EDF buys Alstom-Saft solution for smart grid test


A French consortium of engineering company Alstom and battery maker Saft has won a bid to supply the EDF energy group with a storage system using a container of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries to test the system’s ability to regulate the frequency of the grid.

Alstom’s MaxSine eStorage solution and Saft’s Intensium Max 20M storage system will be installed on EDF’s experimental concept grid near Paris.

The test grid, the first of its kind in France, was created to develop smart electrical systems and grids.

EDF’s R&D will use the storage system and power converter, which will be delivered in late 2014, to evaluate the ability of such a system to regulate the balance between energy produced and energy consumed, and particularly the adjustment potential of the primary reserve.

Patrick Plas, senior vice-president, Smart Grid & HVDC at Alstom Grid, said: “The battery energy storage system is part of the ‘Nouvelle France Industrielle’ project, a scheme launched by the French government in 2013.

“Alstom Grid is contributing its technological expertise to the excellence of the French and European energy industry.”

In 2013 Alstom and Saft collaborated on smart grid demonstration project Nice Grid, in southern France, installing a 1 MW battery energy storage system to address the risk of grid instability in the event of a massive influx of intermittent solar energy.

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