Projects
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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence
The projects
Key challenge

Increase employees safety and wellness

Status

Active

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The goal of this project is to develop a platform (C3) for advanced knowledge in REE to make construction works safer, more efficient and sustainable. C3 will process and exploit the data to improve efficiency and create automation and controls for decision-making. This digital transformation initiative offers a decisive advantage in making energy transition and the smart network of the future a reality.

PHASES
Phase A

Minimum Viable Product for validating workers supervision use cases.

Phase B

Minimum Viable Product for validating machinery supervision and advanced analytics use cases.

 

 

 

Key challenge

Optimize system operation and increase reliability and flexibility of the grid

Status

Completed

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We want to show the feasibility of making an inventory of photovoltaic panels by using very high resolution satellite images and artificial intelligence. To do this we will be running tests in various parts of Spain with different features and variables to extract the guidelines for implementing a precise and operative global service in the future. The goal of the project is essentially to be able to precisely detect the panels automatically and locate them on the ground, distinguishing, where possible, the different types of panels so that we can make a reasonable estimate of their installed capacity.

PHASES
Phase I

Create the model for identifying panels (without distinguishing between panel types).

Phase II

Distinguish between photovoltaic and thermal solar panels and estimate the associated capacity.

PhaseIII

Study the technical/financial feasibility of scaling the project up.

RESULTS

Creation of an algorithm for detecting photovoltaic panels and an estimator of their associated capacity.

 
Key challenge

Improve network development and asset management efficiency

Status

Active

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The roots of this project lie in predictive maintenance. It goals to improve the estimates required to improve the quality of condition-based maintenance, which consists of anticipating faults in assets to avoid them becoming unavailable and the high costs of repairing them. In this context, the “partial discharges” are small currents that appear in insulated facilities (cables, insulated GIS sub-station compartments, power transformers, etc.) prior to the failure of the element in question. The goal of the project is to create a platform that does not currently exist in the market that can detect and diagnose “partial discharges” automatically, based on artificial intelligence, to classify them by seriousness and provide information that enables the right decision and maintenance action to be taken.

PHASES
Phase I

Minimum feasible product. Demonstrate the capacity to identify the type of phenomenon and the potential of artificial intelligence in laboratory trials.

Phase II

Product in service in REE and sales. Platform for automatic continuous interpretation of partial discharges in real installations.

 

 

 
Key challenge

Increase sustainability of our processes and activities

Status

Completed

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Red Eléctrica is deploying a new model for managing the vegetation growing near its power lines. Until now, the plant species were identified manually using photograph interpretation techniques.

This project created a series of algorithms to automate the interpretation of photos of tree species and scrubland using satellite images and those of the National Plan for Aerial Orthophotography (PNOA).

PHASES
Pilot phase

Identify species in the province of Zamora.

Scaling up phase

Extend the analysis to the rest of the country, identifying species for each region.

RESULTS

We obtained a mapping of vegetation for all corridors along the power lines of the Transmission Grid, enabling us to apply the new process for managing plant growth.

Key challenge

Increase employees safety and wellness

Status

Completed

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The goal of this project is to switch from a reactive/preventive model to a predictive model in the area of occupational health and safety. We make use of the traceability and digital footprint of the data and information provided by the management tools and applications of the Red Eléctrica Group to make analyses with descriptive (what happened), predictive (what could happen) and prescriptive models (what can we do to stop it happening) The first goal of the project is to use Artificial Intelligence methods to create a probability indicator of the risk of accidents and issues associated with any maintenance and construction work.

PHASES
Phase I

Concept and data modelling.

Phase II

Data collection, ordering and processing.

Phase III

Data analysis and visualisation of the results.

RESULTS

A foundation is created for applying models for predicting the risk of accidents and issues related to maintenance and construction work.

 

Robotics and drones

Robotics and drones
The projects
Key challenge

Improve network development and asset management efficiency

Status

Active

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We developed this project to strengthen and to create efficiencies in the maintenance of overhead power lines by making our knowledge systematic and standardising our remote detection and classification of possible visual anomalies. The project covers the redefinition of current technical practices, information flow and the procedures for handling work in the field.

