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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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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.

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.

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Horizonte 2020

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

Q3 2021

GRUPOETRA faces the fourth quarter of 2021 with a high volume of activity and multiple new projects.

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XXI CONGRESO ITS ESPAÑA

GRUPOETRA, as a leader in the field of technologies for sustainable mobility, once again plays a leading role in the Spanish ITS Congress.