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Solar Adoption Rise in the 2 Seas

Priority Axis

Low Carbon Technologies

Specific objective

Low Carbon Technologies

Lead partner

University of Picardie Jules Verne

Contact

Begindatum

01/03/2018

Einddatum

31/03/2023

Project budget

4 291 512

ERDF amount

2 574 907

ERDF rate

60%

    Over

    Common challenge

    Solar electricity generation has increased rapidly in recent years. In 2014 it accounted for 11% of EU renewable electricity (Eurostat), becoming the third largest contributor to electricity production from Renewable Energy (RE) sources in Europe. Solar is the most abundant of all RE sources. Yet it is perceived as prohibitively expensive, taking years before investment is returned, and problematic, as the electricity grid infrastructure struggles to cope with the variability of solar energy. There is little deployment of solutions like battery storage with solar photovoltaic that would offer grid balancing to enable solar to scale up.

    Accordingly, solar remains a small part of Europe’s energy system and does not achieve its potential in the 2 Seas area. With high consumer energy prices, there is a common challenge to reduce costs and improve the applicability and efficiency of the technology, resulting in accelerated uptake and wider deployment of solar energy across the Programme area.

    Main Achievements

    During the implementation of the SOLARISE Project, various outstanding achievements have been reached, including:
    The Middelburg Solar Roadmap produced in the framework of the SOLARISE Project has been further elaborated to feed into the Zeeland Regional Energy Strategy and the new Environmental Vision. Furthermore, thanks to the Solarise project, the city has invested in additional innovative solar energy solutions such as the Q-roof system. The project also helped to support municipalities in Flanders to reach their energy transition targets especially 20% final energy consumption from renewable sources and renewable energy production by 2020. Additionally, thanks to the project Ville de Fourmies was also able to install a photovoltaic plant on a curved roof without any initial technical notice. It was therefore able to mobilise the expertise of the technical controller to solve the installation of panels on this type of roof, which will set a precedent for other French projects of this nature. Nect, the BHCC solar installations provided renewable energy to people living in council-owned housing. The residents are often on low, fixed incomes, or vulnerable to ill health and disability. Through the pilots, BHCC was able to offer residents lower energy bills, even in the current period of rapidly rising electricity prices. This is particularly important in improving living standards, while also giving some stability to residents’ finances, and easing anxiety and mental health problems arising from the increased cost of living. Finally, Fourmies and UPJV identified a new project within the Interreg North Sea Programme which already succeeded its first phase application with the opportunity to develop energy community and energy management system together with Fourmies in France and other partners in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium.

    Testimonial

    “The SOLARISE project, co-financed by the Interreg 2 Seas Programme, aimed to accelerate the adoption of solar energy in the northern territories. Certainly, there exists significant potential for harnessing solar energy when considering the utilization of both collective and individual roofs, along with the facades of public or private structures. There is also enormous potential for solar farms which are developing a lot, either for the production and resale of electricity, or for specific industrial applications. Certainly, on the economic level, solar energy contributes to the development of a circular economy and the emergence of a citizen energy community. On an environmental level, solar energy is by definition ecological, as it is a renewable energy and with no CO2 emissions. The results of this project are very promising and enriching, because through a consortium of twelve partners who have complementary profiles, we have been able to touch on the different aspects of solar energy, not only technical but also social and economic”.

    Prof. Ahmed RACHID
    Professor of Control Engineering, University of Picardie Jules Verne

    Partnership

    Partners

    KU Leuven – Technology campus Gent

    Brighton & Hove City Council

    Kamp C

    Enercoop Nord-Pas de Calais - Picardie

    Flux 50

    University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation

    Municipality Zoersel

    City of Middelkerke

    Fourmies City

    Municipality Middelburg

    City of Heerhugowaard

    Outputs

    Output title
    Type
    Target
    URL / Download
    31/03/2023

    SOLARISE

    Thema: Low carbon technologiesEnergy

    SOLARISE implementation in historical buildings and public infrastructure

    Type: Infrastructure/building
    Target: Citizens
    30/06/2022

    SOLARISE

    Thema: Low carbon technologiesEnergy

    SOLARISE implementation in housing

    Type: Infrastructure/building
    Target: Citizens
    31/12/2021

    SOLARISE

    Thema: Low carbon technologiesEnergy

    Living Lab pilots

    Type: Infrastructure/building
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities
    15/12/2021

    SOLARISE

    Thema: Low carbon technologiesEnergy

    Studies of Potential solar projects

    Type: Feasibility study
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities
    30/06/2021

    SOLARISE

    Thema: Low carbon technologiesEnergy

    Roadmap for Solar energy as a premise of Energy Transition Plan

    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities
    30/06/2019

    SOLARISE

    Thema: Low carbon technologiesEnergy

    Guide package on legislation, market, technologies and best practices

    Type: Method/service
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities