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ORMAZABAL CORPORATE TECHNOLOGY A.I.E.

 

Direction:

Parque Empresarial Boroa, 24 48340 Amorebieta-Etxano (Bizkaia)
Fecha: 30.01.2017

Contact:

Iñaki Orue Sagarduy
94 630 51 30
ios@ormazabal.com
Parque Empresarial Boroa, 24 48340 Amorebieta-Etxano (Bizkaia)

Presentation

Ubication: Parque Empresarial Boroa, 24 48340 Amorebieta-Etxano (Bizkaia)
Year of creation: 2014
managed power: 630 kW[1]
Description:Demonstration and Experimentation Unit (UDEX), consists of an Experimental Grid designed as a platform to research, develop and verify equipment and systems in a real grid in a non- risk environment.
supports visits: Si
Function Microred: Si [2]
Island funtion: Si

TYPE OF SERVICES:
  • Laboratory and Research Center
Description
 

This configurable autonomous grid managed by Ormazabal Corporate Technology (OCT) consists of a 3500 m2 real-time experimentation environment with over 15 km of underground cable and 450 m of overhead line.

 
The main purpose of the UDEX is to facilitate access to a smart grid network having a high degree of flexibility, independent of the utility network, for the development and testing of new technologies. It is able to reproduce real conditions of existing worldwide grid topologies at different voltage levels and at different power frequencies.

 
The UDEX management system (UMS) controls the operation of the infrastructure to run according to a certain strategy, physically connects/disconnects the elements, and changes the network topology, by means of fully automated operation. The facility allows the research and development of the connection, integration and validation of new technologies, assessment of the impact on the network, and the investigation of operation of the complete network.

 
This new grid permits not only the reproduction of normal conditions but also anomalous situations such as, for example, a short circuit, by connecting with the High Power Laboratory (HPL) that provides the power needed to produce real medium voltage operating conditions.
 
Services offered
 

Important tool for the research, development and evaluation of new technologies for the future grid and for anticipating problems, which may appear under the most realistic conditions.

UDEX’s concept consists of a highly configurable distribution network independent from the grid which allows the development and testing of new technologies, products & services in a safe and controlled environment, positioning Ormazabal at the high-end of world-class R&D capabilities, providing (but not limited to) the following services:

•    Electrical protections and network automation.
•    Network diagnostic systems.
•    Power Line Communications (PLC).
•    AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructures)
•    Active demand management.
•    Integration of distributed and renewable generation in the grid.
•    Bidirectional power flow.
•    Dynamic configuration of the distribution network.
•    Electric vehicle integration in the distribution network.
•    Integration of energy storage systems.
•    Power electronics.
•    Power quality and efficiency.
•    Impact on the safety (EMF, step and touch voltages, short circuit behaviour...)

In addition, in the UDEX there are five special test cases, related to ERIGrid project, with singular capabilities in the specific fields of voltage regulation, MV network compatibility, network diagnosis, powerline communications, and smart metering:

•    Regulation of network voltages to maintain quality of supply affected by integration of renewables and/or significant intermittent loads: Functional validation of MV/LV voltage regulating systems (e.g. on-load automatic tap changer) in real MV network environment, with different MV Network Configurations and voltage levels - including Neutral configuration, Power Frequency (50-60Hz) MV Network Voltage Level (0-36kV)-.

•    Validation of correct functioning of IED systems in a real network in the face of transient overvoltages / overcurrents occurring during typical switching operations in the MV network: Functional validation of IED’s in real network environment tested with different MV Network Operations, especially during and after transients occurring during network switching. Neutral configuration, Power Frequency (50-60Hz), MV Network Voltage Level (0-36kV) are controllable parameters.

•    Asset management of network and its components through online technologies: Functional validation of network diagnostic equipment and systems, from simple detection devices to complete monitoring systems, in real MV network environment. Especially focused on validation of systems to do all or some of the following: Detection, analysis, identification, localization and evaluation of defects arising from PD sources and the communication of this data to supervision interface. Network and neutral configuration, Power Frequency (50-60Hz), MV Network Voltage Level (0-36kV), Measurement Bandwidth, defect type and location being controllable parameters to perform the assessment of the system.

•    Testing of functional compatibility of combined sensors with MV & PLC signal measurements in the Medium Voltage Networks: Simultaneous Compliance of Precision & communications performance of combined sensors, using a real distribution network with different components under test (Combined sensors, RTU, PLC modems, measurement cables, MV Network Configurations). Network and neutral configuration, Power Frequency (50-60Hz), MV Network Voltage Level (0-36kV), and Communications Bandwidth are controllable parameters.

•    Testing of functional narrowband powerline communications in distribution networks: Compliance with communications performance requirements, using a real distribution network with different components under test (PLC modems/Data concentrators, Meters, Network Configurations, MV/LV Transformers, Switchgears, Sniffers). Network and neutral configuration, Power Frequency (50-60Hz), MV Network Voltage Level (0-36kV), and Communications Bandwidth can be controllable parameters. This system allows also to change the length and type of the LV lines and network topology, the number and type of meters, in such a way that not only individual meters can be tested but also entire meter systems and the interoperability performance.

