28 projects have been selected for the energy transition of the European islands by the NESOI Consortium, of which the Italian company Sinloc is the coordinator and leader.
These are projects "that will guarantee clean energy for large and small islands, which will avoid the emission of 300 thousand tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere per year, will guarantee a saving of energy produced equal to 541,5 Gigawatts per year and will generate total about one billion investments ".
The studios are the winners of a tender launched by Nesoi (New Energy Solutions Optimized for Islands), which has received 117 applications from 14 European countries. The 28 selected will receive a total of 3,2 million, partly in technical, financial and legal assistance and partly in the form of financial aid for the plans.
Among these islands Italy is well represented. The winners were in fact Sicily, with Catania, Messina, Lipari and Salina and Sardinia, with Cagliari and Carloforte, on the island of San Pietro.
In Sicily, Catania focuses on the conversion of the bus fleet, with electric vehicles and passing from diesel to methane on other vehicles.
Messina will see a rationalization of the energy consumption of the port, with electrified docks, the implementation of renewable energy sources, from photovoltaics and tides and LNG storage plant.
In Lipari, the aim is to reactivate the photovoltaic system of Monte S. Angelo, one of the largest of the small islands in the Mediterranean, and to double its power, even with the purchase of a new area.
Finally, in Salina, the focus is on the creation of an energy community, capable of ensuring many families the economic and energy benefits deriving from the sharing of photovoltaic systems and “smart” electricity networks.
In Sardinia, Cagliari proposes a study that will see 40 school buildings be the pivot of as many energy communities, which will satisfy both environmental and social expectations, with families in economic difficulty helped to cope with energy costs.
Carloforte, on the other hand, intends to activate the pumping plant on the island of San Pietro, which will convey the water into an artificial reservoir capable of producing hydroelectric energy.