Welcome to the world of smart cities. Renault has announced that it has partnered with EEM to create a “smart island” in Porto Santo, Portugal.

EEM (Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira) is a producer, transporter and distributor of energy in the Portuguese islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.

Renault and EEM have signed a partnership to strengthen the energy independence of the island of Porto Santo and promote its production of renewable energy .

The project started in 2018 and should last 18 months. It is part of a program affecting Porto Santo, called Smart Fossil Free Island, which is implemented by the regional government of Madeira .

In concrete terms, this project relies on electric vehicles , second-life batteries, smart charging and reversible charging. It has three parts.

“At first, 20 volunteer residents of Porto Santo will drive 14 Zoé and 6 Kangoo ZE for their daily use. These vehicles will be able to load smartly (” smartcharging”)) thanks to the 40 connected, private or public charging terminals installed by EEM and Renault on the island.

By the end of the year, vehicles will go even further in their interaction with the grid and will be able to restore electricity during peak consumption. In addition to charging intelligently, electric vehicles can also serve as temporary energy storage units.

In addition, second-life batteries from Renault’s electric vehicles are used to store the intermittent energy produced by the solar power plants and wind turbines of Porto Santo.

Stored as soon as it is produced, this energy is injected into the grid for local needs. Part of these batteries come from the island of Madeira, “says the statement of the manufacturer.

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