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INEGI and INDISOL develop smart insulators for application in smart grids

09 March 2021
Create a new generation of smart insulators capable of ensuring remote and active management of energy transport and monitoring, for application in smart grids (smart electricity grids). This was the major challenge of the ISOSMART project, promoted by INDISOL in partnership with INEGI, and which is now undergoing industrialization through a set of new products from the company.

As an industrial company focused on the design, development and industrialization of electrical insulators and insulating solutions, INDISOL has dedicated part of the last few years to the development of special applications related to the automation of electricity distribution networks, in order to keep up with the ongoing modernization process in the sector.

To develop the Innovation & Development activity, the company has relied on INEGI as a partner, which in the ISOSMART project was responsible for implementing tools and methodologies for the development of complex electrical systems, man-machine interfaces, product development and prototyping, as well as characterization of raw materials and development of manufacturing processes.

"New passive and active precision sensors for medium voltage have been developed. Passive sensors were developed to allow automatic calibration and the low voltage circuit is "embedded” in the insulator itself. The active sensors, from an input of analog signals, generate a set of information, which can be stored and transmitted at a distance. These sensors were later integrated into new intelligent, multifunction and multimaterial insulators, with different internal architectures and components, as well as specific technical and functional characteristics, for application in smart grids”, says Ricardo Paiva, responsible for the project at INEGI.

Smart insulator prototypes developed under the ISOSMART project.

This technological progress allowed INDISOL to increase its competitiveness, as it now has products with optimized performance and adapted to aggressive environments, with multiple measurement or coupling functions, depending on specific needs and the high degree of measurement accuracy.

The ISOSMART project is co-financed by the European Union through the COMPETE 2020 (Operational Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization), within the scope of the Incentive System for Research and Technological Development.