SMARTrenew is a project funded under the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014 – 2020 with an allocated budget of €1.6 million. The aim of SMARTrenew is to transfer renewable energy and smart storage solutions to dispersed regions of the NPA. The primary objective of SMARTrenew is to utilise knowledge transfer from partners across the NPA region to improve efficiency and effectiveness of renewable energy sources and implement innovative and sustainable energy storage solutions.

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SMARTrenew will address a range of common territorial challenges across the Northern periphery and Arctic Area.

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Meet SMARTrenew partner, Leo Strawbridge, Energy Manager, Derry City & Strabane District Council.

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The new scheme has been described as gamechanger will allow excess energy to be sold to the National Grid by citizens, businesses and community groups...

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Combined heat and power production (CHP) has been an energy efficient and environmentally friendly way to produce district heating in Finland for...

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Are you looking for ways to keep your kids entertained while also learning about energy efficiency?

Codema, Dublin's Energy Agency, has the answer!


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Ireland had the lowest share of renewable energy use in heating and cooling among the 27 member states in the EU, in 2019.

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The historic Harbour House sandstone building located in Derry City, was built in 1882, and was originally used as the Londonderry Port and Harbour...

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In 2018 Ireland was 27th out of 28 EU countries for progress towards the 2020 overall renewable energy target. Ireland’s low share of RES-H is the...

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Its the last day of the #SMARTrenew #8DaysofRenewableEnergyInsights advent calendar!

Today we share insights from partner region, Ireland.


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2nd and 3rd October 2019

The Second SMARTrenewSteering Group Transnational Meeting will take place on between the 2nd and 3rd of October in Akureyri, Iceland. There the SMARTrenew partners will visit local companies focused on energy, renewables, heating and waste management.

The partners will be discussing potential pilot projects to promote and enhance Smart Renewable usage and help address energy poverty in rural regions.

3rd - 4th April 2018

The first SMARTrenew Steering Committee was hosted by NORUT in the city of Narvik, Norway. The partners received presentations focussed on cold climate research and renewables. Nordkraft presented the challenges with building and operating hydropower and wind farms.

The Norwegian Water resources and Energy Directorate have digitally mapped all rivers to allow modelling of potential power from hydro-power see ( There is potentially a power surplus in northern Norway and some weeks when Norway needs to import energy, especially when rivers supplying hydro power freeze up and wind is low. Norut presented the unique challenges of solar power in northern Norway and some of the innovative technical solutions being adopted including the use of bifacial panels which are less sensitive to high latitudes and dual axis tracking systems. The team also visited LKAB who ship iron ore pellets on a massive scale from Sweden via heavy haul electric train for further processing.