Global renewables leader Ibedrola has more than 400,000 secondary distribution stations in the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Spain. These substations contain more than 1.5 million medium to low voltage distribution transformers. They provide high quality service to 31 million electricity supply points. In this context, Iberdrola is starting Initial testing of wireless sensors for secondary distributions.
It seeks advanced sensor solutions to increase efficiency in secondary substations and monitor the status of installations and critical equipment such as medium-voltage switchgear, medium-low voltage transformers, low-voltage panels, etc. Maintenance, early detection of abnormal conditions and serious events, as well as possible breakdowns.
What is the Iberdrola Global Smart Grids Innovation Center?
of Iberdrola wireless sensors for secondary distribution start-up test It was launched in the framework of the new Global Smart Grids Innovation (GSGI) Center. Iberdrola is building a global smart grid benchmark through open cooperation and collaboration between i-DE technicians, suppliers and startups, as well as various organizations around the world.
Are you a good fit for Iberdrola’s Wireless Sensors, a startup challenge for secondary distributors?
The startup’s challenge is to accept applications from startups that make general-purpose sensors including measuring communication terminals, smoke, CO2, intrusion, natural hazards like floods, as well as temperature, humidity, and voltage. Iberdrola is looking for wireless sensor solutions for:
- Anticipating serious events and unusual things
- Technology integration with edge computing, AI, camera, computer vision, etc.
- Plug and play monitoring system integrated with BT RTU and Zigbee
- Optical or thermographic cameras and integrated data processing capabilities
In addition, when evaluating your proposal, Iberdrola will consider sensor solutions that use the following technologies, among others:
- Thermal infrared
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Computer vision
- Edge calculation
This challenge is also open to ideas that are not relevant to this case study. Such solutions are also analyzed unless the competitive advantages offered to a particular site are clearly defined.
Explore the benefits of partnering with Iberdrola
Iberdrola is a recognized name for sustainable innovation among start-ups and emerging companies. Over the past two years, Ibedrola has launched more than 20 global startup challenges to solve common challenges in today’s energy networks.
Here are the main reasons why you should apply for a beginner exam:
- Cooperative Agreement and Trial: The prize awarded to the winner includes a collaboration and trial agreement with PERSEO or any company of the Iberdrola group. The group supports the cost of the experimental activities.
- Access-All-Locations: Iberdrola will provide the winner with all the necessary technical support, as well as a site to test the solution and real data. This includes access to equipment, teams, infrastructure, high-tech spaces and shared workspaces.
- The size of your technology: If the pilot test is satisfactory, Iberdrola may offer the winner the opportunity to scale up the solution through commercial agreements.
- Potential investment: Moreover, PERSEO will consider investing in the participating company and/or the winning bidder.
Your solution will be directly included in the Global Smart Grids Innovation Hubs registration process where you can become a partner and benefit from the services, activities and resources the GSGI Hub offers.
How does Iberdrola evaluate your ideas?
Your proposals will be evaluated by technical specialists from Iberdrola Networks and will take into account the following price proposals, among others:
- Maturity, reliability and scalability of the solution, including hardware (sensors) and software/algorithms to generate alerts for both device management and data processing.
- Ease of installation (plug and play feature).
- Let the solution be low maintenance and self-managed.
- Total cost of installation and maintenance.
- Application in other power assets such as substations and overhead lines.
Timeline and structure of Iberdrola wireless sensors for the initial test of secondary distributions
Applications are now open!
Last date for submission of applications – December 19, 2022!
The specialists of the Iberdrola Networks team will evaluate your proposals – February 2023.
The pilot project will start in 2023 – details to follow soon!
Ready to scale your wireless sensor solution with Iberdrola? Click here to apply today!
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