PRICE GEN - Smart Grids in the Henares corridor

DESCRIPTION

PRICE-GEN: Energy Management, will be focused on aspects related to smart grid energy management through the development of an optimal and interoperable network architecture, taking into account the emerging needs of the smart grid and the implantation of this architecture by developing new smart metering equipment to provide timely information of the consumption and generation of customers as well as the information of the state of the grid.

In line with this aim, the consortium PRICE-GEN will focus its technical research activity towards:

  • Get a high quality solution for intelligent network management, which through the information provided by intelligent controllers and through the use of management systems of energy balances, allows not only knowledge of consumption and network status, but also the operation on it for the  minimization of the losses, the optimization of the infrastructure and the improvement of the quality and security of electricity supply.
  • Allow a rapid and effective deployment and integration with existing systems and resources: a key purpose of the PRICE project, especially PRICE-GEN, the modernization of the distribution network of existing power to take advantage of the benefits of ICT use. A proper study of the current alternatives and existing infrastructure, for analyzing the possibilities of its utilization as a support for the new network, optimizes the overall view in terms of practicality and quick provision of added value of the new telemanagement system.
  • Enhance interoperability between companies and teams in telemanagement system: the future of smart grids has to be focused to the multisuministrador solutions and the standardization of the operation (use cases, interfaces and common models) to ensure interoperability with the final equipment, necessary for the viability of centralized management.
  • Position the Spanish electricity sector to the technological vanguard worldwide in intelligent management of distribution networks of electricity (SmartGrids) by the disposal of a leading own technology across the whole value chain network, from generation to the final consumer.

OBJECTIVES

The project PRICE GEN is one of the main projects composing the project PRICE – Joint Project of Intelligent Networks in the Henares Corridor -. This is a joint initiative of Iberdrola and Unión Fenosa Distribución, to perform the first deployment of a Smart Grid in the Autonomous Region of Madrid and the province of Guadalajara, particularly in the so-called “Henares Corridor” area.

This initiative covers different areas to meet the needs identified for the development of a smart grid within a framework of efficiency, security and sustainability. In order to develop it, the PRICE project is based on the following sub-projects:

  • PRICE-RED: Monitoring and Automation
  • PRICE-GEN: Energy Management
  • PRICE-GDI: Distributed Generation
  • PRICE-GDE: Demand Management

The goal of PRICE-GEN is the development and implementation of an intelligent architecture that integrates intelligent controllers in an optimal way that will be based on a relatively open standard enabling the incorporation of new generations of network infrastructure, as well as enabling compatibility in other countries or systems.
This proposal is emerging as one of the four lines of development within the project PRICE whose overall objectives are:

  • Supervise and automate the network, improving its operation and maintenance.
  • Optimize the connection with areas of concentrated renewable energy generation.
  • Improve the integration of distributed generation.
  • New functionalities and services to marketers.
  • Facilitate the entry of electrical vehicles

CIRCE'S ROLE

CIRCE’s contributions within the project will be focused on achieving the objectives described below:
  • Achieve a high quality solution for intelligent network management, which through the information provided by intelligent controllers and through the use of management systems of energy balances, allows not only knowledge of consumption and network status, but also the operation on it for the minimization of the losses, the optimization of the infrastructure and the improvement of the quality and security of electricity supply.
  • A proper study of the current alternatives and existing infrastructure, for analyzing the possibilities of its utilization as a support for the new network, optimizes the overall view in terms of practicality and quick provision of added value of the new telemanagement system.
  • Interoperability between companies and teams in telemanagement system: the future of smart grids has to be focused to the multisuministrador solutions and the standardization of the operation (use cases, interfaces and common models) to ensure interoperability with the final equipment, necessary for the viability of centralized management.

PARTNERS