Gozo Business Chamber participates in MAESHA H2020 project

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The Gozo Business Chamber will be representing Gozo on the MAESHA H2020 project which will last 48 months and has a budget of €11.8 million.

The project is aimed at demonstrating the solutions for a decarbonized energy future in the island of Mayotte, France, while other European islands – Wallis and Futuna Islands, St Barthélémy, Canary Islands, Favignana, Gozo – will study the replicability potential.

MAESHA was kicked off in November 2020 with the objective to integrate a large share of renewable energy systems (RES) through the development and installation of custom-made flexibility services. Led by Technische Universität Berlin, the project will enable a higher energy independence, a better security of supply and better grid stability on these islands while reducing the costs of energy for households.

Professor Boris Heinz, Chair of the Energy Systems group at TU Berlin and Coordinator of the MAESHA project, will present the initiative at the Greening the Islands e_Convention, on November 27.

MAESHA is the acronym for “deMonstration of smArt and flExible solutions for a decarboniSed energy future in Mayotte and other European islAnds”, but also means “future” in Shimaore, the local dialect of the French island of Mayotte that will host the demonstration site.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Gozo Business Chamber said that MAESHA will develop an innovative smart platform aggregating multiple flexibility services to the grid that will help to reach up to 70-100% of energy production from renewables.

“Climate change is present and it is affecting our environment, our economies and our social lives” says Prof. Boris Heinz. “

The most vulnerable part of our European community are the rural, especially geographical island inhabitants. Energy is not only key to address climate change mitigation – as the energy sector is responsible for approximately 80% of the GHG emission of the European Union – but also sine qua non for any economic, cultural and social development. That’s why we at MAESHA are joining forces and competences to fight climate change on the most challenging front, the energy system of the remote island of Mayotte. Apart from interesting technical and social challenges, Mayotte is the ideal symbol and platform for our efforts: we will not only overcome the geographical distance to the European mainland, but we will even put Mayotte at the heart of our project, in order to show that even the most distant peripheral groups are part of us Europeans and that together we will create our common future,” he said.

MAESHA is funded under the EU Horizon 2020 research programme under the grant 957843 from November 2020 until October 2024. It gathers two universities (TU Berlin, Association Léonard de Vinci), ten SMEs (Trialog, E3-Modelling, Cybergrid, Tecsol, Creara, Bovlabs, Hive Power, Hudara, Greening The Islands, Euroquality), three industrial partners (Cobra, Centrica, Electricité de Mayotte), and six public organisations (Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands, Collectivité de St Barthélémy, Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, Comune di Favignana, Gozo business chamber association, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions) from nine countries. This diversity of actors will ensure the development and dissemination of relevant solutions for a universally beneficial energy transition of islands.