Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH

Smart router for energy distribution

The Centre for Technological Innovation in Static Converters and Drives (CITCEA UPC), in collaboration with its spin-off Teknocea, has developed a smart system called IDPR (Intelligent Distribution Power Router).

This device can be used to address congestion and instability in the low voltage grid for the integration of renewable energies and distributed generation, new loads such as electric vehicles and storage systems. The device can also be used to manage batteries, so it has great potential in self-consumption environments and in future situations that could make way for changes in the regulatory framework for the energy sector.

The system has a greater capacity to supply the low voltage grid if the high voltage grid fails, which increases the reliability and quality of the supply. In addition, the IDPR is an excellent solution to improve the quality of supply to weak networks in rural environments that require considerable investment to improve them.

This innovation is one of the results of the Smart Rural Grid EU project, developed in conjunction with the company Estabanell Energia.

The project received funding in the fourth call for the “Knowledge Industry” programme, promoted by the Government of Catalonia’s Secretariat for Universities and Research in the Product phase, for the creation of prototypes and to recognise and transfer teams’ research results. The programme is also funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The IDPR won an award in the latest edition of the CEEC Catalan Energy Efficiency Cluster as the best business technology project in the Product category.

 

More information: Jordi Martín
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer
Phone: (+34) 93 405 46 90
Email: info.cit@upc.edu