Smart Wires Receives Order for a Second Largescale Project with ISA Transelca

Smart Wires receives order for a second largescale project with ISA Transelca in Colombia

May 26, 2022

Smart Wires announced it has received a purchase order from ISA Transelca for a grid expansion project in the Atlantico region in Colombia. The project will enable an additional 300 MW of renewables to reliably connect to the grid by June 2024.

This project will consist of Smart Wires’ technology — SmartValveTM — installations on five 220 kV circuits across ISA Transelca’s network. This project signifies Smart Wires’ second largescale project with ISA – the first will be installed later this year and includes applications of SmartValve on two circuits in Colombia’s Guajira-Cesar-Magdalena region.

“We are excited to move forward with the ISA projects and enhance our growth in Latin America,” said Smart Wires CEO Peter Wells. “We are proud to continue to support economic development, as well as to facilitate the delivery of renewable energy, in Colombia.”

“ISA Group is an industry leader in Latin America, and we look forward to our continued collaboration,” said Smart Wires Senior Vice President – Americas Jessica Joyce. “This latest project demonstrates ISA’s commitment to deliver reliable, affordable electricity to its customers, to maximize the use of its grid and to support the rapid growth of renewable energy in the region.”

Smart Wires installed an initial pilot project in Colombia with Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) in 2021 to gain experience with the technology. This was followed by a large project with Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB) which was delivered earlier this year, unlocking more than 250 MW of network capacity on the existing grid.

The use of FACTS devices (such as SmartValve) is incentivized in Colombia’s 2020-2034 Transmission Expansion Plan, published by the national planning agency (Unidad de Planeacion Minero Energetica, UPME). The national plan includes multiple FACTS projects over the coming years because this technology can affordably strengthen and optimize the use of the existing grid.

The Smart Wires Technology Ltd. regulatory release is available here.

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Grupo Energia Bogota Improves Supply of Electricity In Caribbean Region And Unlocks 252 Mw Capacity Using Transformational Technology

Grupo Energia Bogota Improves Supply of Electricity In Caribbean Region And Unlocks 252 Mw Capacity Using Transformational Technology

March 10, 2022

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Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB) is improving the supply of reliable, affordable electricity to Colombian consumers by using SmartValve™ technology in the Caribbean region of their network. This marks the second installation of SmartValve in Colombia, with more projects to be delivered in 2022 to further strengthen the national transmission network.

This project at the Termocandelaria substation in Cartagena uses modular power flow control technology, SmartValve, to alleviate inter-regional congestion and unlock 252 MW of new capacity for generation on the existing network.

SmartValve intelligently controls the flow of power across transmission lines, and ensure flows are efficient and balanced across the region. Put simply, SmartValve pushes power off overloaded lines or pulls power on to underutilized lines.

By using the network more efficiently, SmartValve releases new interconnection capacity for the Termocandelaria power plant on the existing network. This new released capacity provides greater availability of energy to meet demand and improves reliability of supply, alleviating dispatch restrictions and supporting economic development in the region.

“With the implementation of these innovative devices, the Group contributes to the country’s energy security. In addition, among their functional advantages, SmartValves offer wide environmental and economic benefits, as they provide solutions to different needs in the short, medium, and long term for the country, since they reduce the obligation to carry out new transmission projects, such as lines and substations, to adequately dispatch the energy generated”, said Fredy Zuleta, General Manager of Transmission of Grupo Energía Bogotá.

“We are instead using SmartValve technology to redistribute power flows across our lines and get more from our existing grid. This technology is a timely and cost-effective way to increase the capacity on this part of our network, without disrupting local communities and the environment,” he said.

“We are delighted to collaborate with GEB on this pivotal project which is unlocking significant capacity and strengthening supply of reliable affordable electricity to consumers across the Caribbean region,”

Joaquin Peirano

Commercial Manager - Latin America

Joaquin Peirano, Commercial Manager – Latin America at Smart Wires, said “Transmission owners in Colombia are advancing progress towards net zero by using modular power flow control technology to future proof the grid.”

“We are delighted to collaborate with GEB on this pivotal project which is unlocking significant capacity and strengthening supply of reliable affordable electricity to consumers across the Caribbean region,” he said.

“This work shows GEB’s commitment to improve the lives of people in every corner of Colombia with sustainable and competitive energy.”

“Colombia has become a global leader in leveraging technology to enable a cleaner, greener future. GEB’s project follows a successful initial installation by Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM) last year. Further SmartValve projects will be delivered later in 2022 by other transmission owners across the country providing additional capacity for renewables connecting across the grid.”