Project carried out together with the partner Aerolaser.

PHASES
Phase I

PMV handles the design, development and proposal for tools to enable us to manage the whole inspection process (capture and process information about the assets so that we can then apply artificial intelligence to detect and flag up visual anomalies and aspects contrary to regulations).

Phase II

Deployment of the solution and retraining and establishment of new models that arise, such as the preparation and changes to processes that are required to gain efficiencies in comparison with the current model.

 

 

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New equipment and materials for power transmission and grid management

New equipment and materials for power transmission and grid management
The projects
Key challenge

Optimize system operation and increase reliability and flexibility of the grid

Status

Active

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The goal of this project is to develop and test a hybrid device capable of offering the power system various flexibility services, especially in isolated systems such as the Canary Islands. The device includes a statcom, a lithium-ion battery and ultracapacitators, under optimal coordination and management by an advanced control system.

PHASES
Phase I

Define the technical and functional requirements.

Phase II

Develop the control architecture.

Phase III

Prototype engineering

Phase IV

Develop the central control system for the coordinated operation of various flexibility devices.

Phase V

Manufacture of equipment, FAT testing and installation.

Phase VI

Operation of the device and evaluation of functions .

 

 

Key challenge

Improve network development and asset management efficiency
Increase sustainability of our processes and activities

Status

Active

Sustainable water

Sustainable water aims at evaluating and testing a brand new approach, way more sustainable, for water supply in Red Electrica’s electrical substations. Electrical substations are typically placed in non-urban areas where, in most cases, there is no access to water supply network and the consumption is not enough to make economically viable the extension of the existing network to these sites. This means that current water supply in most of the substations rely on tanker trucks.

The objective of Sustainable Water is to move to a more sustainable approach based on the technique of “atmospheric water collection” through two main tasks:

  • Evaluating the feasibility of this approach based on the statistical water supply needs of RE substations and the availability of atmospheric water resources along Spanish geography.
  • Once the viable areas have been identified, the development of a state-of-the-art equipment (patent in progress) and its test in a real facility.
 

 

Big Data and analytics

Big Data and analytics
The projects
Key challenge

Optimize system operation and increase reliability and flexibility of the grid

Status

Active

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The project aims to develop a transmission grid based on local and remote monitoring and sensors, operating with transmission categories calculated in real time. These capacities are calculated using a thermal model of the line and data obtained from the monitoring of immediate atmospheric conditions and/or the physical parameters of the installation along its full length. This will enable us to access the capacity that has so far been blocked by the circuits, giving us better knowledge of their real conditions. The result is more flexible and safer operations.

PHASES
Phase I

Identify needs and design.

Phase II

Implementation.

Phase III

Validation.

Phase IV

Consolidation and expansion.

 

 

Key challenge

Optimize system operation and increase reliability and flexibility of the grid

Status

Active

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Newton is Red Eléctrica’s calculation programme. It is easy to extend, integrate and maintain. It is state-of-the-art in power flow, linear calculations and other essential functions. Newton’s architecture is designed for the desktop as much as the cloud, capable of massive calculations and integration with AI for the planning and operation of electricity systems.

PHASES
Phase I

Minimum Viable Product

Phase II

Internal adaptation phase

Phase III

Product conformity phase

Phase IV

Adaptation of the roadmap to detected needs, maintaining the product’s dimension and vision

 

 

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Internet of Things

Internet of Things
The projects
Key challenge

Improve network development and asset management efficiency

Status

Active

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Together with Orange, Huawei and the Red Eléctrica Group, we have developed a pilot project for the remote inspection of facilities using artificial vision in different spectrums and the detection of SO2/SF6 gas (indicator of faults in the sub-station and greenhouse gas leakages) both in electricity sub-stations and the channels within them.

To do this, we deploy a network of specific cameras and sensors, both in fixed and mobile points, with a system for monitoring different wavelengths that makes the detection of faults more efficient, increasing the safety of field operators and enabling us to develop more powerful tools for predictive maintenance.

