Harnessing Smart Grid Flexibility with Edge Computing

At Barbara, we help companies seeking to participate in a Smart Grid model to overcome their 4 main challenges.

Tackling Smart Grid Main Challenges

legacy systems
by virtualising each of the Smart Grid components.
Ejecución de procesos
automated processes
to achieve flexibility among participating actors.
Espacio de confianza
a space of mutual trust
and sovereign peer to peer data exchange.

Despliegue de algoritmos
AI algorithms
from different authors to gain with flexibility.

Making the Smart Grid accesible to all stakeholders

We have designed the technology that enables all stakeholders in the Smart Grid to obtain visibility of all components, harnessing the value of flexibility.


Gain grid visibility through the virtualisation of transmission substations to freely deploy AI.

DERs Operators

Be Smart Grid ready to liaise with TSOs and DSOs.

Energy Communities

Achieve grid interoperability with other stakeholders through smart grid readiness.


Supervise behind-the-meter assets for demand-side flexibility.


Combine off-grid assets and transact with other smart-grid stakeholders.


Cyber-securely deploy real-time, multi-facet OT algorithms in secondary substations.

IEDs manufacturers

Incorporate the Edge revolution inswitchgear for servitized business models.

How we do it

For greater flexibility, effectiveness and efficiency in O&M


The separation of hardware and software in electrical equipment has significant implications in terms of design, development, and maintenance. The main reason behind this separation is to allow for greater flexibility, upgradability, and ease of maintenance in substations.


The full virtualization of the Transmission Substation was accomplished by deploying an Edge Node and some edge apps with Barbara Platform for data monitoring and processing.

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Dive into more cases

Transmission Substation Virtualization

The separation of hardware and software in electrical equipment has significant implications in terms of design, development, and maintenance. The main reason behind this separation is to allow for greater flexibility, upgradability, and ease of maintenance in substations. Learn more about how to virtualize a substation by integrating critical functions into virtual edge software containers.

Enabling an early  prediction model  for underground  high-voltage lines with  Edge Computing

Barbara´s Edge platform offers Edge Computing-based solutions tailored for critical installations. It enables the efficient operation and predictive maintenance of high-voltage transmission lines through the application of distributed artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Edge Computing Mesh Network for Distribution Substations

Learn how Barbara enabled Smart Grid stakeholder to virtualize the components of a medium to low voltage transformer substation and achieve independence between hardware and software and enable peer-to-peer cooperation between substations.

Federated Edge Platform for sovereign data exchange

Barbara Industrial Edge platform will provide local sovereignty to the data source through the implementation of Edge IDS connectors and will include a cyber security layer for secure communications, identity management, trust management and access control, in line with the IDS vision.

Digital Twin of a Distribution Transformer

Discover how CUERVA gained complete, real-time digital visibility into the last mile of the power grid, making the system more transparent to all stakeholders while reducing the number of incidents and associated response times.

Implementation of Virtual Power Plants for Efficient Demand Management

Aggregate heterogeneous distributed resources and facilitate physical world connectivity. Barbara's software enables the creation of Virtual Power Plants through Edge Computing Nodes that monitor and control the power sources, and a centralized control platform that manages the entire system in an agile and simple way.

Edge Computing in Substations

With Barbara's Edge Platform, CUERVA is able to capture and process real-time data from line cells and fault pass detectors as well as detect anomalous behavior and optimize its maintenance operations.

Energy monitoring system for self-sufficient residential installations

EDP Solar needed to have a monitoring system that would allow it to obtain real-time information on its customers' production and consumption, as well as alarms and information on the status of each installation, both to make it available to its customers and for internal use by the O&M team.

Smart Management of Distributed Generation Assets

Learn how with Barbara Edge Platform, EDP was able to achieve real-time control of distributed resources such as photovoltaic inverters, batteries, EV chargers and heat pumps with Edge Gateways to make smart flexibility decisions between Smart Grid stakeholders.


"We value the fact Barbara is technology agnostic and most of all their agility and flexibility to find solutions to every challenge that emerged along the way.”


"Barbara solved one of our major problems which is the range of languages and protocols we run on our power grid. To do it internally was too costly and slowfor us. They managed to resolve the data intake quickly, making it available wherever we needed it."


"Heterogeneity is a critical issue for us. We manage a wide diversity of solar plants with equipment from different manufacturers and we needed the versatility that Barbara's technology could offer us."

If you would like more information on what use cases you can implement and how to do it, please contact one of our experts.

Edge apps certified and validated in the electrical industry, ready to be deployed.

IEC 60870-5-104
IEC 61850
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