RENEWABLE ENERGY

Schneider Electric and ACCIONA Energía develop the first industrial microgrid in Spain
2 de November de 2021
  • The microgrid in Schneider’s factory in Puente La Reina allows optimum efficient energy management, combining sustainability and digitalization. .
  • The microgrid as a service model developed by ACCIONA Energía can be replicated in any industrial plant. It facilitates cost saving and flexibility without any investment by the client.
  • Microgrids facilitate the integration of renewable energies, electric vehicles and energy storage, as well as providing greater reliability and resilience to energy supplies.

Schneider Electric, a leading company in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and ACCIONA Energía, the biggest 100% renewable utility without a fossil fuel legacy in the world, have created the first microgrid in a Spanish factory in Schneider Electric’s plant in Puente la Reina (Navarra).

The microgrid in the plant at Puente la Reina combines the production of renewable energy on site, battery storage and charging points for electric vehicles so that they can achieve maximum autonomy and optimize consumption in the grid. The microgrid offers more efficiency, lower energy costs and a smaller carbon footprint. Through this project, Schneider Electric and ACCIONA Energía strengthen their leadership in technology, sustainability and decarbonization.

The microgrid installed in the facility in Puente la Reina will include 852 kWp of photovoltaic energy, five charging points for electric vehicles and 80 kWh of battery storage, all controlled by EcoStruxure EMA software developed by Schneider Electric.

The ultimate aim of the project, which can be replicated in any industrial plant, is to continue to progress in the energy transition by combining distributed energy resources (solar, storage, electric cars), sustainability and digitalization to create a more profitable, resilient and sustainable energy infrastructure.

Schneider Electric’s plant in Puente la Reina (Navarra) is one of the company’s most innovative facilities in Spain, incorporating the latest digital and automation technologies and a reference in Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory. It employs 350 people and manufactures around 76 million switches and plugs from the Odace, Ovalis and New Unica ranges, for example.

The microgrid designed by ACCIONA Energía for Schneider Electric in Puente la Reina is based on the “energy as a service” approach. This model facilitates cost saving, digitalization and flexibility without the need for the client to make any investment. ACCIONA Energía owns the installation and undertakes its maintenance and management, so the client does not need to worry about the management and operating costs of the microgrid, and just pays for the service.

SUSTAINABLE AND RELIABLE ENERGY

Energy models are undergoing a major process of change as generation is decentralized and the demand for electricity grows, driven by the worldwide megatrends for digitalization and decarbonization. As a result, energy as a service (EaaS) is emerging as an innovative way of fulfilling these two objectives.

Microgrids facilitate the integration of key elements for the energy transition such as renewable energy sources, electric vehicles and battery storage to provide more resilient and reliable supplies. They can function disconnected from the main grid, either isolated or connected, with active management of the energy to optimize costs.

Microgrids are designed to guarantee reliable supplies when demand peaks occur, during periods of grid inactivity or when intermittent renewable generation needs a backup.

They also use AI algorithms in their software and control panel to optimize the use of energy, combining direct self-consumption with capacity from storage or from the main grid based on an equation that calculates availability, cost and CO2 emissions. These algorithms also manage the recharging of the electric vehicle batteries to reduce energy costs.

DATA PROTECTION INFORMATION

In compliance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on Data Protection and with other Data Protection regulations in force, you are hereby informed that your personal data shall be processed by Corporación Acciona Energías Renovables, S.A., whose identification data are as follows: Tax ID No. (NIF): A-85483311, Address: Avenida de Europa, 18, Parque Empresarial La Moraleja, Alcobendas (Madrid), Tel.+34 91 657 64 61. Your data shall be processed in order to address and manage your queries, requests, claims and suggestions, as well as send information, regarding our products and services through electronic means (all of these, hereinafter the “Request”).

