This uses cookies that do not gather any personal information whatsoever. By using this website, you agree with the cookie policy.
OK, I ACCEPT

Outreach

"O projeto MAG-GIC do CITEUC, financiado pela FCT, estuda o efeito da atividade solar sobre a rede elétrica nacional. Combina informação das tempestades geomagnéticas medidas em Coimbra, com modelos de condutividade elétrica do solo calculados pelo IDL e informação da topologia da rede elétrica fornecida pela REN. O cálculo e medição da intensidade das correntes geomagneticamente induzidas (GICs) nos transformadores das subestações da rede, pretende antecipar e evitar perturbações que noutros países levaram a ‘blackouts’ com prejuízos significativos."

Project MAG-GIC, from CITEUC and IDL, is funded by FCT and studies the effect of solar activity on the power network over mainland Portugal in the form of geomagnetically induced currents (GICs).

GIC computation requires to combine information on geomagnetic storms obtained at the Magnetic Observatory of Coimbra, with Earth electrical conductivity models computed by IDL, and information on the topology of the power network provided by REN. Measuring GICs is now within our reach, as well, thanks to collaboration with LIBPhys. 

The main goal of this project is to understand the effect of GICs on the components of the power system and thus antecipate eventual major damages (vídeo in portuguese).

Installation of the GIC measuring system at the Paraimo substation from REN. Under the MAG-GIC project (Geomagnetically induced currents in Portugal mainland, PTDC/CTAGEO/31744/2017) from CITEUC and LIBPhys-UC.