Red Eléctrica collaborates with the University of Las Palmas on R&D&I projects

Both institutions collaborate on R&D&I projects for the control of the stability and maintenance of the transmission grid in the Canary Islands; projects that have a financial allocation of more than 245,000 euros.

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The Red Eléctrica’s Delegate in the Canary Islands, Ainara Irigoyen Zarragoicoechea and the Rector of the University of Las Palmas, José Regidor García, have today, Tuesday 10 September, signed a framework agreement for scientific, cultural and technological collaboration, with the aim to develop and disseminate education, culture, higher education and joint scientific and technological research as well as training and further education of teachers and researchers.

Two specific R&D+i agreements will be derived from this framework agreement: one regarding an Intelligent Asset Maintenance System (SIMA) for high-voltage and another regarding the ‘Stability FACTS’ project for the control of the stability of the Canary Islands’ Transmission Grid,  in which the ‘Fundación Canaria Parque Científico Tecnológico’ of the University of Las Palmas will also participate.

The agreement reflects the commitment of Red Eléctrica to innovation, technological development and continuous improvement, and is encompassed within the new 2016-2019 R&D&I Plan.

SIMA 2 Project

The ‘Project for development of Intelligent Asset Maintenance System 2’ (SIMA 2) is the second phase of a study of the high-voltage electricity transmission grid, launched jointly in 2013 by the University Institute of Applied Microelectronics (IUMA) and the Substation Maintenance Department of Red Eléctrica de España, which seeks to provide the management and maintenance of the electricity transmission grid in the Canary Islands with the possibilities offered by new information technologies. Thus, a tool will be facilitated in order to centrally manage all the relevant information on the equipment regarding their optimum maintenance, providing assistance in the design of individualised maintenance plans for each piece of equipment. The project has a budget of 145,000 euros and has a planned duration of 17 months.

Stability FACTS’ Project

The objective of the ‘Stability FACTS’ project is to develop and implement a FACTS device that allows control over the main parameters (frequency control, constant voltage control and damping of power oscillations) that provide stability to a unique electricity system such as the Canary Islands’ transmission grid. The duration of this agreement is 22 months and has a budget of 100,567 euros.