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Project: SI I&DT - Projetos em Copromoção Nr. 047210 - Scalable Centralized Grid Protection, Automation and Control

Acronym: SCALE
Main Objective:
Reinforce research, technological development and innovation

Synthesis: Substations (SS) are key to ensure the safety and reliability of the electrical grid, and therefore the Protection, Command and Control Systems (SPCC) are essential for this purpose. The conventional architecture of SPCC is hierarchical, based on distinct modules, with individualized communication and limited interaction between devices (inside and outside the substation). The digitalization of substations presents promising alternatives to future systems. However, it is necessary to develop technically and economically efficient solutions to cope with the increasing complexity of network operation, through distributed intelligence.

The SCALE project envisions the development of a platform for digital distribution SE that enables the control, monitoring and protection of medium voltage (MV) power grids in a centralized manner. This solution, comprising the design and development of centralized protection systems for substations, challenges not only the current digital substation architectures, based on optical communications, but also other key themes, such as cloud-based infrastructures and solutions, big data and data privacy. The solution to be developed will consist of an innovative architecture with high added value compared to the current systems available.
The SCALE project will foster the growth of the national technical-scientific and engineering to generate innovation and industrial development, combining business partners EFACEC and ARMIS, with others predominantly scientific, INESC TEC and IT Aveiro, and also involving the participation of a relevant entity in the sector, such as EDP Distribuição. A joining the skills of the participants will allow the supplanting of the current limitations of the sector, valuing the SCALE Consortium at a national and international level.

Eligible Costs: 2 124 949,10 € (Total) / 282 816,28 € (IT)

Funding (FEDER - COMPETE 2020): 1 364 405,09 € (Total) / 212 112,21 € (IT)
Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-047210
Funding: P2020
Approval Date: 11-11-2020
Start Date: 01-01-2021
End Date: 30-06-2023
Team: Joao Paulo da Silva Barraca, Rui Luis Andrade Aguiar, Diogo Nuno Pereira Gomes, Oscar Narciso Mortagua Pereira, Mário Luis Pinto Antunes, Paulo Bacelar Reis Pedreiras
Groups: Telecommunications and Networking – Av
Partners: .EFACEC ENERGIA - MÁQUINAS E EQUIPAMENTOS (PROJECT LEADER), ARMIS - SISTEMAS DE INFORMAÇÃO LDA, INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIÊNCIA, INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICAÇÕES
Local Coordinator: Joao Paulo da Silva Barraca
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