The NINES project is led by Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD), the owner and operator of the energy distribution network in Shetland, and has attracted £34m funding from Ofgem, DECC and Hjaltland Housing Association to install and trial new technologies. As part of wider plans for Shetland, NINES is scheduled to last from November 2011 to the end of December 2016.

During the first phase of the project a necessary infrastructure is being implemented to enable active management of energy demand, generation and energy storage assets. This will help to achieve objectives of reducing energy demand and energy production by fossil fuels. The next phase of the project will see an upgrade or replacement of Lerwick Power Station depending on the lessons learned from the first phase.

The NINES project consists various elements energy storage, including the installation of the Quantum Smart Electric Thermal Storage System in 230 homes for demand side management purposes.