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ETRA GROUP’s commitment to the energy transition at the European Sustainable Energy Week 2022

The European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Agency (CINEA) is organizing the European Sustainable Energy Week 2022 in Brussels from September 26 to 29. This event brings together hundreds of public administrations, companies and leading organizations in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector.

Under the slogan “Going green and digital for Europe’s energy transition”, it includes activities to promote a secure energy future and a hybrid energy fair where the most innovative projects in sustainable energies and “Energy Talks” dedicated to clean energies are shown.

Also during the event, the European Sustainable Energy Awards were held to recognize outstanding individuals and projects for their innovation and efforts in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies, and the European Youth Energy Day (EYED).

ETRA GROUP, a benchmark in sustainability and innovation

From ETRA GROUP we contribute to the sustainable energy transition focused on improving the quality of life of citizens while taking care of the planet, integrating the most advanced and innovative technologies in the sector.

This commitment is reflected in a very significant way in the coordination of the European projects X-Flex, Trinity and CROSSBOW, within the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation (R&I) Program, focused on the adoption of renewable energies and their efficient use.

At ETRA GROUP, as a worldwide reference player, we integrate the latest developments in technology throughout the value chain thanks to our strong investment in R&D&I, which allows us to participate in the development of new technologies and solve specific problems of the public.

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GRUPO ETRA recovers and modernises the La Nave building in Madrid

The transformation and remodeling of old buildings into benchmarks of sustainability is one of GRUPO ETRA’s lines of work. La Nave project of the Madrid City Council has consisted of the recovery and modernization of an old lift factory in a unique space in the south of the Spanish capital.

La Nave develops its activity in the south of Madrid with the aim of promoting innovation, being a meeting point for startups and creators who find in this unique space the right conditions to develop and grow.

A benchmark building in sustainability

Innovation springs from every part of the building and this is reflected in the energy heart of La Nave. ETRA, a leading company in intelligent energy projects in Europe, has designed and supervised the energy management systems. All this from three perspectives: installations, monitoring and user service.

The building has a powerful photovoltaic generation system which, thanks to the combination with the installation’s storage system, generates significant daily savings. With the volume generated by this system, it is possible to cover part of the complex’s demand, feed the charging points for electric vehicles or dump the surplus from the grid.

The ETRA GROUP has also provided its advanced BESOS intelligent energy efficiency management platform to monitor and manage the system. BESOS is a powerful software that makes it possible to control the generation and consumption of the building, achieving a significant optimisation of resources and greater energy efficiency.

The citizens; central axis of the project

This ambitious energy management system has been developed and implemented with the benefit of the citizens in mind. One of the most important examples is the charging points for electric vehicles. ETRA’s applications allow the driver to obtain information about the available points, as well as the charging capacity of each charging point according to their profile or the available tariff according to the period and price of energy.

You can enjoy the finished project through this video.

 

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ETRA GROUP presents its latest innovations in technology at the “EuroScience Open Forum 2022”

Last July, ETRA, as a partner of the European MAtchUp project, participated in the “EuroScience Open Forum 2022” (ESOF2022), the largest interdisciplinary meeting on science and innovation in Europe.

The tenth edition of ESOF2022, under the theme “Crossing borders, engaged science, resilient societies”, addressed the current need to pool scientific knowledge to solve the challenges jointly and innovatively we face today. The meeting aims to create strong alliances between scientists, policy makers, media and the general public to tackle today’s complex problems.

Innovative technologies from ETRA

During the event, three innovative technologies carried out by ETRA GROUP were presented:

  1. The platform for the management of electric vehicle charging points,
  2. The tool for detecting free parking spaces using artificial intelligence techniques,
  3. The web application aimed at users, which helps them to find parking spaces with available charging points.

 

ETRA is in the top 1% of the most innovative companies in Europe. Thanks to the strong investment in R&D&I, the group participates in the development of new tech trends, provides solutions to specific societal problems and collaborates with the most advanced tech players of the world in the context of the European Union’s framework programmes.

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Successful conclusion of the European CROSSBOW project, led by ETRA GROUP

Last June, the European project CROSSBOW, framed in the H2020 programme and coordinated by ETRA R&D, successfully completed the work carried out during four and a half years.

CROSSBOW is one of the largest projects funded under the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Programme, Horizon 2020, and has enabled a successful deployment of technological solutions that have increased the exchange of resources for the promotion of cross-border management.

