Knoydart Off-grid Hydro Optimisation
Project lead: Knoydart Renewables Ltd
Award Amount: £52,000
Status: Completed March 2016
One of the most isolated communities in mainland Scotland, Knoydart, is only accessible by boat and maintains its own community-owned electricity network; comprising 5 miles of 11kV cable, six LV transformers, a hydro turbine (first installed in 1979) and a backup generator.
Necessity, combined with the autonomy of community ownership, has allowed communities like Knoydart to continue to lead development of smart grid technologies in Scotland. This project has aimed to continue in this vein through building a model for community owned, open-source demand management systems.
This report lays out both what has been achieved in demonstrating such a system, and the potential we see for expansion. It is hoped that this is merely the starting point for further development, in partnership with other communities and non-profit organisations.
Supporting Documents / Output Report(s)