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Innovation in distribution

New technologies for energy efficiency

Smart grids facilitate better integration of renewable and distributed generation into the electricity system.

Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainable development goals

SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Innovation is one of the pillars for addressing the challenges of the future of energy. At Endesa we are investing resources and developing research projects and initiatives with the aim of improving the processes related with the distribution network.

There are four action areas with the following projects:

Digitalisation of distribution grids

The digitalisation of activities related with distribution networks is a key factor in making the company’s processes more efficient.

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NDT - Network Digital Twin

Highly computerised digital replication of physical assets and their management, development and maintenance processes. In 2020, we have launched the 3D modelling system, collected information in the area of Malaga and Barcelona and run the first tests with augmented and virtual reality glasses.

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DIGI&N Iberia

Global programme for the digital transformation of all Enel Infrastructure and Network processes, through disruptive efficiency, agile operational model and state-of-the-art convergence. During 2020, 47 initiatives have been devised and implemented.

Smart grid and smart city projects

Their aim is to enable grids to offer an effective response to their users’ needs.

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Smartcity Malaga

Ten years being the stage of innovation projects. This Living Lab hosts one of the demo regions of the European project COORDINET, focused on equipping the distribution grid with flexibility.

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Preventive analysis of intelligent networks with real time operation and integration of renewable assets project and a complementary project to the Monitoring and Advanced Control of Medium and Low Voltage Distribution Networks Project.

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Focused on the evaluation of the effects of climate change on the functioning of essential city services such as water or energy.

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A predictive maintenance project that monitors the temperature of cable connectors in medium voltage cabins of substations to detect faults.

Flexibility projects

Projects like Smartnet and Coordinet aim to investigate and demonstrate the possibilities of network flexibility and its advantages.

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Improves the efficiency and stability of the electricity grid, making use of the flexibility offered by the new role played by consumers, who are now also producers of energy using collaborative models.

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Characterised by the potential for flexibility offered by large-scale low-voltage micro-grids and the new services based on access to almost-real-time data from meters for all the players in the European electricity market.

Projects and proofs of concept for network innovation

The control of electrical substations and access to remotely controlled facilities are some of the concept projects that we are carrying out in the area of network innovation.

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Standardisation-Security-Synchronisation Connected Substation - “3S-CS”

Development of an integral system to control electricity substations based on IEC61850, with wireless and “IoT” capability.

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Development of central technology modules and an integrated aerial cognitive robotic system that will have great capabilities in the range of operation and safety in interaction with people.

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A 4-branch full-bridge low-voltage STATCOM converter to correct the load imbalance between phases that causes the appearance of homopolar currents, additional losses in the network or load malfunctions.

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I'm in

A change of procedure for access to remotely controlled facilities; switching from a telephone call-based procedure to an app-based system.

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Uses the same platform as the “I'm in” project, incorporating the functionality of access on demand control through the use of a smart padlock and key.

Our projects about smart grids

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