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Iberdrola operates more than 4,400 Substations (ST) in the United States, Brazil, the UK, and Spain. These are high-power installations that form the backbone of a network that provides high-quality and reliable service to a total of 31 million electricity supply points.
Substations have buildings or control rooms that contain electronic and other equipment, such as batteries, that are part of the control, protection, and telecommunications systems. This equipment is sensitive to environmental conditions and some, in the event of a failure, could cause gas emissions, excessive heat, and more.
The substations have elements that guarantee the correct ergonomics or safety of the same: lighting, heaters, air conditioners, security cameras, sensors, extractors, and more. However, these elements are not always optimally controlled, either based on sensors or automation.
In these circumstances, the automation of systems that affect the condition of sensitive equipment contributes to maximizing the useful life of equipment, while detection systems prevent incidents, constituting an important contribution to the safety of people, the environment, and facilities.
In this context, Iberdrola, through its PERSEO Startup Programme, is looking for automation systems that improve and guarantee the control of the ergonomic and safety elements of the rooms and spaces with control elements of the substations, through the adoption of devices/protocols that also provide information to the SmartPoint platform and allow remote action. This challenge aims to solve the following aspects:
Such as the temperature of electronics, batteries, and equipment, condensation due to humidity, etc.
Such as air conditioning consumption, equipment aging and wear and tear due to excessive use, etc.
For example, inadequate gas extraction, lights on without presence, intrusion of humans, animals, and especially, rodents.
The challenge is launched within the new Global Smart Grids Innovation Hub framework. Iberdrola will make the Hub a worldwide grid benchmark, through open collaboration and co-working between i-DE technicians, suppliers, startups, and different organizations worldwide. This challenge is also open to proposals that do not fit this case study. Such solutions will also be analyzed, provided that the competitive advantages of the proposal for a specific type of site are clearly explained.
Finally, i-DE has developed a platform on AWS that acts as an IoT device manager, runs AI algorithms, manages a digital twin of facilities, and more. This platform, known as “SmartPoint“, aims to abstract the data captured from the manufacturer/sensor that provides it to avoid information silos derived from the use of the manufacturer’s platforms, generating a “place” with the ability to “mix” data from different sources for decision-making. Potential automation systems have to consider “SmartPoint” since it will have to communicate with this platform, if necessary.
Winning this Challenge will award you with signing a collaboration agreement for the development of a Proof-of-Concept (PoC). The PoC will be developed in collaboration with the technical specialists from Iberdrola Networks. Additionally, PERSEO covers the costs of the pilot activities and provides you with the necessary technical support, giving access to infrastructure and real data to test your solution.
Sign a collaboration agreement with Iberdrola and/or PERSEO. The project costs are covered & you will get full technical support to test your solution.
If the pilot project succeeds, Iberdrola and/or PERSEO will add your solutions to its service territory and relevant companies within the group.
If the pilot succeeds, Iberdrola and/or PERSEO may offer you the opportunity to scale up your solution by means of commercial agreements.
PERSEO, the risk capital vehicle of Iberdrola, might consider investing in the winner’s solution as well.
Your solution will also be included directly in the Global Smart Grids Innovation Hubs registration process, as a collaborator and able to benefit from the services, activities, and resources that the GSGI Hub makes available.
11 December 2023
21 January 2024
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What is the background of this Challenge?
The STs have elements that guarantee the correct ergonomics or safety of the same: lighting, heaters, air conditioners, security cameras, sensors, extractors, and more. However, these elements are not always optimally controlled, either based on sensors or automation.
Learn more about Electrical Substations and how it works in Iberdrola's networks: https://www.iberdrola.com/conocenos/nuestra-actividad/smart-grids/subestaciones-electricas
What solutions are you looking for?
Iberdrola, through its PERSEO Startup Programme, is looking for an automation system that improves and guarantees the control of ergonomic and safety elements of the rooms and spaces with control elements of the substations, through the adoption of devices/protocols that also provide information to the SmartPoint platform and allow remote action.
