‘Smart energy’ grid project launched on Orkney

9 April 2019

A UK government funded project has been launched on  Orkney to create a “smart energy” scheme using domestic batteries and electric vehicles to meet supply with demand and balance out the local network.

Orkney has been chosen as a “test bed for the energy system of the future” due to the island's high take-up of micro-generation. The £28.5m project aims to make electricity cheaper, remove the need for fossil fuels and build local resilience.

"These smart systems are a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy and will provide cheaper, greener and more flexible access to energy for everyone" said UK Energy Minister, Claire Perry.

Read the article by kevin Keane, BBC Scotland's Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs correspondent, here.