The world-first smart island programme will use EVs, second-life batteries, smart charging and V2G solutions in Madeira’s Porto Santo
The government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira is to roll out a new energy programme in Porto Santo, known as Sustainable Porto Santo – Smart Fossil Free Island, to encourage a transition towards more low-carbon sources. EEM Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, SA, which is in charge of the programme’s energy and electric mobility, has chosen Groupe Renault as its partner for electric mobility solutions.
Groupe Renault, EEM and their partners have been working since the beginning of the year on this project, which is expected to last 18 months.
“We are delighted to be teaming up with EEM and Madeira Regional Government today to establish this unprecedented smart electric ecosystem which demonstrates to what extent the electric revolution is changing our everyday lives beyond just transport. Our aim is to build a model that can be carried over to other islands, eco-districts and cities, while consistently striving to achieve large-scale rollout of electric mobility solutions that are affordable for all,” said Eric Feunteun, Electric Vehicles and New Business Programme Director.
For the design of this ecosystem, Groupe Renault’s input will focus on both its electric vehicles and associated solutions. The project comprises three complementary phases. First, 20 volunteer users in Porto Santo will drive 14 ZOEs and 6 Kangoo Z.E.s for their everyday use. These vehicles will be able to benefit from smart charging thanks to the 40 connected public and private charging points set up by EEM and Renault on the island.
Second, by the end of 2018, the vehicles will provide vehicle-to-grid (V2G) backup services during peak hours. In addition to being smart charged, the electric vehicles will therefore also serve as temporary energy storage units.
Third, second-life batteries from Renault EVs will be used to store the fluctuating supply of energy produced by Porto Santo’s solar and wind farms. Stored as soon as it is produced, this energy is recovered by the grid as and when needed to meet local demand. Some of these batteries come from Madeira Island.
Renault recently confirmed that the 2018 model ZOE would retain its 41kWh battery pack and benefit from a new R110 motor, with 12 kW more output than its predecessor. Order books will open in March 2018, with deliveries beginning in the summer.