Automatic Control Group

The Automatic Control group is pioneer in the field of control applications to marine energy systems in Spain, and in particular the OWC plant. Similarly there are very few other research groups dealing with plasma control in fusion reactors, which is one of the first steps in the fusion roadmap.

In this sense, the group presents significant contributions to these two research lines, with numerous publications in international journals (JCR) and several PhD theses. In addition, the group has established formal collaborative agreements with relevant institutions in the areas of application, namely with the Basque Energy Agency -EVE- for the use of the marine energy OWC-based pilot plant named NEREIDA and located in Mutriku (Bizkaia), with the research center CICbioGUNE and with the CIEMAT National Fusion Laboratory that servers as a bridge to access the TCV reactor of CRPP Lausanne under the umbrella of the EURATOM.

Research Group equipment and infrastructures

  • Wave tank (5m) for tidal and wave energy production
  • Scaled workbench composed of a turbine emulator coupled to a squirrel cage generator
  • Scaled workbench composed of wells turbine emulator coupled to a doubly fed induction generator
  • UPV/EHU Fusion Reactor