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  • LEMUR Laboratory for Enhanced Microgrid Unbalanced Research, FC-GRUPIN-IDI/2018/000241. Agency: Government of the Principality of Asturias. Principal Investigator: Cristina González-Moran, Amount: 135.300,00€, 2018-2020. This is a request for aid to support activities carried out by research groups in the Principality of Asturias during 2018-2019 on a competitive basis. The suggested challenges by the Lemur research group for the 2018-2020 trienium are aimed at consolidating current lines of research, relating to the integral management of electrical energy systems and at incorporating new research lines already started. Thus, among the lines in which the group has forged its trajectory the following ones must be highligted: Implementation of new power converter topologies for the integration distributed resources into the network. Development of distributed control systems for the integration of distributed resources in electrical networks and micogrids. Generalization of algorithms for the calculation of load flows for real time applications in DC/AC hybrid networks. New hybrid DC/AC networks architectures that allow a reduction in the number of energy conversions stoges needed to connect loads and distributed generation systems. 
  • SIBALI Simulación de Baterías de Litio-ion, MCIU-18-RTC-2017-6338-3, Main researcher: Pablo García Fernández. (01/01/2018-31/12/2021) Agency: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. Amount: 131.464,88€. The aim of this project is to find a methodology to achive an adequate dimensioning of a storage system for a given application. To do this, it is necessary to be able to model the system since intuitive sizing or sizing based on independent variables in unfeasible. This modeling has several "layers" as they are: Electrical simulation: it must be able to reproduce the electrical behaviour of the lithium-ion cells used. Thermal simulation: it must be able to show the thermal behaviour of the cells especially in their integration in the Battery pack. Electrochemical simulation: predicting the degradation of the cells due to cyclability or ageing is crucial in order to be able to assess the operating cost of the storage system. System simulation: consists of integrating the simulations of the different elements of a storage system (cells, control electronics, envelopes, power electronics) with special focus on their interfaces. Economic simulation: an economic dimensioning is proposed that allows to obstain the optimum between performance and cost. 
  • Gestión integral de energía eléctrica en elevadores y pasarelas  “Proof of Concept”, (Integral management of electrical energy in elevators and walkways) (SV-PA-17-RIS3-3), 2017/00144/001, Main researcher: Jorge García. Thyssenkrupp Innovation Center and IDEPA INSTITUTO DE DESARROLLO ECONOMICO DEL PRINCIPADO DE ASTURIAS . June 2017 to June, 2018 (30000€). A feasibility study of an integral energy management system for applications of interest to Thyssenkrupp (elevators/walkways) was carried out, including the following aspects: to analyze the performance of different types of key energy storage technologies in the target applications; to difine the amount of required data to implement control strategies for the optimization of the system operation; to analyze the feasibility of implementing control and diagnostic algorithms; to adapt system visualization tools, to help in decisión making procedures. The development begins from the previous lines of research: Development of a 300KVa AC microgrid, with distributed generation, storage, load emulation and distributed sensors system; development of integral electrical energy management solutions for industrial applications; improvement of energy efficiency based on date management techniques and cloud computing; development of simulators and visualización of AC/DC power microgrids.
  • SIETEC Development of a cloud computing based system for the improvement of energy eficiency in buildings, RTC-2016-4792-3. Agency: Science and Innovation Ministry (Spanish Government), Principal Investigator: Pablo Arboleya and Pablo García, Amount: 185k€, 2017-2019.In this project, building automation techniques will be merged with cloud computing engineering in order to create a tool able to monitor and classify the behaviour of the customers in terms of electrical energy consumption, the tool will be also recommend changes in the user behaviour or tariff in order to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of the electricity. All the information will be codified in an application that can be accessible on line by means of a mobile terminal.
