Intelligent Community Energy

Specific Objective Low Carbon Technologies
Project Budget €8,000,062.70
ERDF Amount €5,499,342.93
Duration 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2020 (48 months)


The Intelligent Community Energy project (ICE) aims to design and implement innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories in the France Channel England area.

Isolated communities often face unique energy issues related to efficiency, reliability and sustainability. This is commonly due to dependency on external and fossil fuel energy supply, low electricity grid capacity and limited or no connection to wider grids. As a result isolated communities have higher than average carbon emissions and are more vulnerable to fluctuating fuel prices.

The ICE project will overcome these challenges by producing an innovative low-carbon energy system (Smart Grid) which will cover the entire energy cycle from production to consumption. The project will focus on improving and developing smart solutions for energy production, storage and consumption for remote communities.

The new systems will then be tested on two pilot sites, Ushant Island in France and the University of East Anglia’s campus in the UK (UEA). It is hoped that the system will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions of the communities involved in the project by over 50%.

Lead Partner

Bretagne Developpement Innovation
Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Project Partners

Technopôle Brest-Iroise
Finistère , France
Technopole Quimper-Cornouaille
Finistère , France
Syndicat Départemental d'Energie et d'Equipement du Finistère
Finistère , France
University of East Anglia
Norfolk , England
University of Exeter
Devon, England
University of Plymouth
Devon , England
Marine South East Ltd
Hampshire, England
le Pole Mer Bretagne
Finistère, England