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 which we are leading in Malaga together with a consortium of companies and research organisms, like Endesa Distribución, Ayesa, Ormazabal, Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad de Granada. We apply artificial intelligence techniques to analyse the data obtained from electric meters and sensors installed at different points of the grid. Using an algorithm, we conduct advanced statistical data processing, allowing us to improve control in real time, as well as preventive maintenance of the distribution grid.
Susana Carillo Aparicio, Director of the PASTORA project and Head of Smartcity Málaga Living Lab at Endesa, emphasizes that “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 also focused on automating the electric grid.
Thanks to the millions of data the new smart grid offers us, we develop predictive models 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 us 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 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, Innovation and Universities and co-financed by the European Union through ERDF, via the Multi-regional Operational Programme for Spain 2014-2020.
With innovation projects like PASTORA, we work to progress in the digitalisation of the distribution grid by integrating artificial intelligence and big data techniques into the energy sector to improve our services.