  • CONCILIATOR Energy conversion technologies in resilient hybrid AC/DC distribution networks,ENE2016-77919-R . Agency: Economy and Competitiveness Ministry (Spanish Government), Principal Investigator: Pablo Arboleya and Jorge García, Amount: 200k€, 2017-2019. Project CONCILIATOR proposes new power distribution alternatives based on hybrid DC/AC distribution schemes for addressing some of the existing issues on pure AC and DC networks. Namely, the project will improve the efficiency of the integration of Distributed Resources (DR), such as distributed generation with renewables, energy storage, responsive loads, etc.; it will boost the grid stability and resiliency; and, finally, it will allow a cost reduction in the installations of prosumers facilities, thus having a positive impact on the sustainable and environmental-friendly development.
  • MICROHOLO Development of a Holistic and Systematical Approach to AC Microgrids Design and Management, ENE2013-44245-R. Agency: Economy and Competitiveness Ministry (Spanish Government), Principal Investigator: Pablo García, Cristina González, Amount: 205k€, 2014-2016. This project is conceived to propose operating solutions to boost the deployment of AC microgrids (uG) as a key tool for changing the electrical energy distribution paradigm towards Distribution Generation (DG). The project approaches the AC uG subject from two aspects; one covering the analysis, development and implementation of power converter (PEC) structures based on multiport Solid State Transformer (SST) for the integration of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) in the distribution electrical network; while the other research field deals with the inclusion of these converters into the uG general management scheme, considering the analysis of the power flow constraints and the reliability issues that arise.
  • LEMUR Laboratory for Enhanced Microgrid Unbalanced Research, FC-15-GRUPIN14-127. Agency: Government of the Principality of Asturias. Principal Investigator: Pablo Arboleya, Amount: 80k€, 2015-2016. In this project a comprehensive test-bench microgrid is developed for multiple purposes, among others, the study of the impact of the renewable energy penetration over the distribution networks. New distribution and control schemes based in Hybrid AC/DC distribution will be proposed and tested. The microgrid will be equipped with load emulators, solid state transformer, distributed generators emulators connected to the grid through power converters and storage systems.
  • Measurement and Monitoring system for an STATCON with energy storage for transitory compensation of grid frequency, UNOV-13-EMERG-GIJON-01.  Agency:Gijón city hall. Principal Investigator: Cristina González, Amount: 4.7k€, 2010-2013. The aims of this project were the development of a power converter for interfacing electric vehicles for charging purposes, studing the paralell conection of several converters, characterizing the batteries and developing a control system for the whole system.
  • SIENER Energetic management technologies for railway applications, MICINN-10- IPT-370000-2010-15. Agency: Science and Innovation Ministry (Spanish Government), Principal Investigator: Pablo Arboleya, Amount: 366k€, 10/01/10-07/31/13. The main objective of the Siener project, led by the company CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, SA), is to develop new systems to optimize the energy demand management at grid and vehicle levels in DC railway systems, increasing the ratio of energy use to levels close to (100%), by combining various technological developments. The role of the University of Oviedo was the development of a precise simulation software including the conventional trains and substations, but also including more complex systems including regenerative braking, on-board accumulation, reversible substations and accumulation systems connected directly to the DC network.
  • Representation, planning and optimization of islanded microgrids based in renewable energy using stability and economical criteria, MICINN-10-ENE2010-14899. Agency: Science and Innovation Ministry (Spanish Government), Amount: 120k€, 01/01/11- 12/31/13. This project was focused in the study and development of management strategies for stand-alone- droop-controlled microgrids, mainly supplied by renewal energies (specifically wind energy and photovoltaics). The study was faced from both technical and economical points of view, taking into account the intermittent nature of renewal energy resources. The stability was analyzed by means of small-signal techniques, making possible to determine the stability margins of the system for different operating scenarios.
  • ELEVTRA Training professionals for the maintenance of EVs and charging stations, (Leonardo da Vinci Program), Agency: European Commission, Principal investigator: Jorge García, Amount: 85k€, 01/10/11-09/30/14. The main objective of ELEVTRA is to develop a comprehensive, international and standardized training programme on the maintenance and repair of Electric Vehicles (EV) and charging stations (CS). The project addresses a number of challenges that are crucial for the development of the electro-mobility technologies. A professional profile specialised in electric mobility, battery recharge stations and related maintenance engineering according to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) was defined and a set of training tools, methodology and training materials following the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) were generated for being used in an e-learnig platform.
