Malta pilot: Gozo island solution

PART OF PEGASUS PROJECT

The pilot is addressed to investigate a grid-connected community micro-grid model which represents small municipalities. Analysis and prediction of energy requirements would allow the micro-grid to be disconnected from the main grid (islanding) in case of main grid failure. Energy monitoring started in November 2017, with measurements being taken every minute.

The Malta pilot site is located on the island of Gozo and consists of 15 public and private buildings, with both consumers and prosumers profiles. The pilot is characterised by the following buildings: the Ministry for Gozo (1 large PV system 108 kWp – 166 MWh annual electricity generated)), the San Lawrenz Local Council (Prosumer with 1 PV system of 34.5 kWp –50 MWh annual electricity generated), 1 small office/commercial building and 12 residential households (7 consumers, 5 prosumers for a total of 22 MWh annual electricity generated). MIEMA consulted different business models considering technical and financial aspects.

The pilot is addressed to investigate a grid-connected community micro-grid model which represents small municipalities. Analysis and prediction of energy requirements would allow the micro-grid to be disconnected from the main grid (islanding) in case of main grid failure. Energy monitoring started in November 2017, with measurements being taken every minute.

The main objective of the Malta pilot is to simulate a micro-grid operation, including storage systems and different feed-in electricity tariffs. The micro-grid model also aims to reduce the costs of energy for the micro-grid community members, to provide a more reliable energy supply by using renewable sources (possibly in conjunction with energy storage) and to reduce losses in upstream distribution network.

Learn more about the PEGASUS project HERE