Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH



CITCEA is characterised by its expertise in mechatronics
and enertronics, especially in the fields of power electronics
and digital control.

• Mechatronics involves working with electrical and electronic
equipment, power electronics, microprocessor control and
communications, digital signal processing (DSP) and automation.
• Enertronics involves energy innovation in all activities related
to the electricity sector and electric power,  from its generation
to its consumption.

CITCEA provides businesses with the following types of projects:

Design and development of static power converters controlled digitally using microcontrollers and DSP.

Design and improvement of mechanical equipment so that all current technologies in electronics, control, information science and communications can be used.

Improved management, control and quality of electric power from its production to its consumption, including renewable energies and integration into the electricity grid.

Automation of machines and industrial processes using programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers.

DC power supplies.

Machine digital control using microcontrollers and DSP, including the acquisition and processing of data and signals. Control of DC and induction engines, embedded PCs, etc.

Fast and ultra-fast battery chargers, introduction of electric vehicles.

Equipment monitoring the quality of the electricity grid, remote monitoring by mobile phone or Internet, diagnosis of disturbances, proposals to eliminate sensitivity to disturbances, executive project for the solution.

CITCEA develops turnkey projects for businesses in various sectors and accompanies its clients all the way up to the industrialisation phase.

It operates in the following sectors:

Capital goods productionEnergy and the environmentIndustrial automation



Wind power, solar power and microgrids.


http://www.citcea.upc.edu | info.cit@upc.edu | +34.93.405.46.90 | +34.93.405.44.19

  • First charging station to return energy from an electric vehicle to the grid

    A charging station has been developed to supply energy from an electric vehicle’s battery to the grid. The station incorporates vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-home (V2H) technology, so that users can sell energy to the grid or supply energy from their vehicles to their homes.
    The innovative system was developed as part of the V2M (Vehicle2Microgrid) project, which won the NOVARE I + D + i 2010 award, funded and promoted by Endesa. V2M research and development is led by CITCEA UPC, with the collaboration of IREC.

  • Bidirectional three-phase power converter for a microgrid

    CITCEA UPC has designed and built a bidirectional three-phase power converter to be used between a battery or supercapacitor energy storage system and an experimental microgrid. This converter enables private power generation, storage and consumption to be integrated into the public grid. Thus, private generation can be considered by the public system as an intelligent, single entity that can supply itself independently, but can also support the grid, supply and consume energy, depending on the needs and/or shortfalls of the public electricity system. The power that is generated is integrated close to where it is consumed, which helps to relieve the power transmission system. The device was developed as part of a tender issued by CENER. CITCEA UPC has a replica of this device in its lab.


    More information: Jordi Martín

    Industrial Liason Office

    Phone: 93.4054690

    Email: info.cit@upc.edu

  • Smart Grids for rural environments

    On 4 and 5 February, CITCEA UPC attended the kick-off meeting for the Smart Rural Gridproject that is funded by the EU (FP7). The aim of the project is to validate new technologies and devices for active smart grid management in rural environments. Consumers will be directly involved in managing electricity demand, and a system for forecasting and managing load balance and congestion will be developed, in order to simplify and facilitate the incorporation of renewable energy sources. The response time for critical services is expected to be in the order of milliseconds.

    The three-year project is coordinated by Estabanell i Pahisa Energia, and has a budget of 3.2 million euros.

  • Smart platform for energy management