PASTORA, artificial intelligence in the distribution grid

“The aim of this project is to try and anticipate any type of incident that may occur on the grid, based on all of the knowledge big data offers”

– Susana Carillo Aparicio, Director of the PASTORA project

Smartcity Málaga Living Lab, home to innovation

PASTORA, which stands for Preventive Analysis of Smart Grids with Real Time Operation and Renewable Assets Integration, is run at the Smartcity Málaga Living Lab, an ecosystem for innovation which brings together all of the technologies of smart grids in a real environment. It was also the home of the MONICA project, which also focused on automating the electric grid, yielding conclusions which have served as a starting point to progress in the predictive maintenance of the distribution grid.

“This is a true laboratory: we have 37 transformation centres monitored by Endesa systems to service real clients, allowing us to draw conclusions”

– Javier Leiva Rojo, Project Manager for the PASTORA project

Map of Smartcity Málaga Living Lab

Thanks to the millions of data the new smart grid offers us, we are going to develop predictive models to anticipate how the network will behave and, in that way, improve their functioning. This will facilitate the integration of renewable energies and electric vehicles, and it will also allow to anticipate where incidents may occur, to optimise grid maintenance and investments.

This project — a new step in the digitalisation of the distribution grid — is being run with a consortium which includes Ayesa Advanced Technologies, Ormazabal Media Tensión, Ingelectus Innovative Electrical Solutions, AICIA (a research association linked to the University of Seville) and the University of Granada. It manages a budget of 2.8 million euros, partially funded by CDTI, the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology, supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and co-financed by the European Union through ERDF, via the Multi-regional Operational Programme for Spain 2014-2020.

With innovation projects like PASTORA, we work to progress in the digitalisation of the distribution grid by integrating artificial intelligence and big data techniques into the energy sector to improve our services.