TSN for Smart grids

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Jorge Rueda, R&D Manager at Cuerva
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Deterministic communications for Industry 4.0. TSN (Time-Sensitive Networking) for Smart grids

DateSeptember 2018 - March 2019
LeaderOn-tech Granada Cluster
ReferenceAEI-010500-2018-125
Financing entity

Project financed by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MINCOTUR) within the AEI support program to help improve the competitiveness of Spanish industry

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Context

The challenges that current electricity networks must face are well known; they include, for example, the increase in renewable sources, the expansion of distributed resources, the growth in demand or the need to optimize supply. A more intelligent system is needed, in which data acquisition, monitoring and control capabilities are extended throughout the entire network. This requires an end-to-end deployment of information and communications technologies to achieve management that increases operator control and the possibilities of analysis or action.

Within this context, the project "Deterministic Communications for Industry 4.0: TSN for Smart Grid" is promoted, jointly developed with Cuerva (DSO located in Granada), Seven Solutions (specialists in TSN), the University of Granada (UGR) and the OnGranada Technological cluster, which has carried out crucial work as a regional ecosystem to materialize the collaboration of the partners.

Objetive

The main objective of the project is the industrial development of a packet switching equipment (switch) compatible with the TSN standard; evaluation and test of the application of TSN technology as a communications bus for Smart Grid networks.

Seven Solutions and the University of Granada have been in charge of the technological development of the communications equipment and the laboratory test network, while Cuerva has defined the use cases and potential of TSN in substations and distribution.

We also promoted the collaboration of CIRCE to establish the architecture of the real demonstrator of the project and to support the field tests, given its background in new generation substation automation systems.

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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