INESC TEC - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência
The Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science – INESC TEC is an Associate Laboratory with more than 30 years of experience in R&D and technology transfer. Present in 6 sites in the cities of Porto, Braga and Vila Real, INESC TEC incorporates 13 R&D Centres and one Associate Unit with complementary competences, always looking to the international market.
INESC TEC brings together more than 725 researchers, of which more than 350 have PhDs, forming a robust cluster with complementary skills and with notable international presence. INESC TEC invests in Scientific Research and Technological Development, as well as in Advanced Training and Consulting, Technology Transfer and supports the Establishment of new Technology-based Companies.
INESC TEC was created to act as an interface between the academic world, the world of industry and services and the public administration in Information Technologies, Telecommunications and Electronics (ITT&E).
The role in this project is to increase the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of previous developments by fully integrating the developed solutions in the daily processes of the end-user (Distribution System Operator in this case) through improving its scalability and replicability, as well as upgrading some of the functions to capture new end-user requirements. INESC TEC will bring the following competences to the project and develop R&D work for further improvement:
- Grid management for distribution networks (Initial TRL: 5 and 6): extend forecasting tools from the FP7 SuSTAINABLE and H2020 UPGRID projects for a wide network area and combine them with the multi-temporal optimal power flow developed in FP7 evolvDSO. The combination of these tools will contribute to the definition of online preventive control set-points for distribution networks. The forecasting tools can be adapted to cover requirements from other end-users, such as virtual power plants and industrial consumers;
- Low Voltage Control (Initial TRL: 7): the LV control tool developed and demonstrated for one feeder in Évora (Portugal) in the framework of FP7 SuSTAINABLE project will be modified to enable a preventive management of LV networks. The monitoring capability of the LV network is enhanced with the LV state estimator developed in the FP7 evolvDSO project. Moreover, the smart power electronic converters prototypes (TRL 5) already validated in the field (SuSTAINABLE) will be further developed and installed in the demo sites to enable local voltage control and bi-directional communication;
- Market Hub Platform (Initial TRL: 6): the market hub platform that is being developed in the Horizon 2020 project UPGRID will be adapted to include information about flexibility from different grid users and also to contribute to increase the TSO-DSO cooperation by promoting an exchange of information regarding technical validation of flexibility offers/activation;
- State estimation in LV networks (Initial TRL: 5 and 6): increase the scalability and replicability of the algorithms developed in the FP7 SuSTAINABLE (for MV networks) and evolvDSO project (for LV networks);
- Home energy management system (HEMS) (Initial TRL: 6): the HW and SW solution developed within the AnyPLACE project can be used to implement a flexible energy manager, a concept known as HEMS for the domestic environment. The HEMS includes the control algorithms and the automation schemes necessary to perform an integrated management of multiple energy vectors (e.g. electricity, gas, heating and cooling).