  • ENERLIGHT - High efficiency public lighting research, including storage and generation capacity in autonomous or grid connected mode., MICINN-10-DPI2010- 15889, Agency: Science and Innovation Ministry (Spanish Government), Amount: 200k€, 11/01/2010-10/31/2013. This project aims to research into new electronic solutions for high efficiency street lighting systems, incorporating energy generation and storage capabilities, and covering the possibility of autonomous operation and delivery of energy to the electrical power grid. This research will be realized by means of the construction of a demonstrator of an autonomous public lighting system, as well as a power generator system capable of delivering energy to the grid.
  • Development and implementation of technological solutions for the 2025 Spanish grid, MICINN-09-PSS-120000-2009-28-30 Agency: Science and Innovation Ministry (Spanish Government), Amount: 255k€, 01/12/09-04/31/11. The aim of this project was to design, specify and develop technological solutions enabling the optimisation of the distribution system by integrating distributed generation, accumulation and consumption. It was based in 5 different lines of action; Power electronics applications for controlling the grid, Optimal integration of distributed resources, Electricity storage, New network applications based on superconductor materials, Managing information in smart grids. The consortium was formed by 45 entities (5 electricity transport and distribution companies, 25 manufacturers and 15 PRIs). The role of the University of Oviedo was related with the transient modelling of different FACTS devices and the analysis of the impact of these devices in the Spanish network
  • HIDROTOR: Microhidraulic generation systems, IPT-2012-0040-120000 Agency: Science and Innovation Ministry (Spanish Government), Amount: 345k€, 01/01/08- 12/31/11. This project deals with the design and manufacturing of an Archimedes Screw for electricity generation. The project goals for the LEMUR members are the design of electric drive and the control system to allow the system efficiently inject the produced electricity into the grid while keeping the water turbine at its power peak.
  • CETICA Project: The Eco Technological City. Steel-based industrialization for a more sustainable urban habitat, CENIT-07-ARCELOR-1 Agency: Science and Innova- tion Ministry (Spanish Government), Amount: 150k€, 10/31/07-12/31/10. The main objective of the CETICA project is the design and development of a new sustainable building model taking into account energy efficiency, ecological sustainability and end user aspects. The project focuses not only the development of new materials and building systems based on steel, but also in the integration of ICT solutions. Part of this large project, the ambient intelligent activity, aims to develop ambient intelligent systems to make living more comfortable and safe. To achieve this goal the components of the house will be equipped with the latest information technologies (such as sensor networks) designed to respond proactively to the needs of each individual (elderly, children, etc.). The role of the University of Oviedo in this project was the design, modelling and testing the proposed smart microgrids used for feeding the new buildings.
  • DENISE Project: Smart, Safe and Efficient Energy Distribution, CENIT-07-DENISE Agency: Science and Innovation Ministry (Spanish Government), Amount: 285k€, 21/03/07-12/31/10. A National consortium of 16 companies and 9 research institutions united to perform research and development of enabling technologies and information systems oriented to solve the challenges of a new generation of active energy distribution networks. The total budget was 24 million euros. The main objectives were the identification of future scenarios of active distribution networks, Research and develop enabling technologies, algorithms, and hardware applied to network operation, energy efficiency and distributed generation
  • Characterization of the injection transformer and its control in generation and compensation systems fed simultaneously by a distributed generation source, MEC-07- DPI2007-62577 Agency: Science and Education Ministry (Spanish Government), Amount: 65k€, 10/01/07-09/30/10. In this project, new designs for power transformers with special applications where proposed, analysed, modelled and developed. These special applications were related with power transformers for interfacing distributed generators to the grid and connecting to the grid other devices such as Dynamic Voltage Restorers (DVR). A new design was proposed and tested relating this application to remove the risk of saturation in the power transformer when a voltage sag occurs and it is being compensated.
