Gas Natural SDG S.A. is the mother company of the Gas Natural Fenosa group. It is a multinational energy services group whose activities include generation, supplying, distributing, commercialization of natural gas and electricity business. Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) is a leading multi-national in the gas and power sectors operating in 23 countries, with more than 20 million customers. Following the acquisition of Unión Fenosa, Spain's third biggest power company, GNF has achieved its objective of integrating its gas and electricity businesses in a single company, capable of competing efficiently in energy markets subject to a process of increasing integration, globalisation and levels of competition. It is the largest integrated gas and power company in Spain and Latin America, leading the natural gas sales market in the Iberian peninsula, and is the world's third largest liquid natural gas (LNG) operator, with a fleet of 13 methane carriers. It is the biggest supplier of natural gas and LNG in the Mediterranean and Atlantic basin. Market leader in the distribution sector it is present throughout the entire gas value chain, with investments in exploration, production, liquefaction and transport operations.
Other company of the GNF Group is Gas Natural Servicios SDG S.A., specialized in knowing the different customers needs in order to offer customized products and services in a standardized model, contributing both to increase the margin for our customers, offering energy efficiency related services, and to a better environmental performance. Gas Natural Servicios also develops projects for improving the efficiency of energy use, providing services to almost 2,500 customers in Spain. In order to achieve this aim, they implement complete solutions to their customers.
The third company of the group participating in the project is Gas Natural Informática S.A. that provides and implements innovative technology solutions ensuring operational efficiency, process excellence and key data treatment for decision making and achieving goals. They are experts on communications, hardware and software solutions for data centres. In this initiative will participate the Engineering Company of the Gas Natural Fenosa Group: Gas Natural Engineering. They act as engineering company that designs the actions to implement in the projects and work in the assessment of the solutions.
Role in InteGRIDy:
Smart Grid Integration, self-consumption & enlarged RES penetration factor (Barcelona, ES): In this task the pilot use case will be developed at Claror Cartagena Sport Centre in Barcelona, a case with a 100% electric-driven thermal system (pilot case of Smart City project “GrowSmarter”). Three groups of activities will be included: Demand-Response design, Smartening of the distribution grid and Demonstration of energy storage technologies. An integrated thermal-electrical platform will be developed, by using tools like APROS/SimaPro, Trynsys, Modellica and the use case will be extensively monitored during the project duration. An electrical storage via Li-Io battery will be installed and different management strategies of DR will be analysed, considering different scenarios for demand-response strategies. To help the implementation of demand-response strategies, a previous analysis and specific tests on the different components of the system will be done in the Gas Natural living lab in Madrid. Furthermore, the increase of on-site self-sufficiency and the interaction between the grid, the available storage solutions (battery and heat storage) and on-site PV generation will be analysed.
Validation of New Business Models, Replication Feasibility Analysis: Starting from the results of development of New Business Models & inteGRIDy Replication Plan (, this task aims to validate the new business models and to analyse the feasibility of replication. Differences between the specificities of the country of each partner will be considered, and the result of this task will try to validate the potential of the Business Models to be replicated and rolled out all over Europe. The new business models will be validated considering the specific conditions of the small and large pilot use cases. The business models will implement a cost-benefit analysis for the customer, the DSO and the energy storage operator and they will be developed in term of cost, performance, efficiency, energy balance, lifetime, investment costs. The results of the replication feasibility analysis will be compiled in a guideline document, which will be written down with the help of the consortium partners.