ROBINSON Islands Energy Forum

The ROBINSON Islands Energy Forum brings together key stakeholders from European and local institutions, technology providers and Academia to address together the challenges to decarbonise islands. It will take place on 15 October 2020 from 9 am till 12:30 pm (CEST). Please be aware that participation to this event is on invitation only. 


ROBINSON’s main mission is to develop an integrated energy system to help decarbonise islands with industrial activities. The system, which will be demonstrated on the island of Eigerøy, Norway, couples locally available energy sources, electrical and thermal networks and innovative storage technologies, using hydrogen as energy carrier. In order to achieve the target, innovative technologies will be developed, integrated on the island and managed by a novel Energy Management System (EMS) that will include non-electrical resources such as biomass gasification, wastewater valorisation and industrial symbiosis. More information on ROBINSON available on the CORDIS portal by the European Commission.


                                       15 October 2020 – Agenda 

9:00 – 10:30 Welcome and introduction to the Forum

ROBINSON – Smart integRation Of local energy sources and innovative storage for flexiBle, secure and cost efficIent eNergy Supply ON industrialized islands
Ugo Simeoni, Research & Innovation Manager, ETN

Clean Energy for EU Islands initiative
Jeppe Mikel Jensen, Coordinator, Clean Energy for EU Islands secretariat

NESOI – New Energy Solutions Optimised for Islands
Alessandra Montanelli, Sinloc spa


  10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00 Panel discussion: An integrated approach to decarbonise islands

Chaired by Mark Walker, Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Research Institute – UHI

·       Eigerøy’s strategy towards the decarbonisation
Rolf Andre Leidland, Project Leader, Eigersund Næring og Havn KF

·       Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan
Donnie MacMillan, Plant Manager, Western Isles IWM Facility, Isle of Lewis
Anne Murray, Strategy Officer, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

·       Towards a sustainable and decarbonised Crete
Maria Apostolaki, Environmental Engineer, Region of Crete

Discussion – Challenges and barriers to be overcome to decarbonise islands


  12:00 – 12:30 Conclusion and next steps


Attendance to the webinar is free of charge and on invitation only. The webinar will be organised on Microsoft Teams. Please note that the session will be recorded.

For information on the forum, please contact the ROBINSON coordinator:

Ugo Simeoni, Research & Innovation Manager, ETN – email:


 The ROBINSON project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 957752



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