A resilient city is one that protects its inhabitants and its assets, while maintaining its functionality in the event of a crisis. In this regard power is a key aspect. This is where Endesa comes in. Our technicians, specialising in distribution grids, are studying how to use autonomous micro-grids connected to the main grid to supply power in the event of an emergency. We shall focus on quantifying the impact of climate change on the capacity to recover power supplies and how smart grids can contribute to the resilience of cities.
“Urban services, such as telecommunications or water, depend on other services, such as the power supply in order to operate”, explains Miguel Pardo, head of innovation projects at Endesa Distribución. The idea is to quantify the impact of climate change on the capacity to recover power supplies and to understand how smart grids can contribute to the resilience of cities. For Pardo, "one of the project’s main objectives is to respond to cities correctly, coordinating with them and improving communication between urban services and jointly addressing disaster risks, before, during and after the event”.
Although we are focusing on the Barcelona case study, the project will be developed over four years in another two cities: Lisbon and Bristol. As always, collaboration is essential.Cooperation between power, water and gas companies is crucial in order to quickly and efficiently respond to catastrophes. And this became evident during the first presentation of the project held in Barcelona under the title of "Building a more resilient city to cope with climate change".