A transnational project

The main objective of the project, which marks a milestone in its sector, is the provision of tools that facilitate cross-border collaboration between different TSOs (energy transmission infrastructure operators). CROSSBOW offers the regional transmission grid greater flexibility and robustness through these four aspects:

  • Improved control of exchange power at international interconnection points
  • New energy storage solutions
  • Improved communications and control
  • A clear definition of a transnational wholesale market, proposing a fair and sustainable remuneration for clean energy by defining new business models that support the participation of new actors and cost reduction.

The implementation of the project has also had a significant social and ecological impact. Thanks to CROSSBOW, more than 70,000 jobs have been created, the quality of energy services for more than 55 million citizens has improved, 3 tons of GHG have been saved and, finally, the increase in RES share (15.2 TWh) has reached 10%.

You can find the main results of the project on their YouTube channel.

ETRA; the union of technology, innovation and experience

ETRA GROUP, with more than 30 years of experience, is a pioneer in innovation, development and incorporation of new tools and systems that provide society with the most advanced solutions.

In ETRA GROUP we offer effective solutions to current needs

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ETRA presents the European project USER-CHI at the ITS European Congress

USERCHI, a European project framed in the Horizon 2020 program, has as main objective to promote electric mobility in Europe. The representatives of this project had the opportunity to participate in the main event of intelligent transport systems in Europe this year, held from May 30 to June 1 in the city of Toulouse.

Indeed, ETRA I+D participated in the ITS European Congress presenting the project during the Special Interest Session 53 on “Improving EV Charging infrastructure in European urban areas”.

During this session, the improvement in the user experience in the recharging of electric vehicles was examined and the most recent advances to convert the recharging of electric vehicles into a more sustainable, accessible and economically profitable process were shown. Finally, two other projects on charging electric vehicles, eCharge4Drivers and INCIT-EV, were discussed.

The session was moderated by Dr. Evangelia Portouli (ICCS, Greece) together with the speakers Anagnostopoulou (ICCS, Greece) and Lieselot Vanhaverbeke (VUB, Belgium) for the eCharge4Drivers project. The INCIT-EV project was represented by Maurizio Arnone (LINKS Foundation, Italy); and the USER-CHI project was presented by María Tomás (ETRA, Spain) and Silvia Valero (Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Spain).

Together, they shared actions to seamlessly and efficiently integrate electric vehicle recharging infrastructures. As well as innovative solutions for the adoption of recharging electric vehicles in urban areas and in interurban corridors were also proposed.

The USERCHI project is part of the enormous R&D activity that ETRA develops at a national and European level (H2020 and Horizon Europe), and which aims to transform the most advanced technologies into solutions that allow improving the quality of people and protect the planet.

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ETRA successfully pilots 5G technology that enables advanced management in emergency situations

On Thursday, June 23, the demonstration of the “Emergencias 4.0” use case implemented by the ETRA group together with Orange and Huawei took place. The pilot project has been carried out in an Advanced Command Post for the Generalitat Valenciana installed in the Port of Sagunto.

The Emergency Management Platform 4.0 belongs to Red.es‘ 5G pilot project and the demonstration aims to show how 5G communications guarantee connectivity in emergency situations, offering remote and real-time inspection of the area.

ETRA has developed a drone emergency management platform that has the ability to manage and coordinate real-time navigation in emergency situations. The drones record images in 8k by the 3D camera that are sent in real time to a 360º immersive visualization model. Thanks to the use of augmented reality glasses, it is possible to view the captured images in 3D and also to visualize the emergency information.

The use of 5G technology applied to advanced emergency management allows for fast and efficient connectivity in critical situations arising from any type of incident or catastrophe. The drones are equipped with loT sensors to measure the necessary parameters for emergency management. Then, thanks to the connectivity offered by the 5G network, the information is sent with low latency and in real time to the platform to proceed with its management.

This case developed by ETRA is part of the 5G Valencia pilot project of Red.es, within the National 5G Plan and the National Plan for Intelligent Territories. Both plans are promoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation and co-financed with FEDER funds. This 5G project is managed by the UTE 5G Valencia, which is led by Orange and composed of companies such as Arborea Intellbird, CFZ Cobots, Idrica, Visyon (Mediapro Group), Elewit (REE), Robotnik and ETRA GROUP.

