Iberdrola is seeking alliances to enhance incident detection in its distribution networks

Madrid, November 24 (European Press) –

Iberdrola, through its start-up program Persep, seeks solutions that allow early detection of incidents in utilities and switching center teams responsible for voltage modulation so that end users can benefit from the energy.

The mission is to improve the quality of service by reducing accidents in the supply and in the facilities themselves, the energy company reported.

With its goal of continuing progress in electrifying and decarbonizing the economies of the countries in which it is present, the electricity company headed by Ignacio Sánchez Galán has launched a challenge to improve the operation of its conversion centers.

These are key in the process of distributing electricity across the grid, because they are responsible for adjusting the voltage so that end users can use the power in their homes or businesses.

Iberdrola has more than 400,000 switching centers in the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Spain, with more than 1.5 million medium to low voltage distribution transformers, built and operated to provide high quality and reliable service to approximately 31 million electricity supply points.

The challenge was launched under the new Smart Grid Innovation Centre, the Smart Grid Global Innovation Center, which Iberdrola has made a global benchmark in smart grids.

The aim of this center is to encourage open collaboration and collaboration between technicians from the Iberdrola Group’s electrical distribution company, i-DE, suppliers, start-ups and various institutions from around the world.

27,000 million will be allocated to networks between 2023 and 2025

Network business is critical to Iberdrola, which announced at its Capital Markets and Environmental and Social Corporate Governance Day on November 9 that it would allocate 57% of the total €47,000m in investments planned between 2023 and 2025 to that region – around €27,000m. -.

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The network digitization process implemented by Iberdrola allows centers to acquire new equipment to monitor installation conditions and critical equipment, such as medium voltage cells, the low voltage panel and the digital equipment itself.

This information makes it possible to perform preventative maintenance, detect anomalies, avoid dangerous situations, and anticipate possible failures and accidents.

Thus, projects must detect any public alarm signal at conversion centers, coming from carbon dioxide levels, temperature, humidity or eventually flooding. It may also rely on optical and thermal cameras.

In addition to the sensor system, companies that wish to participate must propose data processing and alarm management.

The challenge will also appreciate the incorporation of advanced technologies, such as thermal infrared, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence, among others.

The team of experts of the Iberdrola Network will be responsible for the selection of this solution or innovative solutions that allow early recognition of incidents in the transfer centers.

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