EDF launches island smart grid projects


Paris, France — (METERING.COM) — September 9, 2011 – Electricité de France (EDF) is launching two smart grid projects in France and on French island territories in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

The Nice Grid project, which will take place in mainland France, is aimed to provide the first local life size demonstration of energy storage using Li-ion batteries integrated at three grid levels – the originating substation, distribution substation, and residential (with overall storage capacity of about 2.7 MWh).

Besides EDF, the other main participants in the project, which is being coordinated by ERDF, are Alstom Grid and Saft.

The Millener project, which will take place on the islands of Corsica, Guadeloupe and La Reunion, is aimed to investigate innovative energy and load management solutions. In the €30.2 million four-year project, various combinations of distributed resources will be deployed at participating consumer premises including solar generation, battery storage and energy load controllers. Private electric consumers enrolled in the program will also be provided with visualization of their energy consumption, allowing them to monitor their electricity use in real time.

Partners in the project include BPL Global, Delta Dore, Edelia, Saft, Schneider Electric, and Tenesol.

“Deployment and integrated management of solar generation, battery storage and customer load are a vital part of our smart grid strategy,” said Jean-Michel Deveza, director of the Smart Grids program in EDF’s Insular Power Systems Division. “This project is designed to better integrate distributed renewable energy, improve the stability of power systems and identify sustainable economic models.”