GENERA 2018, International Fair of Energy and Environment, organized by IFEMA from June 13 through 15, opens its Innovation Gallery to 20 innovative projects for their contribution to increasing energy efficiency, reducing spending as well as the environmental impact.
This space is enabled by the event organization with the aim of supporting the scientific and technological research work carried out by public and private organizations, as well as boosting the innovative activity of companies in the sector. Internet of Things (IoT), self-consumption optimization systems, mechanisms for the automation of tasks in facilities, the use of unmanned systems for images capture, improvements in the storage systems and high performance of the energy production facilities are some of the most prevalent features in this edition.
Degree of innovation, energy efficiency, applicability and ability to positively influence the progress of renewable energies
Experts, professionals and representatives of the main associations of the sector have formed the jury of the Gallery of Innovation of GENERA 2018. They have made the selection according to the degree of innovation, energy efficiency, applicability and ability to positively influence the progress of the renewable energies and the energy efficiency of the different proposals.
GENERA 2018: energy efficiency showcase
Among the alternatives selected, note worthy for their innovative nature are: the SHORT project of CENER (National Center for Renewable Energies); the Exkal energy storage system from SAFT BATERY; the UAVIInspection project of TSK ELECTRÓNICA Y ELECTRICIDAD and the Wind Green project, promoted by Eolion Energía.
In the SHORT project, an innovative, automatic and rapid heliostat calibration system has been developed that definitely breaks a generation gap with traditional systems. The new system allows you to easily calibrate an entire field of heliostats in a few hours, even at night, without interfering with the operation of the plant. The architecture of this development is sufficiently flexible so as to be applied in any type of heliostat with hardly any modifications.
The Exkal energy storage system came into operation in April 2017. Saft installs these Intensium® Mini E systems with the aim of increasing the operational efficiency of the Exkal solar photovoltaic plant, providing maximum support to reduce power peaks and thus optimize self-consumption of solar energy. The ESS is helping to achieve a 20 percent reduction in the maximum energy demand of the local network along with greater self-consumption of solar energy. The net result is that Exkal is saving around 8% on its energy bills.
The UAVIInspection project researches into the potential of integrating an unmanned UAV aerial image capture system with a massive information acquisition and processing technology platform in order to optimize the operation and maintenance tasks in a photovoltaic solar energy generation plant. It is about improving the obtaining of results as far as incidents detection and visualization of the photovoltaic plants state is concerned.
The Wind Green project consists of a vertical wind turbine of high performance at low wind speeds for the generation of electricity in a distributed configuration. The equipment designed consists of a Savonius type vertical thrust wind turbine. The value proposition of the Wind Green project is to develop versatile equipment that can be used and installed in any environment, with a cost that allows it to be paid back quickly, and that is capable of generating the greatest amount of energy thanks to its degree of technological development.