This area includes all projects which serve to develop tools and skills for monitoring and maintaining an increasingly “smart” electricity transmission grid. The aim is for maintenance to go from being “condition-based” to predictive, with the consequent optimisation and efficiency of activities by processing and interpreting data and the developing algorithms as well as advanced simulation and forecasting tools.

One of the areas being researched and tested is insulation and circuit-breaking using an SF6-alternative gasses in the fluids used, with the goal of reducing SF6 emissions and the grid’s increasing environmental sustainability, in line with European directives.

These are solutions like robots and drones which are aimed at making grid monitoring increasingly more dynamic and innovative and guaranteeing system efficiency and security. This way, maintenance costs and the risks associated with needed interventions are also reduced.

We continue our research and development of new materials with advanced properties or high performance to coat those normally used. The goal is to increase the resilience and reliability of grid components, also in the context of greater environmental sustainability.

Satellites and IOT sensors are being used for centralised data management, which will make it possible to monitor the electricity grid and take informed decisions about its development and maintenance.