Gipuzkoa will have a Micro Smart Grid sponsored by local firms and institutions

Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Ministry of Science and Innovation, Gipuzkoa Aurrera, the cluster of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunications of the Basque Country (GAIA), IK4 and JEMA presented today at a press conference “iSarea. Gipuzkoa Microgrid ” project, which will allow Gipuzkoa have, in late 2012, a Micro Smart Grid.

The new Micro-Network, which is located in the Miramon Technology Park of San Sebastian, will be developed with local technology and will evaluate new equipment, products and systems for the this kind of networks. Its implementation will be an excellent opportunity to position Gipuzkoa and companies in the Territory in the many areas of technology related to the development of Intelligent Micro-Networks with which, globally, is intended to respond to current challenges in the energy sector.

In this sense, according to its promoters explanation, the main objective of the i-Sare project is to deploy a pilot network with real application, as a demonstrator, “serving as a platform for companies developing new products, equipment, systems, operating procedures, maintenance, and future commercial application. ” Thus, the availability of this platform will allow all businesses to develop and validate devices aimed at improving the capabilities of electrical distribution networks of the future, with development times for the first phase of less than 24 months.

The experimental network installed in Miramon will consist of:

· Electromechanical systems: Transformers; Medium and low voltage protections.
· Storage systems: Batteries, flywheels and supercapacitors.
· Generation systems:Wind, solar, cogeneration group, diesel generator and fuel cell.
· Microgrid Architecture, consisting of: interoperable communications infrastructure, control center, smart metering, and charging points for electric vehicles.

Another projects´s important aspect is the Intelligence of the Network, it manages and consumes exactly the energy needed, this is the fairness of the system.

The project has a budget of 6,619,000 euros financed by Gipuzkoa Aurrera, Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and Ministry of Science and Innovation, which provides € 2 million has been driven by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa Gipuzkoa Aurrera and promoted by GAIA-Cluster and IK4 TEIC with the company as Project Leader JEMA. Also involved initial project partners: International Cegasa, Cidetec, Electro TAZ, Ingesea, Oasa transformers, Tekniker, in collaboration with the CEIT.

Right time

During the presentation of the project, has found that it is necessary to promote a concept of more efficient electrical grid, that: reduce power system losses, to adapt to new uses and consumption needs, bet on clean energy sources, develop infrastructures that enable more efficient management of information within the grid; optimally manage demand, and allows the integration of electric vehicles.

“The response to these challenges is the need for a new concept of grid: the micro-intelligent networks. Although Gipuzkoa has until personal experience in the field of micro-networks, we believe that is the ideal time to reinforce these skills since the revolution of the new `grid ‘is a global reality that must be respond with its own products, premises, “stressed Markel Olano, General Deputy.

In this vein, Juan Tomás Hernani, General Secretary of Innovation, Ministry of Science and Innovation said “the Isare project, Gipuzkoa has the opportunity to have a micro-network with proprietary technology that allows short term, generate new products, to boost medium-term wealth and employment, and in the long term, improve energy efficiency and create a test bed for future needs.”

For his part, José M ª del Rio, Director General of JEMA, stressed between the benefits of micro-intelligent networks increased network reliability, efficient management of demand, reducing losses in transmission lines and distribution, greater power quality, and obtaining environmental benefits. “With smart micro-grids get further reduce consumption peaks, add the excess power to the grid, the automation of every outlet in every home and business of micro-network, and strengthens the integration and deployment electric vehicle. Likewise, users can benefit from pay per use, flexible pricing and remote management of supply, “he explained.

Finally, Martin Delgado, Director of Innovation, Environment and Quality of Iberdrola, has stressed that the electrical system of the future will be built initially on the existing electricity distribution infrastructure. Thus, explained that the infrastructure that are used today (lines, substations or transformers) will evolve and adapt to the introduction of new technologies such as smart microgrids, “which will increase efficiency, quality and system security allow existing and developing a new architecture for the grid. ” Delgado has stressed the importance of developing these systems, “not just drive an improvement in electricity supply, but also foster the integration of distributed and renewable generation, will drive the implementation of other innovative initiatives such as electric vehicles and encourage a active participation of customers “. / /

Definition of Intelligent Micro- Network

This is a bidirectional power generation system that enables the distribution of electricity from suppliers to consumers using digital technology and fostering the integration of sources of generation from renewable sources, in order to save energy, reduce costs and increase reliability.

The elements comprising include distributed generation systems, energy storage systems, techniques for load management, systems monitoring and power flow control, and techniques and preventive maintenance procedures.