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Project: SI I&DT Copromoção Nr. 069733 - Smart Green Energy for Low Frequency Aperture Arrays

Main Objective:
Reinforce research, technological development and innovation

Synthesis: The SmartGlow project has the main objective of specifying and developing a flexible solution for the supply of electricity in situations where the interconnected network is not a solution, namely in remote areas. Smartglow explores the concept of hybrid micro-networks for the industrial sector. These networks, due to the sensitive nature of certain electrical charges (alternating current and direct current) do present a significant set of requirements; most solutions on the market are still unable to address these requirements adequately. This is a market with great potential, as there has been an increase in energy supply needs, in places where electricity networks are not available, or where their impact (economic and environmental) is high. Overall, Smartglow intends to develop a pilot, standalone off-grid system composed of a PV production unit, a storage unit, new generation inverter with digital control and reduced interference footprint, shelter with adequate RFI mitigation coupled to a small SKA/LFAA station (up to 16 or 32 antennas).
The electricity management system based on micro-networks aims to increase the capacity for renewable self-consumption through the optimized control of battery-based energy storage systems and the intelligent and integrated control of electrical loads. The final product therefore considers the integrated development of high conversion efficiency solutions and the integrated energy monitoring and management platform with intelligent load control. For the purpose of experimental validation of the set of requirements, the consortium decided to implement within the scope of the project a pilot at one of the extremes of demand in terms of consumption needs and the control or mitigation of the associated electromagnetic interference created by energy conversion equipment, as it is expected for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). This equipment is based on power electronics associated to a renewable source plant and its storage.

Eligible Costs: 1 847 744,89 € (Total) / 490 051,76 € (IT)

Funding (FEDER - COMPETE 2020): 1 179 347,75 € (Total) / 367 538,82 € (IT)
Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-069733
Funding: P2020
Approval Date: 03-08-2021
Start Date: 01-04-2021
End Date: 30-06-2023
Team: Domingos da Silva Barbosa, José Miguel da Silva Bergano, Bruno David Fernandes Coelho, Allan Kardec de Almeida Junior
Groups: Integrated Circuits – Av
Local Coordinator: Domingos da Silva Barbosa

Associated Publications
  • 2Papers in Conferences
  • J. Salgado, R. Bolton, D. Barbosa, SKA Regional Centres Architecture: One data lake, multiples nodes, Astronomical Data Analysis Software & Systems XXXIII ADASS XXXIII, Conference online, November, 2023,
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  • D. Barbosa, B. Coelho, MB Bergano, A. C. Correia, D. Maia, L. Gonçalves, C. Alves, J. B. Morgado, V. Ribeiro, PASO - Astronomy and Space Situational Awareness in a Dark Sky Destination, International Astronomical Union IAUS385 Symposium on Astronomy and Satellite Constellations: Pathways Forward IAU S385, London, United Kingdom, Vol., pp. -, October, 2023,
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