● Biofuel: analysis of the viability of using biofuels created using catalytic hydrothermal carbonisation for replacing fossil fuels.
A number of projects have also been implemented to improve the efficiency and flexibility of electricity generation processes, with direct implications for reducing emissions and the consumption of material resources. These include:
● Conava Project: implementation of adaptive expert predictive control systems to optimise combustion and control the steam heat temperature at various generation plants.
● MAYA Project: validation of a system for measuring the composition of carbon on conveyor belts using laser techniques.
● Energy Harvesting Project: validation of an energy capture system for sensor power based on thermoelectric technology.
● Protec: development of new claddings to protect boiler pipes against corrosion at high temperatures and erosion.
● COAT: validation of new paints with microparticles for use as thin thermal and acoustic insulators.
● DEMFORE: development of a system for the prediction of photovoltaic ramps to improve the management of thermal generation. Application on the island of Tenerife.
● ACTS Project: advanced systems for increasing people’s intrinsic safety. LEAKS: visual detection of gas leaks through the use of adapted thermographic cameras.
● Leaks: visual detection of gas leaks through the use of adapted thermographic cameras.
● Digital access control and on-line monitoring system for restricted or high-risk areas.
● Active Safety System: a device for detecting people close to areas where work using machinery is under way so as to avoid people being run over.
● Thermoelectrika: validation of a system for the early detection of hot spots that generate fires.
● Brains: development of an artificial vision system to detect unsafe behaviours in industrial plants and areas under construction.
● Exoskeleton: the use of an exoskeleton to reduce fatigue during activities in the field with high physical wear.
In the area of energy storage, important innovative projects are being developed both in the area of batteries, with the largest facility of this kind in Spain, and other types of storage solutions. We can highlight the following projects:
● Almería Coastal Battery: a facility based on lithium-ion batteries with 20 MW of power and 11.7 MWh of stored energy, the largest facility of this type in Spain. The facility will allow the Carboneras Thermal Power Station (Almería) to adapt to the needs of the electricity system without altering its generation rate.