The project Recloser with Advanced Distributed Intelligence Functions for Network Automation (RADAR) started in April 2018. With a duration of 18 months, the initiative focuses on intelligent electricity distribution networks. It has three main objectives: (i) the development of equipment with adequate capacities to receive protection and control functions within the framework of intelligent networks; (ii) the creation of a prototyping laboratory for advances in equipment in intelligent distribution systems; (iii) the implementation of intelligent algorithms and software, to be loaded onto developed products.
Intelligent software and equipment are part of the technology line of New Elements of Automation for Electrical Systems and together should address present day problems in distribution networks, specifically to reduce downtime (supply interruptions).
The project counts with the participation of a multidisciplinary team, involving researchers from the following brazilian universities: Federal University of Vale do São Francisco (UNIVASF), Federal University of Sergipe (UFS), Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Technology University of Paraná (UTFPR), University Santa Cecília (UNISANTA).
The project “New Elements of Network Automation, with Advanced Distributed Intelligence Functions” is financed by EDP Brasil, in the environment regulated by the Brazilian National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL). Research execution and management are carried out by STPTec and INESC P&D Brasil.