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  • News | IK4-IKERLAN
    to automation News 01 02 2016 We particularly value the fact that our collaboration is within the framework of a long term approach News 29 01 2016 ALSTOM POWER Embedded systems are enabling us to maximise the energy produced by wind turbines News 29 01 2016 Wireless communications new opportunities for industry News 29 01 2016 Embedded systems a means for speeding up the competitiveness of companies News 27 01

    Original URL path: http://www.ikerlan.es/en/news/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Smartphone technology to improve energy efficiency in industrial electronic systems
    which will have a duration of three years has a budget of four million euros Apart from IK4 IKERLAN which is leading the initiative highly important companies such as the Basque CAF Signalling and SAAB fentISS Imperas the R D institutes OFFIS Germany and KTH Sweden and the University of Siegen Germany will be participating Embedded systems The use of embedded systems has multiplied exponentially over the last two decades These small computing processors control one or more functions in the element in which they have been fitted a machine in a factory or a means of transport for example and have hundreds of applications many of which are of a critical nature from the safety perspective One of the big challenges facing European industry is to integrate more and more functions into fewer devices and to make them more energy efficient without losing a single iota of dependability The idea is to cut the number of devices in the various systems by incorporating functionalities of a different type which previously required several devices into a single device To achieve this more and more work is being done to increase the processing capacity of each device So SAFEPOWER will be developing systems equipped with multiple processors multi core as opposed to those that only have one processor single core This will allow savings to be made in resources and energy as a single embedded system will be capable of handling a range of functions The applications Two demonstrators will be produced using the technology developed in SAFEPOWER They will both be exploring strategies and technologies that will optimise power consumption depending on the functioning demands and both will be of a critical nature in terms of the safety of people and property One will be part of a railway signalling system These devices cannot be allowed to fail otherwise they could jeopardise the lives of many people So the demonstrator will need to meet strict safety requirements so that it can comply with the regulations Energy efficiency strategies will also be developed The other demonstrator will be a flight control system for aircraft This system will be capable of integrating different functions that are currently undertaken by various processors so it will allow the same functions to be brought together in less space and using less energy which are requisites of particular interest in onboard technology in a means of transport An independent certification body will be assessing the technologies developed in SAFEPOWER This review will also be useful to validate the result and facilitate its transfer to the market because apart from endorsing their usefulness it will allow possible incompatibilities with the safety standards currently in force to be anticipated Distinctive capabilities IK4 IKERLAN has long experience in the area of embedded systems for industry and transport in particular in applications capable of handling functions that are critical for safety together with others that are not critical The centre is a benchmark on a European level in the development

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  • We are after your talent
    Back 27 01 2016 We are after your talent In IK4 IKERLAN we are after your talent take a look at this infographic IK4 Ikerlan Organisation and team Results Infrastructures and equipment Professional development IK4 Research Alliance Mondragon Corporation R D for companies Product and service development Energy efficiency and energy storage Operational efficiency and advanced manufacturing IK4 IKERLAN Inspires Our research areas Embedded systems Electrical and power electronics systems

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  • More efficient and safer electrical power grids thanks to automation
    the Spanish Ministry for the Economy and Competitiveness The project aims by 2018 to develop an array of sensors and actuators that will make it possible to monitor the state of medium and low voltage electricity grids and to automatically act on them What advantages would this automation bring Advantages of automation Should the sensors detect a problem the actuators would be set in motion in a matter of seconds while the current response time may take several minutes This feature would be very useful in rapidly isolating the part of the grid in which a problem may have occurred and prevent the cascading of faults which would eventually lead to a general power cut What is more in a system that is seeing an increasing presence of renewables energy production is more unpredictable because it is subject to natural elements unlike conventional sources of energy renewables cannot be adjusted to fit the estimated demand So the grids are increasingly more exposed to high and low voltage peaks which can cause damage in transformer stations and in the equipment plugged into them Automating the grids would allow the consumption prediction to be balanced with production and thus prevent these peaks Another advantage of this model has to do with the safety of the operatives in electrical power grids should it be necessary to carry out any maintenance or repair work the zone in question could be automatically isolated so that no current enters it As Juan Pedro Uribe the IK4 IKERLAN researcher in charge of the project at the centre explained to a great extent electricity grids are still analogical they have not been digitised or automated so there is much room for improvement in terms of their efficiency and safety Our intention in the RedActiva project is to develop technology that will allow a large network of sensors and actuators to be created over the medium and low voltage electricity grids in order to take advantage of the opportunities that this would offer us he added Before renewables burst onto the scene it was fairly simple to estimate consumption and produce energy accordingly but this is becoming increasingly more complicated and the technology needs to be modernised so that it can adapt to a changing environment pointed out the researcher Medium and low voltage electricity grids cover a huge area so a large number of sensors would need to be fitted to automate them The current price of these devices is too high so the RedActiva project is planning to cut the costs dramatically we aim to reduce the cost of the sensors by 90 with respect to those currently available on the market explained Uribe Communications The grid that the promoters of the project have in mind would consist of a large number of sensors that would provide information on the state of the electrical power grid a control centre that would process this information and would make the decisions and actuators that would carry them out So

