The project MAIGE is framed within a mid-term strategy aimed at developing advanced monitoring systems for gas and electricity distribution facilities. This strategy aims, in the medium term, at having the knowledge, tools and equipment for the efficient and optimized management of the gas and electricity distribution assets, including new functionalities, increasing security and reliability of maintenance and supply actions.
The consortium, led by GAS NATURAL, includes leading companies, universities and research centers in Smart Grids.
The project is framed within the Call RETOS-colaboración 2016, funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness and the European Regional Development Fund.
The first phase of this strategy is centered on the development of the first set of tools for electricity grids, thus the main aims are:
- Development of solutions to prevent and/or reduce manual inspections of the maintenance crews, which have to check many electricity plants in the distributed generation systems of the facility.
- Development of new voltage/intensity sensors which get reliable information in real time on the grid conditions, instead of estimating them.
- Implementation of fault detection systems in the electricity distribution grid to better manage assets and the grid operation, in order to extend equipment life and to optimize maintenance/replacement costs.
- Development and adaptation of information and communication systems to correctly receive and display all the information in order to obtain an added value and to integrate it in the grid operation and maintenance.
- Testing of laboratory and real scale pilot including solutions and elements developed within the Project for a faster Access to market.
ITE participates in the project focusing on the design and development of a Smart system for the diagnosis and maintenance of energy assets of a medium-voltage grid, starting from centralizing the information sent from the equipment and sensor which will be developed for industry within the project.
In addition, insulators prototypes are being prepared using the new selected silicones. They will be tested in the testing station which simulates the conditions of a medium voltage overhead line. Finally, it is being developing a testing methodology that includes tests which are not covered by the current legislation.