INSULAE project advances the process of decarbonizing the European islands. The progress made was presented last April in the first General Assembly which was held online due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Great technical and business development progress has been made during the first 12 months of the project in the interlinked parallel streams of the Investment Planning Tool and the 3 Island demonstrators in Bornholm (Denmark), Unije (Croatia) and Madeira (Portugal). The background work is in place on the seven use cases for a successful start to the demonstrators on the 3 lighthouse islands over the next six months.
Despite being online, the event, organized by CIRCE, was very well attended, with more than 40 people attending the meeting. Status reports on the progress made over the last 6 months were provided by the sub group leaders in the consortium. These reports extended from business case development and dissemination activities; to the technical details of the seven user cases to be developed on the 3 lighthouse islands; and the investment planning tool software to help the results extend to other island communities.
The plan for the next six months was also laid out. The project is on track to achieve the envisaged decarbonisation and other gains for island energy communities with an investment planning tool and 7 technical use cases that should be easy for other islands to follow.