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  • IK4-IKERLAN shares its knowledge on the future of electricity storage
    and future of electricity storage that it organised recently at the Garaia Centre Mondragon Eko the platform of the Mondragon Corporation devoted towards driving forward future business in the green economy sector This event was attended by representatives of the administration research centres universities and private companies Specifically the following organisations were present at the seminar CIC Energigune the Energy Cluster of the Basque Country Mondragon University and the companies CAF Power Automation Comarth Acciona Orona Cegasa Koneika and Iberdrola Unai Viscarret participated in the event on behalf of IK4 IKERLAN He spoke about research and development in the field of storage In his talk he provided information on the state of the technology and the current applications as well as on the future challenges and new lines of development in the field of electrical storage This field that of electrical storage is in fact one of IK4 IKERLAN s most important areas of work which is exploring solutions that will allow more efficient more dependable and less polluting products to be developed The centre is developing products for the energy industry and transport sectors in collaboration with leading companies IK4 Ikerlan Organisation and team Results Infrastructures and equipment Professional

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  • IK4-IKERLAN, a leader in cybersecurity for industry
    and energy generating and distributing facilities Experts are of the opinion that fresh approaches are needed to protect critical information and prevent cyber attacks This field will be increasingly important for companies and demand is expected to grow as the use of mobile devices and the internet of things IoT in the world of industry increases That is why IK4 IKERLAN has been working along these lines over the last few years to develop technologies and products in collaboration with its customers The centre has in fact made a significant forward looking commitment in terms of cybersecurity in its line of research devoted to Embedded Systems Proof of the importance that the centre is gaining in this area is its presence at one of the top forums in Europe in this area the International Conference on Cybersecurity ENISE organised by the National Institute for Cybersecurity INCIBE on 20 and 21 October in León Spain The Coordinator of the line of research into Embedded Systems at IK4 IKERLAN Jon Pérez participated in this event as a guest speaker Specifically he took part in the talks on Cybersecurity and the IoT alongside world leaders in the field such as Masaya Norifusa head of cybersecurity at the Japanese multinational NEC The ninth edition of ENISE achieved record monitoring and attendance figures Its slogan was Cybersecurity driving force for the development of the digital economy and society drew over 1 100 attendees with more than 5 500 people connected via the streaming broadcast About IK4 IKERLAN IK4 IKERLAN is a leading centre in technology transfer and in the contribution of competitive value to companies thanks to its capacity to offer comprehensive solutions by combining various technological domains This is possible due to its high degree of expertise in six major areas embedded systems power

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  • AEC. Development of a hybrid bus
    Product and service development Energy efficiency and energy storage Operational efficiency and advanced manufacturing IK4 IKERLAN Inspires Other projects Development of a lithium ion storage system prototype for railway applications GRUPO CAF Single phase lift with integrated storage GRUPO ORONA Assessment and diagnosis of residential electric lifts focused on predictive maintenance GRUPO ORONA More of this type of project AEC Development of a hybrid bus Share Development of a hybrid bus CUSTOMER URBAN ART SECTOR Transport The project is about the development of a series hybrid bus based on a multifuel combustion engine CNG LPG or diesel and an ultracapacitor bank to store electrical energy We have worked on the design and development of the vehicle s traction unit and on its energy control strategy Challenges and results Modularity generic converters based on one and the same hardware plus centralised control capable of working as inverters rectifiers dc dc converters or chargers Universality generic traction unit for urban vehicles The vehicle can be easily adapted to function in accordance with a mild hybrid plug in hybrid or electric system IK4 Ikerlan Organisation and team Results Infrastructures and equipment Professional development IK4 Research Alliance Mondragon Corporation R D for companies Product

    Original URL path: http://www.ikerlan.es/en/rd-companies/projects/aec (2016-02-15)
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  • Development of advanced control algorithms for wind turbines
    service development Energy efficiency and energy storage Operational efficiency and advanced manufacturing IK4 IKERLAN Inspires Other projects Advanced control algorithms for wind turbines ALSTOM RENOVABLES Monitoring of bearings for offshore wind turbines LAULAGUN Enerbizi monitoring of household heat and power consumption EKITERMIK More of this type of project Development of advanced control algorithms for wind turbines Share Algorithms to optimize controller performance CUSTOMER ALSTOM RENOVABLES SECTOR Energy During the project different control algorithms designed to optimise controller features were developed Specifically robust algorithms that adapt to the wind turbine s non linear behaviour across its operating range were implemented Featuring also is the development of an advanced algorithm to control external demand for power from the wind farm operator The control algorithms were validated in the lab in advance by means of HIL Hardware in the Loop real time simulation tools Challenges and results Reduction in mechanical loads and maximising of the energy extracted Improvement in the wind turbine s contribution to the primary control of the electricity grid Lowering of risks and cutting of commissioning time by means of the HIL simulations IK4 Ikerlan Organisation and team Results Infrastructures and equipment Professional development IK4 Research Alliance Mondragon Corporation R

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