Innovation

EDP seeks to integrate innovation in new technologies, processes and products and in its business models, to increase competitiveness and create value for the business and for stakeholders. Through open innovation processes, global performance is promoted and synergies are encouraged, while alliances, partnerships and collaborative approaches are established for the sharing of resources, skills and risks.

The governance model for Innovation is based on 5 strategic areas:

·        Clean energy;

·        Smart grids;

·        Customer-focused solutions;

·        Energy storage;

·        Data leap.

 

For each of these areas, an Innovation Working Group has been set up, directly sponsored by a member of the EDP Group's Executive Board.

The most significant initiatives developed by the business units in the five strategic areas are described below.

This area focuses on identifying and promoting the development of new energy generation methods through renewable sources or through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and new technologies to improve the operations and efficiency of existing energy production assets.

The following projects are of note:

Waveboost (Portugal) With the Waveboost "absorber point" technology, developed by CorPower, the aim is to improve the reliability and performance of wave energy converters, by developing and validating a revolutionary braking module with Cyclic Energy Recovery System (CERS) and advanced control, which can be coupled to different types of appliance.

Floating photovoltaic (Portugal) Pilot project for the installation of a floating photovoltaic platform on the reservoir of the Alto Rabagão hydroelectric dam, to validate solar-hydro synergies. The system comprises 840 photovoltaic modules, with a total capacity of 230 kW, based on a 2,500 m2 floating platform, supported by 8 anchor points.

DEMOGRAVI3 (Portugal) Demonstration of an innovative hybrid (cement-steel) and self-floating gravity foundation, for offshore wind farms located at water depths of 35 to 60m.

Use of coal ash (Brazil) Technical, economic and environmental feasibility of the use of the mineral coal ash produced in thermoelectric power plants, for use in civil construction, paving and geotechnical and environmental applications.

 

This priority focuses on the development of smart grid infrastructures and customer-focused applications and operations, to ensure that their central role in the energy system meets business needs. These new smart grids will have to address, in particular, energy efficiency improvement targets, with the growing integration of intermittent renewable sources, as well as the increasing penetration of electric vehicles and storage.

The following projects are of note:

e-balance (Portugal)

Project based on the problems presented by the general increase in energy consumption and its impact on the climate. The aim is to develop a decentralized energy management system that provides increased support for local decision making, enabling the active integration of consumers into smart grids.

Smart meter (gas) (Portugal)

Pilot project for the development and implementation of 50 smart meters, for remote reading and operation of the equipment, in a real environment representing customers with a typical profile.

Weather Maps (Portugal)

The project aims to create a layer of weather forecasting information on the Google Maps platform and to integrate it with EDP Distribuição's tools so that wind, solar radiation and temperature forecasts provided by Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IMPA) can be viewed.

Smart Lab (Portugal)

Design and development of an infrastructure for testing smart grid solutions, particularly in the areas of interoperability, functional validation and quality control of products and processes associated with smart grids.

InteGrid (Portugal)

Demonstration of smart grid technologies for the integration of renewable energies and interactive participation of consumers in the energy market and in the implementation of innovative business models, using new data management approaches and stakeholder engagement.

Hygrid (Spain)

Development of a combined system for the separation of hydrogen based on membranes, electrochemical separation and TSA (temperature swing adsorption).

Reduction of peak demand (Brazil)

Pioneering project for the development of a smart electronic monitoring device (hardware and software) to reduce demand at peak times, by disconnecting white goods.

Smart Grid (Brazil)

Development of a methodology and technology for the management of energy in a wiring system with segmented circuits in response to availability prioritization criteria. The system is supplied by the grid and has a microgeneration system and a hybrid energy accumulation system (batteries and water heater).

In retail, EDP has been focusing on diversification, by channelling its innovation work towards a wider range of supply with innovative products and services and new business models and improved customer satisfaction and involvement. The solutions developed seek to transform EDP into an agile, customer-oriented company through intelligent pricing and aggregation systems, energy efficiency and increased electrification.
 The following projects are of note:

EDPBOX for the Blind (Portugal)

Development of a prototype for the visually disabled which collects tariff records from the EDPBOX (smart meter) and vocalizes its contents at the push of a button.

EDP Distribuição Digital (Portugal)

The project aims to increase the company's digital relationship with citizens and consumers by providing a set of new functionalities in its digital channels (website, APP and SMS).

SHAR-LLM – Sharing Cities (Portugal)

The project aims to demonstrate that properly designed solutions for smart cities can be integrated into complex urban environments through a digital approach and the development of innovative business, investment and governance models.

BestRES (Spain)

Development of good practices and innovative business models for aggregators of generation from renewable sources, including the identification of obstacles and optimization of the aggregator role.

Performance architecture for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (Brazil)

Development and experimental validation of an architecture methodology for the design phase of buildings to achieve high levels of energy efficiency in buildings exposed to the particular environmental climate constraints of Bioclimatic Zone 8 in Brazil.

This area seeks to understand the rapid changes in energy storage technologies and their application to energy systems. The challenges of intermittent power, microgeneration, electric mobility and increased customer training require technological solutions that increase the flexibility of electrical systems in which supply and demand must be constantly balanced. Storage is therefore a key tool in addressing these areas throughout the energy value chain.

The following projects are of note:

Technical storage pilots (Portugal)

Solution testing with commercial batteries in residential settings to identify performance deviations against those reported by manufacturers and implement control strategies for batteries linked to photovoltaic panels.

V2G – Vehicle to Grid (Portugal)

Development of a demonstrator to test the V2G solution, acquire technological knowledge and assess the challenges and opportunities offered by VsG technologies.

SMARES (Portugal)

Project for the design, manufacture, testing, validation and certification of smart, modular energy storage technology with an advanced management system based on a multi-level converter with output power of up to 6 MVA at 20 kV for use in systems powered by renewable sources, such as offshore wind farms.

Redox (Spain)

Development of a 30 kW battery with Spanish technology, for commercial and industrial use, and testing in real an environment on the Asturias low voltage power grid.

STOCARE (Romania)

Demonstration pilot project to define and specify a storage system with a battery connected to the grid, incorporated in a wind farm. The project aims to identify critical aspects related to real-time system maintenance operations and to evaluate the technical capacities for increasing the flexibility of the plant's operations.

 

This is a cross-cutting area which seeks to leverage the latest developments in Information and Communication Technologies (IT) to accelerate innovation in all business areas. Its main focus is the use of new ICTs, such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Advanced Analytics and the Internet of Things and the identification of opportunities for operational optimization and business development through digital innovation and data use.

The following projects are of note:

Real-time dashboards and optimization of OSI-PI Reports (Portugal)

A pilot project to evaluate big data architectures for processing and displaying data currently held in Osi-Pi databases. The goal is to improve the performance and flexibility of real-time operational dashboards and reports with wind farm data.

Machine Learning for Cybersecurity (Portugal)

Development of the cyber attack prediction model, through the application of machine learning algorithms to detect high severity security event patterns and trigger alarms, so that timely mitigation actions can be taken.

EDP IoT Hackathon (Portugal)

Promotion of a hackathon, in partnership with Microsoft, challenging participants to collect data from EDP smart meters and then transmit it the cloud. The final solution involves the visualization and processing of received data in an effective, innovative and appealing way.