Since the beginning of the year, The Mobility House, a leading technology company in Europe, has been working together with Groupe Renault and Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (EEM) on the “Sustainable Porto Santo – Smart Fossil Free Island” project on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo near Madeira.
The small island is the perfect environment for implementing and developing The Mobility House technology and perfecting the interaction between energy producers and consumers with the aim of creating a reliable power grid and reducing the need for cost-intensive grid expansions.
How is the technology being used?
During the various phases of the project, The Mobility House is ensuring the intelligent integration of unidirectional and bidirectional electric vehicles and small, stationary storage devices made of second-life vehicle batteries into the local power grid of energy supplier EEM. A software developed by The Mobility House is aiding the aggregation of existing energy flexibilities on the island, enabling targeted battery charging and discharging as well as vehicle-to-grid applications. By promoting electric mobility and the targeted use of storage systems, Porto Santo is well on its way to becoming the world’s first CO2-free island. This desire to be free of CO2 not only has a positive effect on the environment, it also improves economic and social sustainability and the quality of life of the islanders.
“Through controlled and monitored charging processes, EEM’s requirements for more or less demand can be met in real time, ensuring a more cost-effective and stabilised power grid. This benefits not only the local energy provider, but all islanders,” says Thomas Raffeiner, founder and CEO of The Mobility House. “We are delighted that for the first time we are able to control unidirectional and bidirectional electric vehicles together with storage devices via a central, intelligent aggregation platform as part of this project,” says Raffeiner.
Green light: Handing over the electric cars to the islanders
At the beginning of June, 20 Renault electric cars were handed over to public institutions (e.g. police), private companies (e.g. taxi drivers) and private individuals so that they could be tested against the everyday mobility needs of the islanders. About half of all vehicles change hands every two months to ensure that the experience is shared by as many users as possible. Each of the 40 charging stations is equipped with a controller from The Mobility House and an internet connection to enable intelligent charging and monitoring of the charging processes. Using this technology, The Mobility House can remotely control and monitor the charging of the electric cars. This system could be reproduced on other islands or in cities.