 

 


[1] It is understood that managed power that is able to manage the control of the infrastructure. In laboratories without physical equipment (simulators, systems) This field does not apply.
[2] Microrred function if there are loads in the same location, generators and optionally storage, with integrated management of the whole.
 
 

EQUIPMENT

Consumer equipment

 

Type of load

 

Voltage level

 

Power

 

Connection type

Distributed in the grid

Upto36kV

>3000kVA

LV side of the transformer

Overhead line

Upto36kV

>400m

MV

Underground line

Upto36kV

>5km

MV

Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station

 

Upto36kV

 

 

LV-MV

Resistive

Upto36kV

4000kW

MV

Capacitive

Upto36kV

6000kVAr

MV

Inductive

Upto36kV

300kVAr

MV

Smart meters

420V

Variable

LV

 

Storage Equipment

 

Storage  technology

 

Voltage level

 

Power

 

Energy

 

Connection type

VRLA-Valve Regulated Lead Acid

30kV

60kW

160kWh

Inverter

 

 

Power control equipment

Network signal generators

 

 

 

Type

 

Voltage level

 

Power

Real grid with 5+2TC

36kV

>3000kVA

 

Generation control equipment

 

Generation technology

 

Voltage level

 

Power

 

Connection type 

MV  distribution  network

Upto36kV

630kVA

Autotransformer

 

Diesel generator

Upto36kV (50/60Hz)

 

630kVA

 

Autotransformer

Photovoltaic plant

Upto36kV

100kW

Inverter

Wind turbine

Upto400V

1000W

Inverter

Short-circuit generator

Upto36kV

2500MVA

Direct

 

 

Simulation control equipment

 

Control algorithms

 

Type

 

Description

SCADA

Grid SCADA and energization control

Diagnosis

Partial Discharges (PD) on-line monitoring

AMI Supervision

LV Smart-meter (>200 units) Management

MV-BPL Control

MV Broadband Power Line Carrier Modems Management

 

 

ELECTRIC SCHEME / IMAGES



 

KNOWLEDGE

Human resources
 
Permanent personnel
 

Academic qualification

Number

of Professionals

Average experience  years

 

Knowledge areas

 

 

 

 

Doctorate

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

16,6

GD, RES, SEN, CABLE, TRAFO, TIC

 

 

 

 

SeniorEngineer

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

7,1

GD, AUTO, VE, BAT, CI SEN, VIDA

 

 

Technicalengineer

 

 

3

 

 

10,6

RES, EPOT, AUTO, TRAFO

Doctorate students

Knowledge area[4]: RES

Average number per year: 1

 

Others (Final project, master, etc.)
Knowledge area4:
GD, RES, AUTO, VE, BAT, SEN Average number per year: 3
 
Others
N.º patents: 4 (annual average)
N.º publications: 5 (annual average)
 

 

 



Knowledge areas: Demand Management (GD), integration of renewable and distributed energy resources (RES), protection and network automation (AUTO), electric vehicle (EV), power electronics (EPOT), storage ( BAT), sensors (SEN), life management (lIFE), smart meters (CI), transformers (TRAFO), conductors (CABLE), information and communication technologies (ICT)
 

PROJECTS

 

 

Acronym-Name

 

Ambit

 

Initial/end year

 

Web

 

Total budget

 

Knowledge area

ERIGRID European 2015/2020 ERIGrid

10M€

AUTO,CI,SEN,RES,TIC

MEAN4SG European 2016/2020 Mean4sg

2,8M€

AUTO,SEN,TIC

GRID4EU

European

2011/2015

Grid4eu

54,5M€

AUTO,CI,SEN,RES,TIC

REDACTIVA National 2015/2018 RedActiva

3,8M€

AUTO,CI,SEN,RES,TIC

MONICA National 2015/2017 Monica

3,1M€

AUTO,CI,SEN,RES,TIC

OPTIMUS National 2014/2016 Optimus

2,7M€

AUTO,SEN,TIC

PRICE-RED

National

2011/2014

SMART-GRID-ES

7,3M€

AUTO,CI,SEN,RES,TIC

MUGIELEC

Regional

2010/2013

SMART-GRID-ES

10M€

VE,EPOT,BAT,TIC

SAREBAT

Regional

2011/2013

N.D.

4,5M€

BAT,RES,VE,CI,TIC

ARGI

Regional

2012/2014

N.D.

4,8M€

AUTO,SEN,TIC

POWINMOD Regional 2015/2017 Powinmod

4,2M€

AUTO,SEN,RES,TIC

 

 

 


[5] Regional, National, European, …
 
The UDEX serves to develop new products and services in areas such as renewable energy, electric vehicles and smart grids. Among others, new control systems and / or energy management systems, integrated network diagnostic system, active demand management systems, reactive power compensation systems, etc. can be tested.
 
 

Future plans

Over the coming years, it is probable that new technologies and standards in the field of smartgrids and power electronics will be developed. In anticipation of these developments, the necessary space and connections to install the required equipment to develop these technologies are available.