The ROBINSON project has specific technological, socio-economic and environmental objectives. Every aspect of ROBINSON is structured so to help islands achieve their decarbonisation goals. In the meanwhile, ROBINSON supports islands and Europe by contributing to Europe’s technological advancement, improving quality of life, protecting the environment, and being cost-competitive and market-ready.
ROBINSON will develop an EMS considering electrical and thermal needs, weather forecast, electricity cost, demand-side response and market functions to minimize the system operation. Digital and cybersecurity technologies will be integrated for anomaly detection, interoperability, integrity and traceability of the collected data.
Development, integration and demonstration of a 400 kWel flexible gas turbine-based Combined Heat and Power unit (CHP) for extended fuel flexibility to run on syngas, bio-methane and green hydrogen also used as innovative energy storage.
Development, integration and demonstration of an Anaerobic Digestion system assisted by a BioElectrochemical unit (AD+BES) enabling conversion of liquid waste from fish industry into biomethane to be used as fuel.
The integrated ROBINSON system, including the novel technologies and the validated EMS software, will be demonstrated on the island of Eigerøy (Norway). Eigerøy’s existing infrastructure and pre-installed technologies will be integrated and combined with new technologies to allow energy balancing and storage for different time scales.
The objective of ROBINSON will be to prove that, once fully operational, it will enable a 100% coverage of the current and future energy demand of the demonstrating island with non-fossil resources and associated technologies.
ROBINSON aims at having a significant impact on human health and environment by increasing the share of RES sources in the power and heat generation and enabling sectorial integration and industrial symbiosis.
The ROBINSON concept will be cost-competitive when benchmarked with potential alternative technologies and will provide the required operational flexibility meeting industrial and residential energy demand.
The deployment of the ROBINSON system will allow islands to reduce their levelized cost of electricity by maximising the use of RES and avoid expensive infrastructure costs of the transmission grid.
In close collaboration with local communities and with other European actors ROBINSON will demonstrate the replicability of the system on the two followers islands, while ensuring a wider dissemination of the project.