ACCESS stands for ‘Assisting Communities to Connect to Electric Sustainable Sources’. It is a two year demonstration project to test whether new electric heating systems can be used to accurately track the output of a variable renewable generator, such as a run of river hydro scheme or wind turbine.
ACCESS was awarded funding by the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund.
This technology could be used to allow generators to connect to areas of the electricity network that would otherwise involve very high cost connections or long term delays. It simultaneously offers the opportunity to supply that energy, as heat, directly to local users.
The target for the trial is to install new electric heating systems and intelligent controls in to approximately 100 households, and two small businesses, across Mull.
More information on : http://www.accessproject.org.uk/