  • Study for creating an energy management system in weak distribution grids working on isolated mode, CN-07-120 Agency: FYCIT (Regional Asturian Government) - Solar Kuantica SL, Principal Investigator: Pablo Arboleya and Cristina González-Morán, Amount: 35k€, 01/01/07-12/31/07. This project had as the main objectives the study of the existing microgrids topologies to evaluate the possibilities of working under islanded mode of operation from the main grid. This study permitted the development of a power management system as well as several control strategies to be used into the converters that connected the distributed generators to the electrical microgrid.
  • BENAPI2: Electronic ballasts for non-resonant metal halide lamps adaptated to automated industrial production, MEC DPI2007-61522 Spanish Goverment, Principal Investigator: Jorge García, Amount: 97k€, 12/01/2006-12/01/2010. This project explores the possibility of achieving stabilization in high frequency operation of metal halide lamps of 35 W. This stabilization is achieved through the use of ballasts for high-frequency square wave, with digital control system, and integrated starter. The digital control is implemented by means of low cost microcontrollers, and by integrating the stages in a single module to achieve a competitive product. The starter approach used for this type of lamp is very new, using a non-resonant inverter in series with a resonant starter.
  • Neural network assisted optimization and design of induction motors through a deterministic/stochastic combination, FC-04-PC-54 Agency: FYCIT (Regional Asturian Government), Amount: 25k€, 01/13/05-12/31/06. This project was the generalization of an optimization procedure for designing new induction motors starting with the parameters of old designs. It was done in collaboration with ABB and several designs were proposed, tested and incorporated to the ABB commercial brochures using this procedure.
  • Power transformers transient response characterization and its application to the insulation in Clarke space, MEC-04-DPI2004-03573 Agency: Science and Technology Ministry (Spanish Government), Amount: 55k€, 12/15/04-12/15/07. In this project the problem of differential protection during the connection transient of power transformers was analyzed and solved using the multiresolution wavelet analysis (MRA) of the Park/Clarke vector. The obtained method is valid for recognising internal faults in power transformers even during the inrsuh transient, in a very fast and simple way. The method was patented by the University of Oviedo
  • UPLIGHT: Using piezoelectric transformers in lighting applications , G1ST-CT- 2002-50304 European Commission. Brite-Euram (Craft Version), Amount: 213k€, 03/01/2003-08/01/2005. This project explored the applicability of piezoelectric transformers in electronic lighting systems. After detecting potential target applications based on piezoelectric technology, the design of some devices was carried out for lighting systems.
  • New electromagnetic models of power transformers with internal short-circuits for its application in predictive maintenance, MCT-01-DPI-3814 Agency: Science and Education Ministry (Spanish Government), Amount: 35k€, 10/01/2002-03/31/2004. In this project a new model for simulating internal faults in power transformer during the transient start-up was developed, tested and validated. The method assumed that the fault is generated by a fictitious winding so the rest of the machine is modelled as a sound winding transformer. The use of this model was very useful in further projects to understand the mechanisms of the internal faults and develop a method to detect them.


  • Sistema híbrido de compensación de potencia reactiva para aplicaciones de baja tensión, SV-15-GIJON-1-12, Geographical area: Regional. Agency:  Instituto Universitario de Tecnología Industrial de Asturias (IUTA, University Research Institute), Gijón, Principality of Asturias, Spain. Principal Investigator: Jose Manuel Cano, Amount: 3.000 €, 01/01/2015-31/12/2015.
  • Simulador de red regenerativo, UNOV13-2E-2519. Agency: Economy and Competitiveness Ministry (Spanish Government), Principal Investigator: Jose Manuel Cano, Amount: 55.472 €, 01/01/2013-31/12/2015. T
Private Funding 

  • Desarrollo de un sistema de sensorless para DFIG (DFIGLESS). FUO-100-19. From 12 January 2019 to 12 January 2020. Siemens-Gamesa. Main researcher: Pablo García. 36.810,12€.
  • SVMAC. " Plataforma SVMAC para agricultura de precisión SVMAC P4PA". FUO-125-19. From 02 March 2019 to 02 Sep 2019. Main researcher: Pablo García. 10.000€.
