The Grid2030 Program aims to promote the development of technological applications to the operation of the electricity system and the transmission grid, capable of accelerating the energy transition. It is a program open to innovators from public and private entities, universities, research centres and companies.
Red Eléctrica de España will invest two million euros in the Grid2030 innovation program, an initiative that was launched a year ago and that seeks to promote the development of technological proposals applied to the operation of the system and the grid.
The objective is to identify and develop projects that respond to the great challenges currently faced by the electricity system, by promoting the development of disruptive technical solutions capable of accelerating the energy transition.
The program, open to entrepreneurs and innovators from public and private entities, universities, research centres, and companies from all over the world, already has, on its first call, two winning consortiums which will have the support and financing of Red Eléctrica with around one million euros.
For this reason, the company held an event this morning in Madrid in which the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, and the president of Red Eléctrica, Jordi Sevilla, participated. During the day, the two selected projects were presented and two new challenges were launched for the second call of the program.
In the first call, focused on promoting solutions aimed at accelerating the implantation of power electronics in the electricity system and developing new resources to give it flexibility, 79 proposals were submitted, coming from 10 different countries: Spain, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Colombia (in European consortium) and Poland.
Finally, after an intense evaluation process, two projects were the selected:
- Flexible Smart Transformer (FST) by CIRCE Technology Centre and EFACEC Power Solutions (Spain / Portugal). FST consists on the design, development and testing of a new power electronics device based on silicon carbide semiconductors, with multiple possible applications as an AC to DC transformer and converter, and vice versa, with active control and new functionalities.
- Reduced Inertia Transiet Stability Enhacement (RITSE) by IMDEA and SUPERGRID Institute (Spain / France). RITSE consists of two complementary and coordinated control systems to improve transient stability in electrical systems: DVAC (Dynamic Virtual Admittance Control), with HVDC links; and BATTERTIA (Battery Grid Interface for Improved Transient Stability), with batteries.
The second call, which starts today, focuses on two new challenges: improving the knowledge of the physical state of electricity transport infrastructures and identifying new technologies and digital services for the energy transition, including the development of new services for the TSO and measures to increase the efficiency of its management.
The application period is open until February 13th, 2019, and it is planned to hold two workshops between April and May, so that the selection will be carried out in June and in the fourth quarter of the year, the execution of the Projects.
With this initiative, Red Eléctrica acts in line with their innovation strategy, with the objective of achieving an international reference position in this field, anticipating the future of electrical systems and accelerating the development of technological solutions that may have a high impact on the activity of the company and improvements for its stakeholders and for society as a whole.