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The partners of the project MATUSALEN meet up in Bilbao

  • Iberdrola meets the consortium to share the results achieved last year

The Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE) participated in the meeting organized by Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica on the 22nd of February to present the results achieved last year of the project MATUSALEN. The meeting took place in Bilbao and was attended by the companies forming the consortium.

MATUSALEN, which started in 2014 and which will finish in 2017, is led by Iberdrola and is developed in collaboration with companies of the manufacturing sector of electricity grid equipment and research experts and bodies.  Co-funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness within the call Retos-Colaboración 2014, the main aim of the project is the development of an advanced technological solution which allows predicting the conditions of underground electricity cables by using the functionalities of the Smart Grids.

During the meeting, all of the partners (Iberdrola, ITE, Universidad de Salamanca, Ingeteam Power Technology, Ziv Medida, ZIV Communications and Arteche) pointed out the current state of the project and presented its partial results, showing the proper advance of the project following the agreed terms and milestones.

Specifically, ITE explained the results of the activities carried out within its field of competence. Over 2016, on one hand, the Institute carried on with the process for the definition of performance patterns which correspond to a degradation level of cables, which will be useful to predict the conditions of the underground grid, thus guaranteeing its performance. On the other hand, ITE participated in the validation of new sensors for the measurement of partial discharges. Finally, activities focused on the development of an innovative system for the management of electricity line cables were started, with the aim of creating a demonstrator of it.

The meeting ended with the discussion on next steps, remembering that all activities have the final aim of creating a tool able to solve all difficulties related to the expansion of underground grids and its complicate maintenance, taking advantages from the communication abilities of the Smart Grids, in order to have an optimal management of the grid assets and the improvement of the service quality and safety.

The labour of ITE on this project underlines its commitment to search for responses to the great challenges arising from the distribution grid, with the aim of advancing in the maintenance and life of installations and in the development of capital goods adapted to new needs. adaptado a las nuevas necesidades.