Respecting the 2015 Paris Summit and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 means completing the energy transition while promoting a decarbonized economic model whose foundation is renewable energy. Other measures, such as self-consumption, must also be encouraged to meet the growing need for large energy storage systems.
The Red Electrica Group founded Elewit in 2019 after deciding that technology would be the best tool to address these challenges. It serves as the technological platform that develops innovative solutions and projects based on the most current technology. This helps to materialize the two great transformations in the world today.
Dalia and Saga are two of the innovations that have emerged from this innovation laboratory. These developments will help it face the new challenges that the model change presents for electricity networks. It is essential that asset management and maintenance be done in a way that is technologically advanced, which allows for greater reliability and availability of the networks, and also creates greater efficiency.
Dalia, an acronym for "Detecting Anomalies In Lines Inspection Automatically", aims to automate and simplify visual inspections of power lines at Red Electrica de Espana in order to optimize maintenance. It is therefore a project that will develop a prototype drone to take photos of these lines. These images will then be processed by AI algorithms and computer vision. This will help to detect possible anomalies. It is being developed by Red Electrica de Espana professionals and SigmaRail startup along with other technical partners.
AI systems are also used to create the Saga platform, which is a pioneer in electricity sector. It was developed by Red Electrica de Espana professionals. It allows companies that manage electricity infrastructure to transform their asset management models. This allows companies to evolve their inspection, maintenance, and renovation strategies in order to improve their planning. They can take more effective decisions and ensure maximum reliability of their networks.
Elewit and Red Electrica also work in a great area: developing innovative tools and solutions that allow for greater flexibility in operating the electrical system. This is crucial in an era of increasing penetration of renewable energy and the consolidation of self-consumption.
One example is the IoT platform for self-consumption that seeks to develop a photovoltaic of low energy (less than 1MW) as a means of achieving this goal. This project will create a panel of self consumers with a representative sample in Spain for self-consumption to determine generation and impact of storage on consumption patterns. These data are not available today in Spain and would be extremely valuable in order to operate the system in its function of guaranteeing balance between generation and demand, especially in future scenarios. The FlexiDAO startup will enable it to incorporate blockchain technology.