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Innovation in distribution

New technologies for energy efficiency

We are promoting research projects to improve the processes related with the distribution network and its integration with the smart city.

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.

NDT - Network Digital Twin

Highly computerised, digital replica of physical assets and their management, development and maintenance processes.

DIGI&N Iberia

A global programme for the digital transformation of all ENEL infrastructure and network processes through disruptive efficiency, an agile operational model and the convergence of cutting-edge technology.

Smart grid and smart city projects

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

Smartcity Malaga

In 2019 Smartcity Malaga celebrated 9 years since its launch. Also, the “Smartcity Málaga Living Lab” is still certified in the European Network of Living Labs (“ENoLL”).

PASTORA and MONICA

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.

Resccue

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

Growsmarter

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.

Smartnet

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.

Flexiciency

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.

Coordinet

Creation of a European energy platform to open the market to consumers, taking advantage of the flexibility that small generators and demand can give to the system to improve the stability of the network.

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.

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

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

Aerial-Core

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.

Reset

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.

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.

Open&me

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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