  • INNEGEN. Desarrollo de herramientas para la gestión energética a nivel de edificio integrando los distintos equipos de transporte de personas y otras cargas/generadores del edificio. FUO-Thyssenkrup Elevator Innovation Center. Main researcher: Jorge García García. From 10/December 2018 to 30 April 2019. FUO-18-397. 18000€. 
  • GSPRO. Gestión e Innovación en Eficiencia Energética S.L, FUO-374-18. Main Researcher: Pablo García. November 2018 to November 2019. FUO (Fundación Universidad de Oviedo) y Gesinne S.L.  The proposal of this Project is addressed to the evaluation of alternatives for the development of an AC/AC converter with operation in the four quadrants for regulation of active/reactive power in distribution networks. The proposa contemplates topological alternatives that deserve to be evaluated, the development of the power system with the topology finally selected, the development of the control system, the implementation of the control algorithms and the evaluation of the system into a micro-network in the lab. 70.576,63€
  • Test and validation of Railway Infrastructure Simulation Software,  Main researcher: Pablo Arboleya.  CAF and FUO. 
    2018. 5.400€.
  • Development of a visual analytics tool for analysing and representing the on-board electrical network of the vehicles,  Main researcher: Pablo Arboleya.  SEAT and FUO. 
    2018 - 2020. 154.000€.  
  • Simulación de almacenamiento eléctrico, FUO-211-17, Main researcher: Pablo García.  ArcelorMittal ESPAÑA, S.A. and FUO.
    May 2017 to May 2018.  
  • Test and Validation of Railway Infrastructure Simulation SoftwareFUO-143-18. Main Researcher: Pablo Arboleya. CAF TURNKEY ENGINEERING and FUO. May 1st, 2018, Oct 31st, 2018. 5347
  • Desarrollo de un sistema de gestión de energía para aplicaciones domésticas e industriales, FUO-156-18. Main Researchers: Pablo García, Jorge García. Cegasa Portable Energy S.L.U and FUO. Apr 28, 2018, Apr 28, 2019. 89.059.81€
  • Análisis y diseño de alternativas para transformadores en drivers de potenciaFUO-178-17, Main researcher: Jorge García. ELECTRÓNICA Y COMUNICACIONES NOROESTE, S.L. and FUO.
    April to July, 2017
  • Diseño de drivers para IGBTS de potenciaFUO-193-17, Main researcher: Jorge García. ELECTRÓNICA Y COMUNICACIONES NOROESTE, S.L. and FUO.
    April to July, 2017 
  • Modelado de parques renovables para cumplimiento de códigos de red de alta exigenciaFUO-285-17, Main researcher: Pablo García. GAMESA ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS, S.L.. and FUO.
    July to September, 2017 
  • Integración de la medida y el diagnóstico de variables eléctricas en un equipo para la monitorización de turbinas eólicas, FUO-111-17, Main researcher: Pablo García. Twave S.L. and FUO.
    March to October, 2017 Amount: 9.976 €.
  • Desarrollo del sistema de comunicaciones de un convertidor de potencia para aplicaciones de redes aisladas, FUO-118-17, Main researcher: Pablo García. Cegasa Portable Energy S.L.U. and FUO.
    March to September, 2017 Amount: 23.622 €.
  • Development of control and management systems for Li-Ion Battery modules, FUO-269-16, Main researcher: Pablo García. Cegasa Portable Energy and FUO. This projects is focused on the implementation of a new hardware architecture for the global battery management system, including system interface with modules BMS, implementation of SOC and SOH algorithms. The system will be implemented in a custom embedded system also developed during the project.
    July to December, 2016 Amount: 24.000 €.
  • Testing platform for diagnosis of power converters (inverters) in industrial applications, FUO-194-16, Main researchers: Pablo García, Jorge García. Electrónica de Comunicaciones Noroeste and FUO. This project is focused on the design of a flexible test platform that can be interfaced with a variety of industrial power converters for diagnostic purposes. The works include the design of the hardware and the control system.
