Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH

Smart Grids

The new energy model aims to transform the current system into a distributed system, in which any agent that is connected to the network has the ability to provide energy, enabling the creation of micro-generators, so that there is no such direct dependence as the energy generation nowadays. The new model tends to diversify energy sources, increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency and savings.

A Smart Grid is a network that intelligently integrates the actions of the users that are connected to it -generators, consumers and those who are both at the same time-, in order to get a power efficient, safe and sustainable.

The Smart Grids using innovative equipment and services, along with new technologies of communication, control, monitoring and self-diagnosis, help achieve the following objectives:


  • Strengthen and automate the network, improving the operation of the network, the quality indices and losses in the same.
  • Optimize the connection of areas with renewable energy sources, optimizing connection capabilities and minimizing the cost of connection.
  • Develop decentralized generation architectures, allowing the operation of smaller facilities (distributed generation) in harmony with the system.
  • Improve the integration of intermittent generation and storage technologies.
  • Advance the development of the electricity market, enabling new functionality and services to marketers and millions of consumers in the market.
  • Active management of demand, allowing consumers to more efficiently manage their consumption and improving energy efficiency.
  • To facilitate the penetration of electric vehicles, accommodating these new phones and scattered loads the network, minimizing the development of new infrastructure and enabling the energy storage capabilities they possess.


CIT UPC provides companies and institutions knowledge and experience in the field of Smart Grids in:


  • Operation and power system planning.
  • Monitoring systems for advanced maintenance strategies.
  • Intelligent control of the power grid.
  • Safety and quality of electricity supply.
  • Energy efficiency.
  • Network integration of renewable energies.
  • Analysis of the impact of electric vehicles on power grid.


Energy and Environmental Technologies