ERDF launches Venteea smart grid project


Troyes, France — (METERING.COM) — December 10, 2012 – ERDF (Electricité Réseau Distribution France), France’s public distribution network manager,and its industrial and academic partners have launched the Venteea project, which aims to demonstrate the integration of wind energy into the electrical grid.

The project will take place at Troyes in the Aube region, which concentrates the most medium and high wind power in France. Its objectives are to better integrate the wind energy and improve network efficiency, while optimizing the cost of connection.

The tools and solutions to be tested in the Venteea project will seek to smooth out fluctuations in the wind power generation and reduce disturbances in the grid (20 kV). In addition the project will explore the possibility of developing storage options for the wind energy.

Funding support for the project is being provided by the Agency for Environment and Energy Management (L’Agence de l’Environnementet de la Maîtrise de l’Energie, ADEME).

Other partners in the project include:

  • EDF R&D, which is providing technical support and expertise
  • Enel Green Power, which is making available its 30 MW Vallée de l’Arcewind farm
  • GE Energy, which will manage the information system
  • l’EcoleCentrale de Lille and its L2EP laboratory, which will work on storage solutions
  • MADE-SA, which will contribute its expertise in directional fault detection sensing
  • RTE, France’s transmission system operator
  • Saft, which will provide lithium-ion battery technology solutions
  • Schneider Electric, which will develop and test various smart grid solutions
  • Technology University of Troyes (L’Université de technologie de Troyes, UTT), which will develop power distribution planning and performance monitoring tools.