PHASES
Phase I

This proposed use case essentially takes advantage of the multi-connective and ultra-reliable nature associated with 5G technology. The tests are run in the the Morvedre sub-station, close to Sagunto.

 

 

 
Key challenge

Improve network development and asset management efficiency

Status

Active

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This solution will enable us to recover the SF6 leaked from our GIS installations using absorbent materials (modified or synthesized commercial compounds).

The system developed will make an effective contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere caused by equipment leakages in the transmission grid that use SF6.

PHASES
Phase A

Acquire and classify different absorbent materials.

Phase B

Determine their capacity to absorb SF6.

Phase C

Assess the absorption of SF6 in simulated conditions of SF6 leaks.

Phase D

Assess the absorption of SF6 in real conditions of 6 leaks.

 

 

 
Key challenge

Improve network development and asset management efficiency

Status

Active

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In this project, low-cost IoT devices that are minimally invasive are developed, in order to monitor the dynamic response of safety elements and detect unsafe behaviours when carrying out work on transmission grid elements.

PHASES
Preliminary Phase

Design and manufacturing of prototype(s)

Phase I

Validation of prototype(s) in transmission grid elements

Phase II

Validation of the MVP in transmission grid elements

Phase III

Industrialisation and integration to third parties

 

 

 

Digital platforms

Digital platforms
The projects
Key challenge

Optimize system operation and increase reliability and flexibility of the grid

Status

Active

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In the present, sub-station automation systems are distributed systems where specific software is executed in specific hardware. The application of new algorithms is then conditioned by software-hardware equipment of each supplier.

With this project, a software platform executed on diverse hardware, based on concepts of micro-services, will be designed to implement the functions of the sub-station automation system.

Project carried out together with the partner Nearby.

PHASES
Phase I

Definition of a MVP for one bay sub-station automation system.

Phase II

Scaling up of the MVP for a complete sub-station.

 

 

 
Key challenge

Optimize system operation and increase reliability and flexibility of the grid

Status

Active

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Its goal is to see the real level of small-scale self-supply (P <1MW) because there is no plan for real-time measurements or metering for the amount generated. The information, however, is available in the IoT and the cloud. The platform makes monitoring possible in real time, enabling us to estimate production in the system and to make forecasts.

PHASES
Phase I

Minimum Viable Product: platform created and integrated with data from manufacturers of inverters (registration and collection of data) and self-supply assets. Enable operations in real time and issue self-supply certificates.

 

 

 
Key challenge

Increase employees safety and wellness

Status

Active

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This project is intended to ensure the safety of people and facilities in discharge operations, removing situations of risk for operators associated with their work in protected zones and accompanying tasks, as part of the Red Eléctrica Group’s strategic goal of “zero accidents”.

PHASES
Phase A

Minimum Viable Product: basic offline implementation (without integrations) and operations.

Phase B

Satisfaction survey.

 

 

 

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity
The projects
Key challenge

Optimization and automation of OT and IT security

Status

Active

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The objective of the SLISE project is to mitigate the vulnerabilities that the new virtualization technologies adopted massively at the core of the 5G architecture (and which are already part of the technical drafts of the sixth generation) have dragged into the new paradigm of communications as a service. Specifically, research into new algorithms is proposed: incident analysis, encryption, radio attack detection identification and automated response; in a more flexible context to face the risks inherent to virtualization technologies: Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Slicing (NS). All this will be studied, defining demanding indicators that broadly cover these objectives, in a set of use scenarios that present different protection priorities and that include the use of communications in the context of critical infrastructure management, as well as the use of communications in the manufacturing industry.

PHASES
Phase I

Definition of requirements and use cases.

Phase II

Definition of 5G system protection and detection of attacks and anomalies.

Phase III

Demonstrator Deployment.

Phase IV

Evaluation.

