Smart-DSO Living Lab: actions for smart grids

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Jorge Rueda, R&D Manager at Cuerva
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Smart grid integrating the behaviour of grid-connected users to optimise power flows

DatesOctober 2021 - August 2022
LeaderMontajes Eléctricos Cuerva SL (now Cuerva Energía SL)
Reference1130205
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Action framed within the Smart Grids Incentive Line of the Andalusian Energy Agency - Action A1.B) Development of smart grids.

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Context

The work carried out by Montajes Eléctricos Cuerva consisted of
transforming an electricity infrastructure located in Escúzar (Granada) into a smart grid.


The project, called Smart DSO-Living Lab, develops a smart grid that allows to
know and efficiently integrate the behaviour and actions of all users connected to this electricity distribution network
, both those who are consuming and those who are generating electricity. By achieving a simultaneous real-time view of consumption and production, the distribution company obtains more
efficient energy management
, as it can, among other things,
optimise power flows
by anticipating overload situations, or
detect more quickly and accurately when a line suffers an incident
and thus be able to resolve it in less time.


In this way, part of the distribution network owned by Cuerva has been equipped with the necessary infrastructure, implementing
control and supervision systems that analyse and act intelligently on the system's components
, providing information on the status of each of them, which will make it easier to adopt preventive and predictive maintenance strategies, improving the reliability of communications. Specifically, a
communications and monitoring system
(fibre optic) has been implemented by incorporating elements that provide flexibility, stability, wave quality, adaptation to electric vehicle charging (V2G services) and greater operational efficiency


This communication system includes:

  • Real-time data collection systems for the electricity grid and the environment.
  • Intelligent analysis and management systems for the electricity grid.
  • Systems for remote management and remote actuation of grid elements.
  • Systems for data extraction, management and processing in the cloud

The project also enables the development of a Smart City, focusing on demand management and zero balance, reinforcing the concept of self-sufficiency and community self-sustainability.

Impacto

This innovative project to digitalise the electricity system will result in a more secure, improved and more sustainable electricity supply in the municipalities of this area.

Initiatives such as this help us keep the population in rural areas and contribute to the economic growth and development of small municipalities, by improving the quality of the electricity supply and enabling the implementation of projects linked to new technologies and smart grids.

This is an innovative project from the very beginning, as the transformation of an electricity infrastructure into a smart grid is an example of where the electricity system should be heading, placing the citizen at the centre of the energy system and incorporating renewable sources through efficient energy management.

The action carried out has fulfilled the objectives with which it arose, such as improving the electricity supply of the municipalities served by the electricity infrastructure, as well as advancing in the digitisation and smart energy management in the area.

It has a high degree of coverage over the target population, not only because of the 16,000 distribution grid customers Cuerva has, but also, and more importantly, because the improvement of the electricity supply will contribute to the attraction of companies and job creation in the area.

The project has enjoyed wide dissemination of the contribution of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) among Andalusian citizens, thanks to the repercussion in several media channels and social networks, after the visit made by the Minister of Finance and European Funding, Juan Bravo, to the company's headquarters and the very nature of the promoter company, an Andalusian benchmark in the energy sector.

Promoter

This innovative project to digitalise the electricity system will result in a more secure, quality and sustainable electricity supply in the municipalities in the area.

From a reputational nature, the project seeks to become an international benchmark in the field of smartgrids; also, of social nature, since it contributes to the development of small municipalities in the area.

The area of influence of the project is Andalusia. In particular, the province of Granada, which is where the project is located and also where the headquarters of the company promoting and developing it are located.

About the author

Jorge Rueda, R&D Manager at Cuerva
Jorge joined Cuerva in 2020 to lead the company's management and participation in national and international R&D projects related to the two strategic areas of the Innovation department: Smart Energy and Smart Grids. Currently, he manages the portfolio of active projects and generates new partnership opportunities for Cuerva in R&D.
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