The project named “Technology for Intelligent Energy Networks – TECCON 2” has the goal of enhancing the efficiency, reliability and safety of transmission lines using sensor systems based on optical fiber. In order to achieve that, it aims the development of the prototype of a polymeric insulator with insulating class of 230 kV, provided with sensor technologies in optical fiber. In addition, a supervision system will be developed, based on models of computer intelligence for the scanning and processing of data. The system constitutes an innovative solution for the real-time monitoring of transmission lines.
Given the dimension of the challenge, it was necessary to unite various partner research entities in a highly multidisciplinary team. In the project, concepts are developed that involves concepts of photonics, instrumentation, communication, computing, power systems, high voltage and innovation management. Thus, in total, eight partner entities are involved in the Project: Campina Grande Federal University, Pará Federal University, Santa Catarina Federal University, Paraná Federal University of Technology, Itajubá Federal University, Campinas State University, INESC TEC and INESC P&D Brazil (coordinating entity). The TECCON II, which has expected duration of 36 months, is funded by the Brazilian Energy Transmitter (TBE), as a part of the R&D program of the company.