The aim of these national plans is to promote and develop 5G technology and associated techniques, as well as to implement use cases with the involvement of agents to improve the management of emergency situations.

ETRA GROUP attended Global Mobility Call

The Global Mobility Call, the largest convergent platform for all sectors involved in the development of sustainable mobility, was held at IFEMA MADRID from June 14 to 16.

The event, in which ETRA is part of the allied partners, has offered an unprecedented opportunity in the future of a decarbonized, safe, digitized and respectful of the planet and people’s health, aligned with the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), the Paris Agreement and the European Green Pact.

A congress full of speakers

Global Mobility Call has responded to the urgent need to bring together all the actors involved in sustainable mobility at this time of profound change and transformation.

Likewise, the congress has given voice to more than 100 speakers who have offered their point of view and experience on topics as diverse as the transformation of the automotive industry, multimodality and intermodality of air, maritime and land transport, public-private collaboration…

It is worth mentioning the presence of our colleague Antonio Marqués, director of technology and innovation at ETRA I+D, who on June 15 presented different technological proposals for greater citizen participation in the management of the mobility of people and goods.

Leader in sustainable mobility

The congress brought together more than 4,500 attendees in person and 13,000 online, on its Live Connect platform. Users connected from more than 40 countries and, to date, more than 1.5 million views have been registered.

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, closed the event on June 16 and said that the Forum “is the best example of the capacity for resilience, of the ambition to transform, of the essential collaboration between the public and private sectors”.

ETRA is delighted to be able to participate in events of this caliber, where we can share our knowledge and present our innovative technological solutions in the context of more than interesting presentations and panel discussions. A constant learning that allows us to improve more and more the Sustainable Mobility Ecosystem.

ETRA GROUP is the protagonist at the XXII Spanish Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) held in Madrid

Madrid hosted the 22nd Spanish Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems organised by ITS España. The main theme of the event was the deployment of ITS in the Spanish Government’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, the Spanish strategy that channels the European Union’s Next Generation funds designed to deal in a coordinated manner with the economic and social consequences of the pandemic and build a more sustainable future.

ETRA GROUP, as a leading company in the field of technologies for sustainable mobility and one of the main sponsors of the Congress, had a prominent presence in its programme, delving into the safest, most sustainable and efficient solutions for mobility.

Among the 4 contributions in the form of presentations by ETRA GROUP to the Congress was, on the first day, the one entitled “Tunnels as part of Smartmobility Management”, given by Pedro Rosa Ferrero and Vicente Sebastián. José Manuel Martínez Oliveira, from ETRA GROUP, did the same with his participation in “Evolution of cooperative services towards Cooperative Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM). Concept of CCAM Urban Corridors”.

The second day of the Congress, on Wednesday the 27th of April, featured the presentation “Implementation of ZBEs with guarantees”, by Juan Francisco Monzón, from ETRA GROUP. Finally, on the third and last day, we attended the speech by Francisco Javier Nuñez-Flores, from ETRA GROUP, which dealt with “Payment solutions in Public Transport”.

Once again, the presence of ETRA GROUP in this Congress allows us to present to the sector the most innovative technological mobility solutions that we propose, as well as interacting with other professionals, companies, universities and public institutions in shared challenges.

ETRA GROUP participates in Intertraffic Amsterdam 2022

ETRA GROUP had a great experience at the 2022 edition of Intertraffic Amsterdam, the benchmark trade fair for all professionals in the mobility ecosystem in Europe.

A unique exchange between professionals from all over the world who participate in this biennial trade fair, which deals with the latest news, trends and developments in infrastructures, traffic management, safety and parking.

Once again, ETRA GROUP’s participation in Intertraffic Amsterdam has allowed us to show the world the latest technological solutions that the company proposes in the field of smart mobility, always with the user at the centre. R&D&I, technology, engineering, installation and operation of Management and Control systems at the service of mobility and smart infrastructures.

Intertraffic Amsterdam once again provided a unique vision of the mobility industry, bringing together almost a thousand exhibitors and close to 30,000 professional visitors, with the focus on smart mobility, road safety, sustainability, traffic management, parking, intelligent infrastructures and software and hardware solutions to respond to the new challenges that society is facing in these areas

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Horizon 2020

The official results of the European R&D&I programme Horizon 2020 once again highlight ETRA’s technological leadership position.