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Av. Pinoa, 10 48170 Zamudio (Vizcaya)
Fecha: 02/04/2013


Jorge Cardenas / David Menéndez
91 663 2576 (Jorge C.) / 91 623 2852 (David M.),
Av. Pinoa, 10 48170 Zamudio (Vizcaya)


Ubication: Av. Pinoa, 10 48170 Zamudio (Vizcaya)
Year of creation: 2000
Description:Our Technology Centre for the development of smart grids in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, which is located in the Spanish town of Zamudio, boasts an RTDS
supports visits: Si
Function Microred: No [2]
Island funtion: N/A

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Our Technology Centre for the development of smart grids in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, which is located in the Spanish town of Zamudio, boasts an RTDS (Real Time Digital Simulator) system in order to conduct studies in real time by means of closed-loop control. This simulator allows us to carry out dynamic studies on highly complex power systems, as well as validating protection, control and communication systems.

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[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.




N.º patents: 1 (2012-2013)
N.º publications: 5 (2011-2013)
  • Differential Protection for Power Transformers with Non-Standard Phase Shifts.
  • Implementation of a Special Protection System (SPS) in the Interphase between the Turkish and ENTSO-E Power Systems to counteract propagation of Major Disturbances
  • IEC61850 9-2 Process Bus: Operational Experiences in a Real Environment.
  • Impact of CT Errors on Protective Relays - Case Studies and Analysis.
  • Inter-Area Oscillation Detection by Modern Digital Relay.
  • Advanced Load Shedding, Load Restoration and Substation Control.
  • Schemes based on IEC 61850 in Distribution Substations.
  • Distributed Automatic Transfer Bus and Restoration using IEC61850.
  • Impact of Network Protection in the prevention of Major Events in the Power System.
  • SmartGrid. What is really behind this word?
  • Application and Operational Experience of the IEC 61850.


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Knowledge area5: AUTO Average number per year: 2

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)




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[5] Regional, National, European, …
  • REDNA. The main aim of the project is to develop technological solutions with which to improve isolated neutral grid operation and enhance the quality of the electric supply and the automation of this type of distribution networks (smart grids) in a more financially viable manner. Solutions include improvements in communication systems by means of carrier signals in the medium vol- tage grid. GE’s proposal consists in developing control algorithms, techniques and principles that seek to overcome the challenges posed by the MV distribution grid belonging to GNF for subsequent im- plementation on existing hardware platforms. In order to calculate the distance to the fault in a directional manner and to meet the require- ments of a neutral isolated MV grid (fault currents for earthed single-phase defects below residual load and current, both for faulty and healthy lines), GE proposes the use of a control and protec- tion system based on applying synchrophasers.
  • PROINVER. The overall goal of PROINVER is to develop technological conversion and protection solutions that enable electric grids to adapt to new electrical scenarios characterised by a high level of penetration of distributed generation, thus ensuring supply quality and safety in future grids. GE’s main aim with this project is essentially to create multifunctional protection systems that include synchrophaser measuring, and communications systems that enable the detection of un- desirable island formations in the distributed generation systems, thus ensuring their correct be- haviour and allowing disconnection to be executed in under 500 ms.

Future plans

Plans have been made to extend our facilities. In future they will include microgrid functio- nalities, with the following modules:
  • 5 kW PV (tracker)
  • 3 kW micro wind turbine
  • Energy storage system based on 20 kW Na/Mcl2 battery technology, with its own ma- nagement system
  • 3 x 15 kW hybrid converter
  • GE U90+ microgrid controller
  • Control algorithm: Control prediction method for optimal and economical dispatch of distributed generation, which also takes into account the costs of each generation technology, forecasts and historic data, and even offers the possibility of defining op- timised load shedding.
At a later stage, an EV infrastructure will be installed and fitted with an AMI system. Software solutions will be implemented (GIS, DMS, MDM and demand management) and the existing simulator will be integrated therein for testing purposes.
In the future, isolated operation is envisaged in addition to connection with the public grid. It was initially developed for self-consumption and as a test/trial platform.