    08/06/2016 to 08/08/2016. Amount: 5.000 €.
  • Pilot Plant for energy Storage, FUO-170-16, Main researcher:Pablo García. ArcelorMittal Innovación Investigación e Inversión S.L This project is focused on the study of energy storage alternatives for milling process. The tasks include the state of the art, analysis of different process recorded data for the selection of the suitable energy storage system, design and construction of the power converter, integration with the hybrid energy storage system and programming of the control algorithms for the system.
    15/04/2016 TO 14/12/2016. Amount: 45.000 €.
  • Development of a control and monitorig aplication for a stationary battery Ion-Li system, FUO-086-16, Main researcher:Pablo García. CEGASA PORTABLE ENERGY S.L.U. In this project, the monitoring application for a Li-Ion battery has been developed. The task included the development of the communication system using CANopen, real-time monitoring, database design and graphical use interface.
    01/03/2016 TO 01/08/2016. Amount: 6.000 €.
  • Test and design of power devices, FUO-EM-276-15, Main researchers: Pablo García and Jorge Garcia. ELECTRÓNICA Y COMUNICACIONES NOROESTE, S.L.. Amuont: 10.000 €.
  • Lithium Ion Batteries modeling in MATLAB, FUO-EM-191-15 Gamesa Electric Power Systems S.L. , Principal Investigator: Pablo García, Amount: 3.000 €. 29/04/2015-28/06/2015. The aim of this project is the development of comlex models for the inclusion or Energy Storage Systems in the Electrical Power Systems. The project is especically focused on Ion Lithium Batteries and the sofware used for modeling is MATLAB.
  • Large Scale Integration of Wind Power in the Nordic Power System, FUO-EM-051-14 Vattenfall Vindkraft AB , Principal Investigator: Pablo Arboleya, Amount: 13.2k€. 01/02/2014-30/09/2014. In this project a complete steady state model of the swedish transmission network was developed in order to study the steady state stability of the network affected by the large scale penetration of wind power. With the developed model, a set of indices measuring the impact of the large scale integration of the wind resources, substituting some conventional generation with this kind of renewable energy was calculated and thus the quantification of the real impact of wind penetration was measured.
  • Industrilization of a microwind turbine generation system: Project Wind II, FUO-EM-125-13 AZ Renovables S.L., Principal investigator: Juan Manuel Guerrero, 04/01/2013-31/01/2014. The prototype developed in the project "Microwind turbine generation system development study" was engineered to fit into the turbine nacelle. The result is a compact power converter and control board in a pre-market stage.
  • Diagnosis solutions for detecting rotor isolation faults, FUO-EM-230-13 Gamesa Innovation and Technology S.L.U., Principal Investigator: Pablo García, 07/01/2013- 12/31/2013. This project analysed the opportunities for the diagnosis isolation faults of Double Fed Induction Generators (DFIG) applied to wind applications. The project included the development of the dynamic models under fault conditions and the implementation of frequency based techniques for the diagnosis.
  • Graphical interface and post-processor of software package for electrical railway simulations, FUO-EM-1189-13 Construcciones y Auxialiar de Ferrocarriles (CAF SA.),Principal Investigator: Pablo Arboleya, Amount: 9k€, 06/24/2013-12/31/2013. In this project a Graphical User Interface (GUI) was developed and adapted to the simulator developed in the project "SIENER Energetic management technologies for railway applications". This graphical user interface allows to the users to import the input data and analise the results in a more friendly way
  • Sensorles Power Converter Control, FUO-EM-271-12 Gamesa Innovation and Technology S.L., Principal Investigator: Pablo García, 07/01/2012-12/31/2012. During this project techniques for the operation of permanent magnet wind generators at low and high speed were developed and tested on the real machine. The methodology included the development of the machine/converter model, data acquisition for the evaluation of the machine parameters, simulation for the operation under sensorless control and the validation of the algorithms at the real machine.