Both at an industrial and domestic level, the use of home automation equipment is common. It is not uncommon for companies or individuals to have remote access, often even through mobile applications, to sensors that indicate the temperature of the rooms, turn lights on/off, etc. Platforms or rather ecosystems such as those of Apple, Amazon and/or Google help, in the domestic sphere, in many cases, in addition to the sensors themselves and the management platform, a device that acts as an assistant: Apple Homepod, Amazon Alexa, Google Nest.
Specifically, the challenge seeks to replicate market solutions in terms of their simplicity (plug & play) and reduced cost, since the requirements at the sensor or information level do not differ too much from those of domestic ones.
However, the requirements for robustness of control devices and sensors, in terms of safety, durability and reliability, are more lax in the case of electronics in the domestic environment than in demanding environments, for example, in terms of the robustness of the equipment, in particular in terms of electromagnetic compatibility. It also seeks the reliability required in critical facilities, including cyber-secure behavior and integration with i-DE systems, in particular with "SmartPoint".
The minimum functional requirements are as follows:
• Intelligent climate control, adapted to the needs of substation control equipment in terms of temperature
• Interior and exterior lighting control
• Alarm generation by local sensor processing, including:
• Climate control failures
• Flooding/water damage
• Intrusion by people or animals
Why are Iberdrola and/or PERSEO the right partners for my company?
Iberdrola is no stranger to working with startups and emerging companies - over the last two years, the Group has launched over 22 Startup Challenges to address pressing issues in today's energy networks.
Moreover, working with Iberdrola presents a unique opportunity:
Winning this Challenge will award you with signing a collaboration agreement for the development of a Proof-of-Concept (PoC). The PoC will be developed in collaboration with the technical specialists from Iberdrola Networks.
Additionally, PERSEO covers the costs of the pilot activities and provides you with the necessary technical support, giving access to infrastructures and real data to test your solution.
Finally, PERSEO may consider investing in your solution!
What are the Challenge's key benefits for me?
Your benefits include:
• Collaboration Agreement & Pilot Test: The prize for the winner consists of a collaboration and test agreement with PERSEO or any other Iberdrola group company. The group will support the cost of the pilot activities.
• Access-all-Areas: Iberdrola will provide the winner with all necessary technical support, as well as a site and real data to test the solution. This includes access to equipment, teams, infrastructure, high technology sites, and shared work areas.
• Scale Your Technology: If the pilot test is satisfactory, Iberdrola may offer the winner the opportunity to scale up the solution by adapting it through commercial agreements.
• Investment: What's more, PERSEO will consider investing in the participating company and/or the winner of the challenge.
What do I need to know about the Pilot Project?
The winner of the challenge will sign a partnership contract with Iberdrola and/or PERSEO and will be able to test their solution in a real environment.
For the collaboration of the pilot project, Iberdrola will:
• Assume the costs of the collaboration and the proof of concept
• Provide the necessary technical support to test the solution proposed
• Give access to equipment, appliances, infrastructure, high technology sites, and joint work areas
• Provide a real environment and real data to test the solution
The project will be developed in collaboration with technical specialists from Iberdrola Networks.
Can I submit more than one proposal?
You are welcome to submit more than one proposal, just make sure to submit a separate application form for each proposal.
When is the application deadline?
The application period for this challenge ends on 21 January 2024.
How will the applications be evaluated?
While evaluating your proposals, Iberdrola will consider the following value propositions, among others:
• The maturity, reliability, and scalability of the solution, including hardware (sensors), and software/algorithm for both equipment management and data processing to generate warnings.
• Simplicity of installation (Plug&Play), maintenance, and autonomy (low consumption/self-powered).
• Integration with current monitoring systems.
• The total cost, both initial and recurrent.
For the automation system specifically, the following aspects will also be analyzed:
• Sensor Selection
• Manager/gateway that acts as a signal aggregator, compute at the edge
• Cloud Communication (AWS) to notify alarms
• Ability to attend virtually and make calls
• Remote, local voice, automated
• Electromagnetic compatibility at the substation level
• Cybersecurity: information encryption
• Device Fleet Management (OTA)