Global renewables leader, Iberdrola, has more than 400,000 Secondary Substations spread across the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Spain. These substations house more than 1,5 million medium- to low-voltage distribution transformers. They provide a high-quality service to 31 million electricity supply points. In this context, Iberdrola is launching Wireless Sensors for Secondary Substations Startup Challenge.
It is seeking advanced sensor solutions in the secondary substations to increase efficiency and monitor the conditions of the installation and critical equipment such as medium-voltage switchgear, medium-low voltage transformer, low-voltage panels, etc. Sensor data on transformer centers enable preventive maintenance, the early detection of anomalies and serious incidents, as well as possible breakdowns.
What is the Iberdrola Global Smart Grids Innovation Hub?
The Iberdrola Wireless Sensors for Secondary Substations Startup Challenge is launched within the framework of the new Global Smart Grids Innovation (GSGI) Hub. Iberdrola is building a worldwide smart grid benchmark through open collaboration and co-working between i-DE technicians, suppliers, and startups, as well as different organizations from all around the world.
Are You a Good Fit for Iberdrola’s Wireless Sensors for Secondary Substations Startup Challenge?
The Startup Challenge is accepting applications from any startups making sensors serving general purposes including but not limited to detecting tightening of connection terminals, smoke, CO2, intrusion, natural calamities like floods, as well as measuring temperature, humidity, and voltage. Iberdrola is looking for wireless sensor solutions for:
- Early detection of serious incidents and anomalies
- Technology integration with edge computing, AI, camera, computer vision, etc.
- Plug & Play monitoring system that integrates with BT RTU and Zigbee
- Optical or thermographic cameras and integrated data processing capabilities
Moreover, when assessing your proposal, Iberdrola will consider sensor solutions leveraging the following technologies, among others:
- Thermal Infrared
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Computer Vision
- Edge Computing
This challenge is also open to proposals that do not fit this case study. Such solutions will also be analyzed, provided that the competitive advantages of the proposal for a specific type of site are clearly explained.
Explore the Benefits of Collaborating with Iberdrola
Iberdrola is a well-known name among startups and emerging companies for sustainable innovation. Over the last couple of years, Iberdrola has launched over 20 Global Startup Challenges to address common challenges in today’s energy networks.
Here are the top reasons why you should apply for the Startup Challenge:
- Collaboration Agreement & Pilot Test: The prize for the winner consists of collaboration and test agreement with PERSEO or any other Iberdrola group company. The group will support the cost of the pilot activities.
- Access-all-Areas: Iberdrola will provide the winner with all necessary technical support, as well as a site and real data to test the solution. This includes access to equipment, teams, infrastructure, high-technology sites, and shared work areas.
- Scale Your Technology: If the pilot test is satisfactory, Iberdrola may offer the winner the opportunity to scale up the solution by adapting it through commercial agreements.
- Potential Investment: What’s more, PERSEO will consider investing in the participating company and/or the winner of the challenge.
Your solution will also be included directly in the Global Smart Grids Innovation Hubs registration process, as a collaborator and able to benefit from the services, activities, and resources that the GSGI Hub makes available.
How Will Iberdrola Evaluate Your Proposals?
Your proposals will be evaluated by technical specialists from Iberdrola Networks and they will consider the following value propositions, among others:
- The maturity, reliability, and scalability of the solution, including hardware (sensors), and software/algorithm for both equipment management and data processing to generate warnings.
- The simplicity of installation (Plug & Play feature).
- Whether the solution is low maintenance and self-powered.
- The total cost of installation and maintenance.
- Application in other energy assets such as substations and overhead lines.
Timeline & Structure of the Iberdrola Wireless Sensors for Secondary Substations Startup Challenge
Applications are now open!
The last date for submitting applications is — 19th December 2022!
Specialists from the Iberdrola Networks group will evaluate your proposals by — February 2023.
The pilot project will begin in 2023 — details to follow soon!
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