The REMOTE project will develop and implement support mechanisms based on existing best practise renewable energy solutions adapted for remote areas and to the scale of sparsely populated areas in the NPP regions. Thereby, REMOTE will promote rural development and support the capacity development of remote communities by providing technology demonstrations, business model examples, training, peer-to-peer support, and community mentoring. REMOTE will also stimulate investments on new demonstration sites, encourage their inclusion to the network, and support technology and knowledge transfer activities. Furthermore, renewable energy tourism in northern periphery region will be developed and promoted and thereby support tourism activities supported by long-lasting open-sources services and products. The unique transnational service menu of REMOTE will have options for industry, decision-makers, community groups etc. REMOTE will strenghten and solidify the contacts of peripheral communities thereby promoting renewable energy sources in the NPP region and supporting local, regional, national and EU policies regarding sustainable energy production. In this way, REMOTE will raise the awareness of the benefits of renewable energy sources and ensure energy security in the Northern Periphery area.
The project aims to build on and expand the products and services already developed in the NPP projects. The Northern Periphery area is unique in regards to; the high number of remote dwellings in rural areas, the availability of unique cultural experiences and events for tourists. A large share of these buildings has either no access to electricity or is depedent on producing energy from fossil fuels. The REMOTE projects aims to provide feasible solutions for renewable energies in remote areas adapted to the scale of sparesely populated areas and communities by providing information, products and services that are easily accessible to all similarly structured communities.
The project, first of all, aims to build social capital and expertise through the developement of the products and the associated services for renewable energy solutions in remote communities at a micro- to medium scale by; utlilizing local renewable energy sources, and combining different sources of renewable energy such as wind, solar and biomass. This offers alternatives for existing solutions and gives options to home owners, communities, tourism operators, entrepreneurs and advisory personell in the regions.
The project builds on lessons learned from earlier projects and is based on large collaboration with different stakeholders from the various renewable energy sources and regions. Products and services will be tailored and promoted widely in order to help implementation of renewable energy plans and business activities in the entire Northern Periphery area. A number of existing renewable energy schemes covering different options and applications will be used as demonstration sites and basis forcapacity building, new investment stimulation and energy tourism development.
Renewable energy solutions can include traditional chopped firewood, micro-scale combined heating and power (CHP) systems, micro-scale district heating networks based on renewables, small scale heating based on forest biomass, wind energy solutions, biogas systems, and hybrid energy systems using heat pumps, solar heat and hydro and photovoltaic systems. Also the combination of existing solutions can be covered which is considered as unique.
In more detail, the main objectives of the project REMOTE are:
1) Promote rural development in the NPP region by
- adaptation of new business models and technology and thus boosting the creation of new local business and jobs
- support private-public partnerships
- promote regional ownership
- promote economic development in the NPP area
- empower local municipalities and communities
- strengthen rural entrepreneurs and SME´s
- promoting technology and know-how transfer between the different NPP areas
2) Promotion of renewable energy sources by
- demonstration of best practises
- promotion of synergies of different energy sources
- developing innovative dissemination tools
- establishing a training for trainers concept with active involvement of local stakeholders and trainers based on existing structures
3) Support of local, regional, national and EU policies regarding sustainable energy production by
- mitigating climate change by limiting CO2 emission
- develop sustainable communities
- promote low carbon renewable energy solutions
4) Create long-lasting open-sources services and products by
- involvement of different stakeholders and end-beneficiaries
- uptake of existing NPP project results
- strong dissemination activities
- promote strong socio-economic scenarios
- promote socially responsible business models
5) Supporting tourism by
- linking best practise renewable energy applications with local cultural and natural sites
- establishing common long-term structures and networks at the demonstration sites
- developing tailor-made tourist services such as the “come, see and think” tours in all partner regions
6) Raising awareness of the benefits of renewable energy sources in the NPP region by
- various dissemination activities
- capacity building
7) Ensuring energy security in the Northern Periphery area by
- promotion and support of best practises across the NPP area
- stimulation of investments into new demonstration sites