 

 

 

Satellite and 5G communications

Satellite and 5G communications
The projects
Key challenge

Optimize system operation and increase reliability and flexibility of the grid

Status

Active

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Together with Orange, Huawei and the Red Eléctrica Group, we are working to develop a pilot that can analyse the potential of 5G technology for protection, control and automation systems. The pilot will show the potential of 5G for these systems: they will become independent from the means of access to the communications network (fibre optics or 5G), which makes it possible to make new designs and optimise the infrastructure required, making it suitable to the needs, criteria and philosophy of the different agents. There are 3 different scenarios proposed to replace usual communications via fibre optics with 5G radio solutions:

  • 5G for WAMPAC
  • 5G for line protections
  • 5G to deploy the process bus outside the sub-station
  • Replace the line protection by its digital twin
PHASES
Phase I

use 5G technology to replace the communications between phasor measurement units (PMU) in the sub-stations and a phasor data concentrator (PDC), located in a remote location.

Following phases

Analysis of 5G communications of line differential protection equipment located at each end of a power line, the sending of digitalised analogue measurements to a remote location, again using 5G to access the communications network.

 

 

Key challenge

Enable connectivity everywhere

Status

Active

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Together with Orange, Huawei, Arbórea Intellbird and Hispasat we are implementing 5G technology to make real time analyses of accident scenarios in critical infrastructures, enabling us to carry out inspections of critical aspects of our infrastructures using remotely controlled and robotic systems.

This will improve our response time by incorporating inspection processes and the analysis of critical infrastructures, increasing their safety. It is also proposed to include communication satellites as backup for the terrestrial 5G network via Network Slicing in different situations.

PHASES
Phase I

The layout of the high-voltage line, along with various Red Eléctrica sub-stations in the Community of Valencia will be the sites selected to run a test that will place special emphasis on the first section of the Morvedre-Eliana line.

 

 

 
Key challenge

Generate new services and business models around current assets

Status

Active

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The goal of this project is to validate the electricity infrastructures of Red Eléctrica as vehicles for 5G systems. This will enable the creation of a roadmap with the preparation of various minimum viable products (MVP) to acquire experience in the installation of 5G systems in networks (requirements, special needs, etc.) and to test the possible impact on the environment of the infrastructures.

PHASES
Phase A

Installation of 5G antennas in a sub-station.

Phase B

Installation of solar panels in an electrical base to provide satellite equipment installed in the same base with autonomous power.

Phase C

Installation of 5G antennas in electrical bases powered via power voltage transformer (PVT) for 5G devices.

Phase D

Optimised power solution for the 5G devices of various operators.

 

 

 

Inmersive Technologies

Inmersive Technologies

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Projects with a purpose
We conceive projects with a clear focus whether it responds to a short or a mid-long term objective. We believe in mission-driven innovation to improve people's day-to-day life and future.
Make the system more secure
Make the system more secure
Get closer to society
Get closer to society
Increase the availability of our infrastructures
Increase the availability of our infrastructures
Integrate renewable energies
Integrate renewable energies
Maximise the use of our infrastructures
Maximise the use of our infrastructures
Improve the sustainable management of our assets
Improve the sustainable management of our assets
Ensure greater safety for our employees
Ensure greater safety for our employees
Make our processes and technologies more efficient
Make our processes and technologies more efficient
Accompaniment at every stage
We streamline innovation process in all its phases from ideas, regardless their maturity, all the way to commercial solutions.

1 Exploration

Along with Elewit’s Open Innovation team and the business units, we explore ideas and solutions to offer answers to the Group’s challenges. We exercise continuous technological surveillance

2 Conceptualisation

We assess opportunities by their strategic feasibility and interest for the business units. We develop the best ideas through conceptualisation to complete and adopt them.

3 Incubation

Later, these ideas will go through an incubation phase that will enable us to create minimum viable products efficiently and quickly.

4 Industrialisation

These minimum viable products will pass through a scaling up phase in which the product will be industrialised. We manage and develop the project by enabling the termination and approval of the final product or service.

5 Deployment and sales

If the value offered and the technical feasibility are acceptable, we obtain a product or service with potential for internal deployment in the Group or to sell to third parties.