Project description

Factory Microgrid (LIFE13 ENV / ES / 000700) is a demonstrative project that is part of the LIFE+ 2013 program (European Commission), whose main objective is to demonstrate, through the implementation of a full-scale industrial smartgrid that microgrids can become one of the most suitable solutions for energy generation and management in factories that want to minimize their environmental impact. Project partners are the Jofemar Corporation and the National Renewable Energy Centre, CENER.

In order to do that, both partners will design and implement a microgrid at Jofemar’s industrial facilities in Peralta (Navarra). The Factory Microgrid smartgrid will meet the specific energy needs of the Jofemar plant, so it can be demonstrated the feasibility and suitability, both technical and economic, of these solutions in industrial environments. The smartgrid features a 120 kW wind turbine and 40 kW of PV on deck, as power generation, and Zn-Br flow batteries capable of storing up to 500 kWh, as storage systems. The microgrid will also integrate six V2G bidirectional charging points for electric vehicles and one 50 kW fast charge point, which will supply the 6 electric vehicles from Jofemar Electromobility, the division of Jofemar Corporation specializing in electric mobility, integrated in the project.

The microgrid

This microgrid will test and validate different energy management strategies, generating 160,000 kWh/year free of greenhouse gases, avoiding at the same time the emission of 96 Tm of CO2 thanks to the management of dispatchable loads and the use of electric vehicles. Intelligent management will lead to an optimization of renewable energy’ consumption both in transport and in the daily work of the factory, reducing peak energy consumption and transmission and distribution losses. In addition, it will provide Jofemar with a consistent electrical system which does not require auxiliary systems dependent on fossil fuels.

The Factory Microgrid project will take place between July 2014 and June 2017 and it represents an investment of around 2 million euros. Approximately 50% of the total amount will be financed by the LIFE + program, the European financial instrument for the environment.

The LIFE project has been granted to Jofemar and CENER and it is specifically framed in theme 1, "Climate Change", and within the line of action "Development of innovative practices for the management of smart grids in the context of highly decentralized production of renewable energy". The collaboration between these two partners guarantees the necessary balance for the development of such projects. On the one hand, the participation of a company with its specific problems and needs, as well as with extensive knowledge in electric mobility and energy storage, and, on the other hand, a technology center that offers its know-how, expertise and development capacity.

This project aims at being the basis for developing a new environmentally friendly business model which will offer a comprehensive solution to meet energy and sustainable mobility needs of the industries.

Jofemar is currently offering zero emission transport solutions through Jofemar Electromobility, its business unit specializing in electric mobility and battery packs. In addition, the company has recently launched a new division, Jofemar Energy exclusively dedicated to the development of Zn-Br Redox flow batteries for energy storage. Completely aware that many companies want to have greater control over their energy consumption and efficiency of their factories, Factory Microgrid guarantees its customers a comprehensive and environmentally friendly energy solution.

As for the CENER-CIEMAT Foundation, which began operating in 2002, it provides services and conducts research in 6 different areas: Wind, Solar Thermal and Solar Photovoltaic, Biomass, Energy in Buildings and Renewable Energy Grid Integration of (IRE).

The IRE Department. primarily aims at the research and development of systems that allow more and better integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid. It also has the most advanced technical infrastructures, among which: wind turbine Bench, Electrochemistry Laboratory, Microgrid Atenea, aimed at industrial applications.

Its areas of activity are:

  • Energy Storage: study, characterization and integration of energy storage systems as a fundamental solution for energy management, allowing greater integration of renewables into the grid.
  • Distributed Generation - SmartGrids. Research and development in the area of Distributed Generation and in particular in the design and implementation of microgrids.
  • High Voltage: studies and advises on issues related to the protection of installations against lightning, mainly in wind farms.
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