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Pastora

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Artificial intelligence techniques to analyse the data obtained from electric meters and sensors

What is Pastora?

Big Data has reached the electrical grid and it is going to change everything. The millions of data offered by smart grids will allow system operators to predict and anticipate potential incidents in order to improve the functioning of the network and the quality of service to clients.

How Ingelectus help?

PASTORA project is an initiative developed in Málaga together with a consortium of companies and research organisms, like Endesa Distribución, Ayesa, Ormazabal, Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad de Granada. Artificial intelligence techniques are applied to analyse the data obtained from electric meters and sensors installed at different points of the grid. Using an algorithm, advanced statistical data processing is conducted, which allows knowing grid behavior and identifying elements susceptible to incidents. This information will allow to improve control in real time, as well as preventive maintenance of the distribution grid.

Susana Carillo Aparicio, current Deputy Mayor of the Málaga City Council and former Director of PASTORA project, emphasizes:

“The aim of PASTORA is to anticipate any problem which may occur on the grid, based on the knowledge of what is happening on the electric grid”.

About Smartcity Málaga Living Lab, home to innovation

PASTORA is run at the Smartcity Málaga Living Lab, an ecosystem for innovation which brings together all of the technologies of smart grids in a real environment. It was also the home of the MONICA project, which focused on the monitoring of the distribution network.

Thanks to the millions of data the new smart grid offers, predictive models have been developed to anticipate how the network will behave and, in that way, improve their functioning. This facilitates the integration of renewable energies and electric vehicles. It also allows system operators to anticipate where incidents may occur to optimise grid maintenance and investments.

This project is a new step in the digitalisation of the distribution grid and it run with a consortium which includes Ayesa Advanced Technologies, Ormazabal Media Tensión, Ingelectus Innovative Electrical Solutions, AICIA (a research association linked to the University of Seville) and SiPBA (a research association linked to the University of Granada). It manages a budget of 2.8 million euros, partially funded by CDTI, the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology, supported by the Ministry of Science and Innovation and co-financed by the European Union through ERDF, via the Multi-regional Operational Programme for Spain 2014-2020.

With innovation projects like PASTORA, progress is being made in the digitalisation of the distribution network by integrating artificial intelligence and big data techniques into the electrical sector to improve its services.

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