MICROGRID-BLUE is aimed at developing and transferring solutions that help achieve a scenario of massive integration of renewables in the territories of the Canary Islands, Senegal and Cape Verde.

This initiative, entitled "Smart microgrids for the massive integration of distributed renewable energies in the electrical systems of the Canary Islands and West Africa", brings together research centers, energy companies and public administration to work on the development of tools to help the management of electricity grids and the operation of island systems in scenarios of massive penetration of low-power renewable sources.

MICROGRID-BLUE is mainly based on the development of innovative solutions for the aggregation of distributed generation plants, in the form of intelligent microgrids or hybrid renewable generation systems adapted to the reality of each region. In addition, the initiative seeks to promote the dynamisation of external investments for the installation of pilot systems in Canary Islands, Senegal and Cape Verde.

Canary Islands Institute of Technology, a public R&D&i center attached to the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Islands Government, is the main beneficiary of the project that has the Canary Islands Universities as University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and University of La Laguna (ULL), as well as Cabildo de Lanzarote and  Cabildo de La Gomera. As entities associated with the project, the energy e-Distribution Digital Networks and Redexis participate, as well as the Vice-Ministry for the Fight against Climate Change of the Government of the Canary Islands.

As members of Third Countries, the Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency (ASER) and the Center for Studies and Research on Renewable Energies (CERER) of Senegal and the University of Cape Verde participate.

The project (with code MAC2/1.1b/278) is co-financed by the Interreg MAC 2014-2020 Cooperation Program, and corresponds to Axis 1 "Boosting research, technological development and innovation".

MICROGRID-BLUE is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the following being of special interest:

  • Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. (ITC). Canarias. España.
  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). Canarias. España.
  • Universidad de La Laguna (ULL). Canarias. España.
  • Cabildo Insular de Lanzarote. Canarias. España.
  • Cabildo Insular de La Gomera. Canarias. España.
  • Agence Sénégalaise d'Electrification Rurale (ASER). Senegal.
  • Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Energies Renouvelables (CERER). Senegal.
  • Universidade de Cabo Verde (UniCV). Cabo Verde
  • Viceconsejería de Lucha contra el Cambio Climático del Gobierno de Canarias. España.
  • E-Distribución Redes Digitales. España.
  • Redexis. España

November 2019 - November 2022

Main Objective:

Development and technological transfer of innovative tools to enhance the integration of distributed renewable energies in form of electric microgrids so that they can operate in coordination with the different agents in energy sector..

Objetivos específicos:

  • Development of regulatory and technical frameworks that allow the implementation of innovative services for the operation of intelligent microgrids and hybrid systems.
  • Development of solutions for the control and energy management of intelligent electrical microgrids and their integration in island systems.
  • Development of pilot projects and technology transfer agreements.