E-REDES, formerly EDP Distribuição, is the Distribution Network Operator (DSO) in Mainland Portugal.
We had a conversation with Susete Albuquerque, Project Innovation Manager at E-REDES.
Name of the institution: E-REDES
Business area: Power Distribution
Name: Susete Albuquerque
Position in the institution: Project Innovation Manager
INESC TEC centre with which the company collaborated: Centre for Power and Energy Systems (CPES)
Names of the project: TDX-Assist
Project managers at INESC TEC: Leonel Carvalho and Tiago Soares
What is the connection between E-REDES and INESC TEC?
I worked with INESC TEC within the scope of several European projects of the FP7 and H2020 programmes. More specifically, E-REDES and INESC TEC collaborated in the H2020 project TDX-ASSIST, which ended on September 30, 2020.
What are the main results of this collaboration?
Information exchange is an increasingly relevant theme, and the grid operators play a crucial and facilitating role in said process. Considering the importance of this matter, E-REDES and INESC TEC promoted the TDX-ASSIST project, which focused on the development of new interoperable methodologies and tools for the safe and large-scale exchange of relevant and innovative information between DSO and TSO.
In order to strengthen and operationalise the needs in terms of information exchange by DSO, which play a relevant and facilitating role, we’ve been exploring this subject within the scope of other European projects, also in partnership with INESC TEC.
The TDX-ASSIST focused on the development and implementation of new scenarios of operational and management information between DSO and TSO, considering the current standards, as well as between the DSO and the market.
This project was particularly relevant to Portugal, since it included the national DSO and TSO – E-REDES and REN, respectively.
How do you rate your experience with INESC TEC?
INESC TEC’s team has been a valuable ally in several European initiatives, showing great professionalism, efficacy an efficiency. We’ve been collaboration within the scope of several European projects on smart grids, with great results.
What do you value most in this collaboration?
The work we’ve been developing with INESC TEC is quite important in terms of knowledge and development of new case studies to support distribution operators. We’ve joined efforts in the past and we still do it today, within the scope of key European projects like EUniversal, Interconnect and OneNet. We also look forward to collaborating in the future.
What can we expect from E-REDES in the upcoming years?
Considering the role of DSO in energy transition, E-REES aims to strengthen its participation in European projects and contribute to efficiency and sustainability strategies ranging from systems’ operationalisation and active market facilitation, in liaison with major international and national partners like INESC TEC.