The consent given by the data subject by indicating that they have read and accept this data protection information comprises the lawfulness of processing, and if a contract had been entered into with the interested party, legitimation shall be for the compliance of legal obligations derived from the aforementioned contract and for the enforcement thereof. We will only process the essential data that you provide in your application, such as your identification data (name, surname, language, contact details) and data related to the business area of your interest. The data shall be stored only for the time to attend and answer your Request, and in any case, never for more than twelve months.

In case your Request is related to other ACCIONA solutions or businesses, we may communicate your personal data to another entity of the Group (you can consult a list of ACCIONA Group companies at www.acciona.com/shareholders-investors/financial-information/annual-accounts/), in order to be able to deal with your Request in a more efficient way. We also may give access to your data to service providers (such as technology service providers) who assist us in fulfilling this purpose. Some of its service providers, may be located outside of the European Economic Area in territories that do not offer a level of data protection that is comparable to that of the European Union. In such cases, we transfer User data with appropriate safeguards and always ensuring the security of the same. By accepting the privacy terms, you consent to your data being transferred internationally in order for your Request to be properly processed.

The data subject can exercise their rights of access to or rectification, erasure or portability of their data, and/or the restriction of or objection to the processing of such data, by contacting to Corporación Acciona Energías Renovables, S.L., by writing the Department of Data Protection located at Avenida de Europa, 10, Parque Empresarial La Moraleja, 28108, in Alcobendas, Madrid, or by sending  the form available at:

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If we consider it necessary in order to be able to identify you, we may ask you for a copy of an identity document. Furthermore, at any time the data subject may withdraw the granted consent by contacting the aforementioned address and file a claim to the Supervisory Authority (Agencia Española de Protección de Datos www.aepd.es).

For any further information you can visit the Privacy Police on the website.

 

DATA PROTECTION INFORMATION

In compliance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on Data Protection and with other Data Protection regulations in force, you are hereby informed that your personal data shall be processed by Corporación Acciona Energías Renovables, S.A., whose identification data are as follows: Tax ID No. (NIF): A-85483311, Address: Avenida de Europa, 18, Parque Empresarial La Moraleja, Alcobendas (Madrid), Tel.+34 91 657 64 61. Your data shall be processed in order to address and manage your queries, requests, claims and suggestions, as well as send information, regarding our products and services through electronic means (all of these, hereinafter the “Request”).

The consent given by the data subject by indicating that they have read and accept this data protection information comprises the lawfulness of processing, and if a contract had been entered into with the interested party, legitimation shall be for the compliance of legal obligations derived from the aforementioned contract and for the enforcement thereof. We will only process the essential data that you provide in your application, such as your identification data (name, surname, language, contact details) and data related to the business area of your interest. The data shall be stored only for the time to attend and answer your Request, and in any case, never for more than twelve months.

In case your Request is related to other ACCIONA solutions or businesses, we may communicate your personal data to another entity of the Group (you can consult a list of ACCIONA Group companies at www.acciona.com/shareholders-investors/financial-information/annual-accounts/), in order to be able to deal with your Request in a more efficient way. We also may give access to your data to service providers (such as technology service providers) who assist us in fulfilling this purpose. Some of its service providers, may be located outside of the European Economic Area in territories that do not offer a level of data protection that is comparable to that of the European Union. In such cases, we transfer User data with appropriate safeguards and always ensuring the security of the same. By accepting the privacy terms, you consent to your data being transferred internationally in order for your Request to be properly processed.

The data subject can exercise their rights of access to or rectification, erasure or portability of their data, and/or the restriction of or objection to the processing of such data, by contacting to Corporación Acciona Energías Renovables, S.L., by writing the Department of Data Protection located at Avenida de Europa, 10, Parque Empresarial La Moraleja, 28108, in Alcobendas, Madrid, or by sending  the form available at

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If we consider it necessary in order to be able to identify you, we may ask you for a copy of an identity document. Furthermore, at any time the data subject may withdraw the granted consent by contacting the aforementioned address and file a claim to the Supervisory Authority (Agencia Española de Protección de Datos www.aepd.es).

 

For any further information you can visit the Privacy Police on the website.