WE STUDY AND IMPROVE GENERATION, TRANSPORT AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS TO ENSURE A RELIABLE, UNINTERRUPTED AND SAFE ELECTRIC SYSTEM

Electric grids are a crucial element in an increasingly electrified society on the path towards decarbonization, where fossil fuels are making way for renewables. The sector is undergoing relentless transformations that depend on sound international R&D&I efforts, without which supply safety and reliability would be seriously compromised.

CIRCE is an acknowledged centre that specializes in researching electricity transportation, distribution and transformation. We are working to boost the sector’s growth so it can rise to current challenges such as integrating renewable energy in the grid and overcoming the potential effects of mass connection.

Meanwhile, we are also preparing to face the challenges that the next few decades will bring, such as the rise in distributed generation, energy storage, integration of electric vehicles, and the new role that consumers will be playing in this impending scenario.

LINES OF BUSINESS

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ELECTRIC GRIDS

We are running a range of tests linked to the electric grid and pursuing various R&D&I lines such as technological innovation in transformer substations, using state-of-the-art simulation and modelling tools.

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STORAGE AND POWER ELECTRONICS

We are exploring innovative ways to optimize electronics with the ability to integrate renewable energy sources and improve energy management so as to achieve optimized use of generation and storage systems.

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SMART GRIDS

We are researching improvements in electric grid efficiency, automation, communication and protection to encourage the roll-out of smart grids and their urban realization in the form of smart cities.

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ICTs

Our vast experience in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) means we are in a position to develop and validate grid communication and control systems and software.

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