  • Technical-Economical study of a fast charging system for trams with ultra-capacitors, FUO-EM-156-11 Construcciones y Auxialiar de Ferrocarriles (CAF SA.), Amount: 30k€, 05/03/2011-03/31/2013. In this project a project for charging the Accumulation System installed on board in some of the trams developed by CAF was proposed and tested. This systems reduces the impact of the charging process over the network without reducing the time of charge of the ultracapacitors accumulation system.
  • Permanent magnet synchronous generators diagnosis through full-converter converters, FUO-EM-219-11 Gamesa Innovation Technology S.L., 08/05/2011-02/04/2011. This project aim was to implement real time diagnosis system for isolation faults in PM machines for wind applications. Methodology was based on the data acquisition and signal processing for evaluating the method as well as real time implementation of the diagnosis algorithm.
  • Microwind turbine generation system development study, FUO-EM-169-12 AZ Renovables S.L., Principal investigator: Juan Manuel Guerrero, 06/14/2011-11/13/201. The project studies different design possibilities for the design and control of the electrical systems of small power wind turbines (microwind turbines). The study includes the design of a power converter prototype for a microwind turbine and the full development of the control system. The system is intended to be tied to the single phase grid.
  • Cityelec: Electrification Systems for Urban Mobility, FUO-EM-056-10 Hidroelectrica del Cantabrico, Amount: 31Ke, 01/01/2010-03/05/2012. The Project CITYELEC is working on own development research to design vehicle propulsion system components (electric motors) and infrastructures (Recharge Stations), necessary for the development of zero emission vehicles, as well as in the proof of feasibility by testing large scale infrastructures with electrified vehicles, and also in the generation of knowledge and intellectual property related to these new technologies.
  • Analysis and supervision of electric faults in CHP generators, CN-11-041 Hidrocan- tábrico Generación S.L., Principal Investigator: Pablo García, 04/16/2011-10/15/2012. The project was focused on the implementation of a monitoring and supervision program for a CHP system. The system included the development of diagnosis algorithms, the correlation among the process thermodynamic variables and the electrical ones and the implementation of the online diagnosis systems for the electrical generators.
  • Development of a software simulator for electrical railway networks including a dynamical multi-train environment for power flow analysis and optimization, FUO- EM-158-11 Construcciones y Auxialiar de Ferrocarriles (CAF SA.), Principal Investigator: Pablo Arboleya, Amount: 51Ke, 05/03/2011-12/31/2012. A first version of a software for simulating electrical DC traction networks was developed, this software started using the general algorithms of the conventional power flow, however a comprehensive system for being able to easily change the location of the trains in the network without using a complex tracking subroutine was developed and successfully implemented, the software uses the mechanical data provided by another software package developed by the company and transform this mechanical data into electrical interactions between the trains.
  • Substituting contactors by solid state semiconductors in railways applications, FUO-EM-155-11 Construcciones y Auxialiar de Ferrocarriles (CAF SA.), Amount: 46k€, 05/03/2011-03/31/2012. A new system for connecting and disconnecting different charging systems for railways applications was developed, this new system was based on the use of solid state semiconductors instead the use of the conventional contactors, a demonstrator was developed at the university before transfer the technology to the company
  • Strategies evaluations for setting up wind park for new operation procedures requirements by means of simulations and small scale tests, FUO-EM-314-09, Amount: 49Ke, 10/10/2009-10/09/2011. The aim of this project is to evaluate wind parks under different contingences. Both transient simulations (University of Oviedo) and small scale tests (Edp Renovais) were carried out. The employed methodology was based in a state-space representation of large wind plants, through models including the internal dynamics of the grid and taking also into account a detailed modeling of the dynamics of wind generators (multi-machine system instead of aggregated systems).
  • Fault detection and location in distribution networks using self organizing maps, FUO-EM-300-10 Hidroelectrica del Cantabrico, Amount: 45Ke, 10/01/2010-04/30/2011. In this project, some correlation between different measurement systems, located at different points of the network and the type and location of the faults in such networks were obtained using Self Organized Maps (SOM). This kind of maps are a type of artificial neural network (ANN) that is trained using unsupervised learning to produce a two-dimensional, discretized representation of the input samples. It was demonstrated the benefits of using this tool to analyze large amount of data discovering visual correlation between them.