The use of FACTS devices (such as SmartValve) is incentivized in Colombia’s 2020-2034 Transmission Expansion Plan, published by the national planning agency (Unidad de Planeacion Minero Energetica, UPME). Given the value of this technology to cost-effectively strengthen and optimize the use of the existing grid, the national plan includes multiple FACTS projects over the coming years.

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Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) Announces Successful Effort Leveraging Modular FACTS

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) announces successful effort leveraging Modular FACTS

March 10, 2021

  • Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) sought to gain experience with this technology, which has broad economic and environmental benefits.
  • This technology plays an important role in the energy transformation by facilitating the connection of renewable generation.
  • With this work, EPM distinguishes itself as a leader in Latin America.

EPM innovates to serve their customers by investing in solutions that improve quality of life throughout their service territory. To fulfil this purpose, EPM announces its successful application of Modular FACTS (Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems). This places EPM at the forefront of the electricity sector in Latin America, as a pioneer in the adoption of this technology.

Modular FACTS manage the power flow on the grid as if it were the flow of water in a pipe. By moving power from heavily loaded lines to others with spare capacity, this technology optimizes the existing infrastructure. Global power technology company, Smart Wires, provides a Modular FACTS solution called SmartValveTM.

“SmartValve was recognized in 2020 by the World Economic Forum within the Critical Infrastructure category as one of the top three technologies playing a fundamental role in the energy transition of the last decade. SmartValve facilitates renewable generation connections by optimizing infrastructure and therefore received this acknowledgement due to the environmental and social benefits it provides,” said Mónica Ruiz Arbeláez, CEO of EPM.

EPM has been following Modular FACTS since 2005. In 2017, when the technology was broadly commercialized, EPM initiated efforts to explore the possibility of using SmartValve on its system within the Aburrá Valley Expansion Plan. This announcement marks the successful energization of SmartValves on EPM’s grid.

“We congratulate EPM for their vision and commitment to leverage innovation to benefit Medellin ratepayers and the broader Colombian electric sector,” reflected Peter Wells, Smart Wires CEO. “The EPM team has been, and continues to be, one of the best we have worked with around the world – both in terms of their technical capability and also with respect to their spirit of partnership to accomplish a common goal. EPM should be incredibly proud of their leadership in Colombia and more broadly in Latin America – leveraging innovation to eliminate congestion, help connect lower cost generation, and cost-effectively increase reliability, bringing incredibly value to Colombian ratepayers.”

Among the advantages of Modular FACTS are:

  1. By providing real-time flexibility and control, this technology improves system reliability and lowers operational costs.
  2. It limits the impact of infrastructure on urban areas and natural environments by deferring or avoiding the construction of new power transmission lines or the repowering of existing lines.
  3. It enables the connection of new renewable energy resources, ensuring the power they generate can reach electricity markets and demand centers.
  4. By optimizing existing infrastructure, this technology ensures EPM efficiently deploys capital and enables them to keep costs low for Colombian consumers.

The project results will be socialized with companies throughout the Colombian electricity sector including the Regulating Commission of Energy and Gas (CREG according to the initials in Spanish), the regulator, and the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the governmental entities in charge of planning the expansion and operation of the National Interconnected System (SIN). “Modular FACTS will allow us to technologically drive the development of the electricity sector in our country, and the successful results of this project will enable its use in Latin America,” said Mónica Ruiz Arbeláez, CEO of EPM.

Unlike traditional FACTS – which occupy large spaces in substations, require custom designs and are not easily relocatable – SmartValves offer a modular approach to investment. This means deployments can be scaled alongside changing system needs. SmartValves offer flexible installation footprints, saving valuable substation space, and can even be located on transmission towers or on mobile units. Since they are voltage-agnostic, SmartValves can easily be moved from their initial location as system needs evolve.

"Modular FACTS will allow us to technologically drive the development of the electricity sector in our country, and the successful results of this project will enable its use in Latin America,"

Mónica Ruiz Arbeláez

CEO of EPM

With this project, EPM cements its position as a leader and a pioneer in Latin America. By using innovative technologies that benefit their customers and the broader electricity sector, EPM is improving the quality of life for people throughout their service territory and making a positive impact on the global energy transition.

About EPM

EPM Group is a multi-Latin group with presence in six countries: Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama. The Organization, which serves more than 20 million people, provides water supply services, wastewater management, generation, distribution, commercialization and transmission of energy, natural gas commercialization, seawater purification and solid waste management.

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