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Smartcity Malaga Demonstrates Eco-Efficiency in Spain

Matt Ball on July 4, 2013 - in Smart Cities

Smartcity Málaga is a project which defines the model for the eco-efficient cities of the future. It is a smartgrid pilot initiative which forms part of the European Union’s 20-20-20 Plan, whereby Endesa and its customers are working together to reduce environmental impact by fostering the use of renewable energies, improving energy efficiency, bringing generation and demand into line, and encouraging rational and efficient consumption.

A consortium of 11 companies spearheaded by Endesa is rolling out state-of-the-art technologies in smart metering, communications and systems, network automation, generation and storage, and smart recharging infrastructure for e-vehicles. The aims are to improve the management of energy in the grid, improve demand balances, and involve all agents in the electricity system, from generation to consumption.

Over 17,000 smart meters have been installed, and a sample of 50 of these users have energy efficiency solutions for the home. Over 10 SMEs and emblematic buildings in the area have energy efficiency solutions installed which enable them to monitor consumption and control some of their charging.

Advanced automation systems have been installed in over 20 transformer centres, and 72 centres are linked via a broadband powerline communications (PLC) network, which connects all points of the electricity grid to the Network Control Centre, where these assets are monitored.

The zone has around 11MW of renewable generation capacity, which includes numerous roof-mounted photovoltaic installations spread throughout the city, a cogeneration facility, vertical-axis wind turbines and generation systems integrated in street lighting. All these generation systems, combined with two battery-based storage facilities, are used to manage consumption more efficiently. Nearly 100 street lights have been replaced with new lights featuring energy-efficient technologies (including LED and halogen lighting), which are managed via a point-to-point control system. A small network of recharging points has also been installed for the trialling of V2G (Vehicle to Grid) technology.

Further details at www.endesa.com

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