  • Investigation about fault in power plant derived from the anti-islanding protection, FUO-EM-223-10 CTIC Foundation, Principal Investigator: Pablo Arboleya, Amount: 1Ke, 06/17/2010-07/17/2010. A short circuit occurred in a specific location of the medium voltage of the Spanish distribution network, derived from this short circuit one of the electrical generators in a power plant connected to the mentioned networks suffered a breakdown in one of its windings. It wasn’t clear if the distribution company was responsible or if the protection system of the power plant was not correct set up. A transient simulation including a portion of the distribution network, the power plant and its protection system was developed to find out who should pay for the damages.
  • FAROLA - Using clean energy sources in public lighting systems working on au- tonomous mode or grid connected, FUO-EM-205-09 Integrados de Automatización S.L., Amount: 19ke, 09/01/2009-08/31/2010. Reporting the state of the art of lighting systems with power generation (small PV or Wind generators), with capability of delivering energy into the lighting grid. The applications intended is public lighting systems forming a dedicated nanogrid. The project included a technical design of the electronics involved (power generators, power electronics to extract energy, lamp and lighting system based on LEDs, and grid interfacing).
  • SAPA - Photovoltaic fed public lighting systems working on autonomous mode, FUE-EM-205-09 Integrados de Automatización S.L., 09/01/2009-08/31/2010. Reporting the state of the art in autonomous lighting systems supplied from PV modules, in Public Lighting applications. Also, the project included a technical feasibility study, and a pre-design of an autononous system, including selection of the storage technology, of the PV pannel technology, the power electornics and control systems, lamppost optimizations, etc.
  • Technical-Economic analysis for a combined heat and power system based in gas furnaces with Stirling motors, FUO-EM-213-08 Hidroelectrica del Cantabrico, Amount: 16Ke, 09/26/2008-03/26/2009. In this project the use of a new CHP power system for being installed at housing level was study. The CHP generators considered in this study were based in a gas furnace using the residual heat to drive a electrical generator through an Stirling machine. The technical characteristics provided by the manufacturer were tested and then the impact analysis of different scenarios, all of them considering massive penetration of this kind of systems in the low voltage distribution network of the electrical distribution company was carried out.
  • Technical and economical impact study derived from the development and implementation of an electrical microgrid in a steel industry using the energetic surpluses, CN-06-126-IE05-113 ARECELORMITTAL SPAIN, Amount: 22Ke, 02/24/2006- 12/31/2007. In this project a complete model of an steel manufacture factory electrical network combining high, medium and low voltage sub-networks was developed, al different types of loads were placed in the network as long as the sources derived from the possible utilization of the energy surpluses created by the steel manufacturing process. The technical and economical viability of installing this new generators was studied as well as the possible congestion produced by this new generators in the network.
  • DEGATI: Gas Sensors with Wireless Technology, FUO-EM-002-06 González Soriano S.A., Principal Investigator: Jorge Garcia, Amount: 54ke, 02/01/2006-12/01/2007. Wireless communication technologies were applied to detection systems, particularly to carbon monoxide detectors, to achieve autonomy. These detectors are required in facilities such as garages for cars, etc., where the excessive concentration of this gas can be dangerous. Therefore, in the first phase were analyzed various carbon monoxide sensors, and then build a network of intelligent sensors, using the intercom of these sensors wireless technologies.
  • LAUREL: Design of induction motors (sizes IEC 132 2 and 4 poles) and improvement of the efficiency of motors (sizes IEC 90 and 100 2 and 4 poles), CN-03-151 ASEA BROWN BOVERI SA, Amount: 17Ke, 04/01/2004-10/05/2004. In this project, a standard induction motor IEC frame size 132 has been designed, so that its output performance is equivalent to that of a motor of IEC frame size 160. A new design methodology relaying on ANN-based and Stochastic-based search optimization procedures was developed during the project. The technological transfer was corroborated by incorporating the designed motor in the product brochures of the company in 2006.