Ayesa bid farewell to 2020 with a record number of ongoing research, development and innovation projects. After being awarded the most recent at the end of December, the firm is now involved in a total of eight R+D+I projects representing more than fifty million euros in investment.
Some of Ayesa’s biggest developments have been the result of its research, development and innovation work. These include big-data systems for calculating millions of electricity bills in Spain, electric vehicle charging management technology, and a smart platform for managing energy at homes based on smart grids, where energy consumers also become energy producers for the grid.
In the words of Pedro Sanz, Managing Director of the Digital Transformation Area at Ayesa, ‘we are acutely aware of the fact that innovation and energy efficiency are the future, and the company continues to invest significant amounts of time and money in research projects, with the aim of anticipating the needs of the marketplace and offering customers outstanding solutions based on technology’.
Spain occupies fourth place in the ranking of European countries which received the most funding as part of the EU’s H2020 programme during the period 2014- 2019. Although data is still not in for 2020, this trend looks set to continue. Over this period, Ayesa participated in seven projects, representing a total of 70 million euros in funding.
Of its eight ongoing projects, which have a total combined budget of 60 million euros, six are the result of different H2020 calls for proposals and two are funded by Spain’s Centre for the Development of Industrial technology and the European Regional Development Fund.
Two of these projects were launched in the second half of 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, whilst another will begin this year. The first is Custom-Art, an 8-million-euro project in which Ayesa is participating alongside 15 other European companies and research centres. Its aim is to develop the next generation of building-integrated photovoltaic modules (BIPV) and product-integrated photovoltaic modules (PIPV). Ayesa’s task is to create solutions based on artificial intelligence in order to increase the efficiency of energy production. The project is a continuation of a previous H2020 project, Starcell, which came to an end last year.
Of all the projects Ayesa is currently involved in, Super PV is the one with the biggest budget, namely 11.6 million euros. The energy sector is experiencing a revolution driven by the introduction of new technology, something which is changing everything from generation to consumption. This project seeks to improve the life-cycle of solar power plants and make European products more competitive. Specifically, Ayesa will develop a technology platform for smart operations and maintenance (O&M), bringing all the advantages offered by the IoT and data mining to solar power plants. The company will also implement a digital twin model (a virtual replica of an object or system that simulates its behaviour), which will allow faults and losses to be pre-empted, thus making predictive maintenance at the plants possible.
Another particularly noteworthy H2020 project Ayesa is involved in is SND-microSENSE. Here, the goal is to develop a secure solution for decentralised electrical power and energy systems which is resilient to cyberattacks, ensures privacy and protects against data breaches. Its budget is 10.1 million euros.