The MAESHA H 2020 project has kicked off on the 20 November 2020.  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.

The project will last  48 months and will demonstrate smart and flexible solutions for a decarbonized energy future in the French island of Mayotte, while other European islands – Wallis and Futuna Islands, St Barthélémy, Canary Islands, Favignana, Gozo – will study the replicability potential.  The Gozo Business Chamber will be representing the island of Gozo.

As a matter of fact, MAESHA will develop an innovative smart platform aggregating multiple flexibility services to the grid that will help to reach up to 70-100% of renewable energies penetration. Beyond the sole electric grid, the partners will seek to create synergies with other networks (heat and cold, transportation, …) and involve local communities especially in Mayotte to ensure the adequation of the envisioned actions with population needs and increase citizen awareness. Although the main demonstration activities are planned to take place in Mayotte, its replicability potential will be studied for 5 other European islands – that represent all in all more than 1.2 million inhabitants – and spread beyond these cases of study through the creation of a user manual for wider replicability and larger impacts.

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.

The Press Release can be found through the following link MAESHA H2020 Project.