 and February 1, 2019.

R&D Nester participates as leader of the Work Package on electricity, heating/cooling and transportation networks' synergies through multi-service multi-vector energy storage solutions.
The GIFT project is an Innovation Action awarded for funding by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme.

GIFT aims at decarbonise the energy mix of European islands through multiple innovative solutions, such as a virtual power system, energy management systems for harbours, factories and homes, better prediction of supply and demand and visualisation through a GIS platform, as well as innovative storage systems, allowing synergy between electrical, heating and transportation networks.

During 4 years, the partners will develop and demonstrate the solutions in two lighthouse islands, in Hinnøya, Norway's largest island and the small island of Procida in Italy. The project will also study the replicability of the solutions, at least, in Evia (Greece) and in Favignana (Italy). The GIFT project has started to build a Replication Board with associations that already gather 1640 European islands able to study the replication of the solutions into their territories. 

The consortium gathers 17 partners from 7 countries, including 1 industrial partner, 9 SMEs, two municipalities, 3 research centres and 2 universities with the aim to provide sustainable solutions with a strong market uptake and plans to widely disseminate their solutions and replicate it on EU islands and beyond.

The project provides the possibility to apply and further develop the knowledge in flexibility management in the electric system, in the operation and management of storage system, in the usage of Demand Side Management and the integration of all these aspects in an electric system.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824410

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