The Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea is looking to become the host for a European pilot project called Eco Grid EU, where renewable energy will account for more than 50% of electricity production. In order to make it happen, the Danish state-owned company which operates the national grid, Energinet.dk, and thirteen other European partners are applying for DKK 112m (USD 20.5m) in funding from the EU, writes professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).
Over the period 2011 to 2014 the Eco Grid EU project will convert the Bornholm electricity system so that 50% of the electricity is generated from renewable energy sources. 10% of all households on Bornholm will be involved in the demonstration project along with all the island's electricity production facilities.
Eco Grid EU will be carried out in collaboration with partners and suppliers with key competences in the area of intelligent energy systems, and will also involve electric cars from the EDISON project which will be tested on Bornhom from autumn 2011.
Besides Energinet.dk, the partners in the project are Sintef Energi (Norway), Østkraft Holding (Denmark), Technical University of Denmark, Siemens (Germany), IBM (Switzerland), EnCT (Germany), Elia System (Belgium), Labein (Spain), AIT (Austria), ECN (Netherlands), Eandis cybe (Belgium), Talinna Tehnikaülikool (Estonia) and Ores (Belgium).