Endesa is working on a project to upgrade its power supply system in Barcelona where it will roll out a cutting-edge smart grid offering greater savings and more efficient and sustainable management. This will prepare the city for the energy model of the future, based on values which afford economic and social progress. Total investment in this new SmartCity project is estimated to be over Euro 100 million.
The scheme, which is backed by the Barcelona City Council’s urban planning and economic development department and involves various energy technology companies, aims to establish a new power model which is better adapted to the current and future needs of society, seeking greater energy efficiency and more sustainable development in the city. This proposal has been designed whereby these concepts can be applied by the company and customers themselves as they will have greater control and management over their consumption.
To this end, Endesa will install various new power distribution technologies, which have been widely used in Enel's network in Italy for 10 years and are specifically designed for this purpose. First of all the company will install over one million new, cutting-edge smart meters throughout the city providing customers with greater knowledge about their consumption and allowing them to optimise their energy use. These systems will help customers adapt and plan their consumption, leading to greater savings as well as helping reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 or NOx.
In order to make the system easier to operate (which is necessary before applying the changes designed based on the data obtained from the smart meters), new cutting-edge smart grids will be rolled out.
A solar-powered pavilion. The Smartcity Barcelona Control Centre is an innovative solar-powered building designed by Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña and developed by Visoren. The 154 m2 pavilion is transparent, light and portable. It has a modular structure with laminated wood entrances and a photovoltaic roof. In addition to an average daily consumption of 20 kwh and an estimated output of 100 kwh.