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Infrastructure & Equipment

THOR - Flexible Grid-Laboratory to test power electronics equipment

Laboratory for validating the behavior of power equipment in situations of voltage and frequency variations, voltage ride-through capability or presence of voltage harmonics; and for testing the variations of active / reactive power in the equipment. It allows to check whether a system under test complies with any Grid Code or how their performance affects the grid quality. The way to program these events is completely flexible and the possibility of introducing input data files that the customer can provide is feasible. The infrastructure is based on a high power multilevel converter developed by TECNALIA.

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Laboratory of thermal systems and energy efficiency

The Laboratory involves three main loops for water/fluid piping with a high precision regulation and control system and the related monitoring system. They supply 4 test areas for thermal performances of different equipment and systems. The laboratory allows the development and the test of active (chillers, water-water / air-water / air-air heat pumps, conditioning and air treatment units…) and passive equipment (heat exchangers, heat recovery units, thermal energy storage…). It has been also designed to support the development of thermal equipment and systems related to geothermal and aerothermal technologies, absorption and mass and energy transfer, ORC electric generation, thermal solar energy, thermal energy storage and smart systems for energy management.

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INGRID: New Experimental Infrastructure for Smart Grids

INGRID is a singular laboratory at an international level, with a great experimental capacity in high-voltage and high-power, which comprises equipment and component testing, smart grids, electric systems for renewable energy and smart management of the electric power consumption (electric vehicle, building, demand management...) INGRID is a living and tailored infrastructure that is closely in contact with the industry and the global scientific community, providing support on applied research and the technological development of companies, configured as an international collaboration node.


Electrical Energy Services



The Electrical PTO Lab is a turbine emulator that reproduces the mechanical output of an ocean energy device/wind turbine. This HIL test-bench allows us to perform dynamic tests with the real electrical equipment that is going to be used in the WEC. The viability of the concept can be analyzed from the electric point of view. Different kind of tests can be performed: electrical operation, development and validation of control algorithms, repetitive tests, etc.

This facility is integrated in the MaRINET2 European network, an EU-funded programme to accelerate the development of offshore renewable energy (wave, tidal, offshore-wind).

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Component Corrosion Test Platform (HarshLab)

An advanced floating platform moored 1 mile away Armintza’s coast (Gulf of Biscay, Spain) designed for the evaluation of materials and components against corrosion, ageing and fouling phenomena in real offshore environment. Harsh Lab v1.0 allows the evaluation of standardized probes and components both in splash and immersion zones. It is focused on the extension of the life cycle of the components and equipment in harsh environments.

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Decentralized secondary regulation control system

This system enables the economic operation of different resources in the μGrid, while maintaining proper quality of supply for the users connected to it. Other drivers such as minimising emissions and performance optimisation could also be integrated.

Secondary regulation is aimed at the recovery of the power system frequency following the automatic response of speed regulators to real time power balances. The secondary regulation architecture and information exchange are inspired in the Spanish market for tertiary regulation service: offers are created once and updated as required to reduce communication needs.

Multi-Agent Technologies are used to integrate the secondary regulation module into the control system. Sources, storage units, renewable resources and loads participate actively in frequency management submitting regulation offers suitable to their own characteristics.



It involves a laboratory and a pilot plant for synthesis. They include different glass reactors with volumes ranging from 100 mL to 20 L; a multi-reactor Eyela (5 reactors); two tubular reactors fully automated Microactivity model (PID, Spain) with on-line gas analysis by Micro-GC; different autoclaves of SS316 (300ºC, 200 bar) of 100 mL, 400 mL, 1 L, 2L and 4L (450ºC, 200 bar); Flow-through structured minichannel reactors (inner diameter 0,5-2 mm); Flow-through catalytic membrane reactors; and Fermenters of  1L, 2L and 42L. The infrastructure is complemented with a laboratory for composition characterization with FTIR, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, gas chromatography (HPLC GC-FID, GC-ECD, GC-HWD, GC-MS, GPC), DCS, TGA, among other techniques

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