Smart Rural Grid: Digitalizing the Electrical Grid

Presented by: Dr. Santi Martínez Farrero and Mr. Ramon Gallart Fernández - Estabanell Energia, S.A.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

The management of packets of electricity will change the way the electricity is distributed.

The outcome of the SRG project will allow utilities to interconnect energy between a variety of actors, including prosumers, consumers, distributed generators and energy storages, to enable multi-directional power flows. Such power flows are managed by an innovative hierarchical management tool, enabling the optimization of the operation of the rural grid while both isolated and connected to the main distribution grid. In the power plane of the architecture, power flows are controlled by exploiting the flexibility provided by a variety of wired and wireless communication technologies that helps to cope with geographical restrictions, along with an innovative so called Intelligent Distribution Power Router (IDPR) device. This device, which is based on power electronics and secondary batteries, permits to actually route power between each of the phases of the three-phase distribution system

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About the Speaker:

Santi Martinez is the CEO of Estabanell Energia since 2010, where he is devoted to create the right environment for digitalizing the businesses in which the company is active, as Generation, Distribution and Retail of electricity, commercial telecom, and pushing for the internationalization of the outcomes of the research projects which the company is leading.

Santi has a Ph.D. in Political Science, M.Sc in Society of Knowledge and University Degree in Business Administration and also in Marketing. His former assignment was as Business Controller for the Philips’ lighting business in Iberia




Ramon Gallart is the Head of Smart Grids in Estabanell Energia, where he puts in practice his wide experience in telecommunication systems, automation in primary and secondary substations, and developing distributed integrated control systems applied over Smart Grids. He is Telecommunications Engineer.

Since the company started his first project funded by the European Commission in 2013, Smart Rural Grid, he has been the technical project manager, leading the company’s teams, succeeding always in time and quality. He has been the person creating the concepts in which the projects are based, all them having to do with the digitalization of the electricity


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