The Scottish government has pledged £1.2 million in funding toward a new smart control energy system that will connect wind generated energy to home heating systems.[quote] Through its Local Energy Fund, the Scottish government has given the money to the Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust (REWDT) for its smart energy project - 'Heat Smart Orkney'.
The scheme will be trialed by 100 residents in the Orkney Islands. The scheme will redirect excess renewable electricity that cannot be fed into the grid, from wind turbines to newly installed heating devices in their homes. [Scotland builds UK’s first digital substation in Wishaw]
Project manager at the Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Development Trust (REWDT) said that Orkney has Scotland’s highest fuel poverty levels and the power grid has to be curtailed.
This results in the community-owned turbine in Rousay being turned off.
Koster said: “Providing the ability to divert otherwise curtailed energy into secondary heating devices installed in homes seems an obvious solution.”
Smart energy system
The energy efficient heating devices installed in the home are linked to a cloud control centre and the cloud control centre is switched on when the turbine receives a curtailment signal.
The heating devices and the excess electricity used by the devices will be recorded on a meter and a rebate paid to the owner of the house from the additional income received by the turbine.
The funding is reported to form part of the Scottish government’s wider aim to develop local energy systems. [Scotland needs innovative smart energy, says Carbon Trust]
The government has already awarded over £10 million to support nine large-scale, low-carbon energy projects across the country.
UK utility SSE and the University of Edinburgh are said to have found that a combined heat and power (CHP)-based district heating network in Scotland has led to significant reductions in energy costs for poorer residents.
The heat network was installed at the 1800-home Wyndford Estate social housing complex in Glasgow in 2013.
Vital Energi Project Manager, David Raley, said: “The Wyndford project’s biggest success is demonstrating how retrofit projects in social housing help alleviate fuel poverty.”