Technology Innovation Plan

The Technology Innovation Plan establishes and develops the company’s priorities. Innovation and technology are key to changing the way we conduct our activity and stay abreast of the needs of our customers, turning ideas into services that guarantee an efficient, sustainable and safe energy supply.

Our innovation model  works with two  complementary focuses: “Push” for the development of technology solutions and “Pull” to promote and drive the open innovation ecosystem to find business opportunities, ideas and talent.


 

Collaboration platforms

 

 The company participates internationally, we work with associations and forums such as Eurelectric, American Gas Association (AGA), Eurogas, International Gas Union (IGU) ,

 In Spain, we participate in platforms for electricity grids (FutuRed), energy efficiency (PTE-EE), smart cities (GICI) and the Alliance for Energy Innovation in Spain (ALINNE).

Innovative culture


 Innovation is part of our business culture and it is one of our driving forces for development, updated based on our Strategic Vision 2016-2020 for the group. 

  Innovation and technology are key to changing our activity and keeping abreast of the needs of the customers, as well as to guarantee an efficient, sustainable and safe supply.

Technology lines

  • Partnerships


    We participate in sector forums and associations,  enabling us to talk with the leading experts in each area of technology and weave networks and future partnerships with the agents of innovation

  •   LNG

    We work to strengthen the transport, storage and distribution infrastructure for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to make it an alternative to oil-based fuels.  

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  •  Generation

    In power generation, we focus on the development and optimisation of areas such as: renewables and storage and emissions reduction and efficiency in thermoelectric generation.

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  •    Grids

    We are behind promoting the value of gas networks and the development of 4.0 electricity grids. - integration of renewables and smart management-. Meanwhile, we promote obtaining natural gas from renewable resources. 


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  •   Customers

    Smart Client promotes the generation of high added value products and services. It also drives energy efficiency and the use of  renewable natural gas in transport.


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  •   Automation


    An  across-the-board work area of the company that includesinspectingassets with drones, smart data management and automation, as well as sensorisation, loT. 


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We are working on


Renewable natural gas
 


LNG for maritime transport


LNG for rail transport

 


Natural Gas for Vehicles
 

 
Energy efficiency

 


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Projects

  • LNG

    DirectLink LNG (2016-2017)
     

    The Floating Universal Transfer System (UTS) is a patented comprehensive solution for ship-to-shore LNG transferring and bunkering, as an alternative to the costly traditional infrastructures (port and jetty) and with a minimal environmental impact.
     

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  • Grids

    Life Metamorphosis
     

    LIFE Methamorphosis aims to show, on an industrial scale, two innovative systems for waste treatment, Umbrella and Methagro, for the production of biomethane within the framework of promoting renewable energies and mitigating the greenhouse effect.
     

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  • Grids

    Mixed Renewable Gas Unit (2016-2019)


    The main objective of the Mixed Renewable Gas Unit is to increase knowledge on the biomethane production processes (Renewable Gas) in the urban wastewater treatment plant and food industrywastewater treatment plant sector, focusing on injection into the network.
     
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  • Grids  

    RIS3CAT CoSin: synthetic fuels

    Development of an alternative for synthetic gases (based on biogenic coal) as large-scale energy storage elements to promote greater intensity in the use of renewable energies. 


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  • Grids

    Smart Green Gas  (2014 – 2018)


    Study on the purification of the biogas obtained from waste treatment plants and its conversion to high-qualitybiomethane, with 95% concentration, to be injected into the gas network or used as automotive fuel


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  • Networks

    Power2biomethane
     


    This involves developing an entirely renewable biomethane power generation system based on CO2 and electricity taken from renewable energy surplus dumps through a bioelectro-chemical process in Microbial Electro-chemical System (MES) batteries.

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  • Networks

    Maige
     

    This project forms part of a medium-term strategy to develop advanced monitoring systems for gas and electricity distribution grids and facilities, thereby increasing the safety and reliability of maintenance and supply activities.


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  • Grids 

    SEDA Project


    The SEDA project is one of the most advanced electricity supply systems in the world, offering new services to customers, reinforcing supply quality and informing the user about incidents on the grid. 


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  • Client

    PIDIM (2017-2019)
     


    A smart platform for the design of distributed power generation facilities for energy rehabilitation in buildings with significant consumption such as hotels, offices, schools, sport centres and premises.

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  • Client

    GrowSmarter (2015 - 2019)
     

    GrowSmarter is a European project that seeks to apply a combination of technologies to promote energy savings, a reduction in the environmental impact and improved quality of life in Smart City environments as a pilot.  

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  • Client

    COFAST (2014-2018)
     

    The goal is to develop and launch a new solution for quick-charge stations for electric vehicles. The energy to be supplied to vehicles will come from a small-scale cogeneration system run on natural gas. 

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  • Client

    ReUseHeat (2017-2019)
     
     
    To reduce the conventional energy required by buildings by using residual heat, this project aims to develop and demonstrate heat recovery technologies in urban settings.
     

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  • Smart Client

    DiPCa Project (2017-2018)


    The DiPCa project focuses on being able to create a predictive diagnostics system for frequent errors in residential gas wall boilers, based on multivariable sensors, enabling the optimisation of the service offered to our customers. 
     

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  • Automation

    Virtual reality for training in high-risk jobs


    Virtualreality simulator for training operators in gas and electric distribution and shared services units. The virtual environment enables training on dangerous jobs without the inconveniences of a real environment

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