Grids

 


The main activity in this  area focuses on achieving greater optimisation in grid safety and durability,as well as greater automation and better interaction with the customer.

Gas networks



The company’s main challenges in this line focus on achieving greater network automation (remote action, reduction of shut-offs and interruptions, improved operation and maintenance efficiency and increased energy yield) and greater interaction with the customer (energy efficiency and active demand management).

 Automation of the gas distribution network 


We work in collaboration with technology partners on the development of new low-consumptionsensors that can be deployed in different types of network, taking into consideration the materials and optimising them so that the system can be automated. Likewise, using new techniques and technologies in dataprocessing, which make it possible to process the operationspredictively.


 Small-scale gas distribution


The development of small-scale network models makes it possible to supplysmall population centres far from the transport infrastructures. Likewise, the option of introducing non-conventional gases in the networks will make it possible to draw out circular economies using the gas networks as well.
 

 Energy management


Development of solutions that provide energy management to ensure proper balances in the gas networks. 

  Renewable natural gas


We work on the principles of function and on the benefits of the available technologies to produce biomethane from biogas and from solid biomass to promote the use of renewable natural gas. To do so, we are currently participating in several projects, nationally and in Europe, to obtain natural gas from renewable resources in processes that make it possible to inject it in the naturalgasdistribution network, with suitable quality for industrial or domestic use, for mobility or for power generation.

Renewable natural gas leverages biomass and opens the possibility of distributing and consuming a locally produced gas, reducing foreign energy dependency and contributing to the development of the local economy. There are three lines of action: upgrading biogas (from waste and/or crops); methanation of bio-syngas (from biomass and/or crops) and methanation with hydrogen and carbon dioxide (power to gas).

4.0 electrical grids 



In this area, the company focuses on the digitalisation of the electricitydistributiongrids, turning them into progressively smarter grids. It is also working actively on different initiatives for the integration ofelectric vehicles and their recharginginfrastructure in the distribution networks, minimising their impact.

 Automation of the electricity grids


Automation of the electricity grids, along with technological innovation and interaction with the customer will give rise to a new model of digitalgrid that leverages the deployed digital infrastructure, improving the precision of the information in the grid, providing activemanagement of the infrastructure and including the customer in the information processes.

 

 Integration of renewable generation in the electricity grid


The paradigm shift in electricity distribution and the appearance of two-way flows of power give the distributor a new role in grid operations. Improved observability and controllability of the grids is crucial for the integration of these energy flows, giving the distributor optimum management.


 Energy Management


The company is working to develop solutions that enable energy management to ensure proper balances of the same in the electricity grid, as well as improving the detection of fraud, lowering the cost of that detection and transferring the best results between the different pilots.

 

 Electric vehicles


We are working to make it possible for electric vehicles to become a reality, helping to provide cleaner air in the cities. Throughout 2017, the focus has been on the following objectives: impact analysis of the electric vehicle on the distribution network and development of businessmodels to offer recharging
 

 

Projects

  • Renewable natural gas

    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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  • Renewable natural gas

    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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  • Renewable natural gas

    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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  • Renewable natural gas

    Power2Biomethane (2016-2019)

    This initiative develops a renewablebiomethane-generation system based on CO2 and electricity coming from renewable-energy spillage through a bio-electrochemical process in batteries, called the Microbial Electrochemical System (MES).

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  • Renewable natural gas

    Maige 

     
    This project is part of the medium-term strategy for developing advance monitoring systems for gas- and electricity-distribution grids and facilities, increasing the safety and reliability of maintenance and supply.

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  • Renewable Natural Gas 

    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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  • 4.0 Electrical 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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  • Gas networks

    Smart Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    (2016 – 2018)

    The second phase of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions project analyses the methods of estimating the methaneemissions from the gas distribution network in Europe and to establish the best practices with a common European focus on that calculation.

  • Gas networks

    ENSO. (Energy for Smart Objects)

    Demonstration of solutionsin microbatteries and harvesting to manage the power on independent IoTdevices based on technologies developed previously, for which there are already pre-series manufacturing capabilities.
  • Gas networks

    Connection valve (2014-2017)

    Design of a valve and lift assembly to facilitate the proven transition links between the valve and the Polyethylene (PE) pipe. The solution reduces the risk of accidental leaks and also decreasesconstructiontimes and costs. 
  • Renewable natural gas

    Arazuri Project (2017)

    This pilot project has produced biomethane at the water treatment plant in Arazuri, Navarre. The biomethane was used with 100% of the biomethane successfully in three buses in the regional service for Pamplona and two rubbish collection lorries.
  • Renewable natural gas

    Project Elena (2017-2018)

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    he purpose of this project is to leveragethe biogas generated at the Elena landfill in Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia, consisting of manufacturing biomethane for injection in the medium-pressure natural gas network. 
  • 4.0 Electrical Grids. 

    OSIRIS 
    (2014-2017)


    The purposes of the project are to optimise the functionalities provided by the smart networks, learning about incidents in communication for the equipment for remote management and improved electrical power supply quality in the case of breakdown. 

  • 4.0 Electrical Grids. 

    Red ACTIVA
    (2015-2018)

    Its main purpose is to optimise the automation ofthe smart network and to improve efficiency. It provides solutionsto operating alterations and adds functionalities to the equipment. The first automationpilotshave already been developed in the LV grid. 
  • 4.0 Electrical Grids. 

    Automation in Panama
    (2017-2019)
    This project focuses on improving the observability and controllability of the distribution network, as well as the automation of the network, implementing remote meter management. There is also a faultdetectionpilot on the MV aerial lines. 
  • 4.0 Electrical Grids. 

    BIM
    (2017-2019)

    BIM is a workmethodology that generates and optimally manages the data from a project in a building or an infrastructure from the start. Naturgy is applying this technology in the design of substations
  • 4.0 Electrical Grids. 

    Compact Substation
    (2016-2017)

    Design of an ultracompact substation based on connectable modular systems where each module transports elements of construction and electrical equipment to the destination, where they are coupled to the building.

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