New Grid Technologies to Enhance Long-Distance AC Transmission of Renewable Energy
ref. ENE2013-48428-C2-2-R
National public
Initial date: 2014-01-01
Final date: 2016-12-31
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The SUPERAC- UPC subproject is devoted to the development of new control systems applied to FACTS, and new technologies, including also distributed generation power plants, that aim whether to provide support to the operation of the AC electrical network, increase its reliability, simplify or decrease the costs in the massive transportation of electricity. Also beyond the distance limits which are already considered to be feasible, contributing hence to enhance the overall performance of the electrical network.

Besides contributing in the design and control of FACTS, in this subproject one of the main tasks will be focused on controlling grid connected power converters as advanced synchronous generators , which are able to provide a very similar performance, or even better, if compared with a classical synchronous generator . In this work also the integration of energy storage systems will be considered. Likewise, the parallelization of generation systems and their aggregation will be also studied, which will give rise to virtual synchronous power plants based on renewables and with a friendly interaction with the network.

Similarly, the possibilities offered by the development of communications and the ability to integrate them in FACTS and generation systems based on power electronics will be also analyzed in deep. In this particular different control strategies at global and local level will be designed and tested based on the use of the IEC61850 communication protocol, which is known to play a decisive role in the future electrical networks.


Local members

Joan Rocabert

PhD. Senior Researcher

Jose Ignacio Candela

PhD. Senior Researcher. Project Responsible

Juan Ramon Hermoso

PhD. Senior Researcher. Administrative Manager.

Kumars Rouzbehi

Junior Researcher


External members

José Luis Medina García



Journal paper

Conference paper


Partnership centers

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) - BarcelonaTech Abengoa Research, S.L.