France’s Sagemcom wins share of InovGrid smart grid project

EDP InovGrid smart grid project
EDP launched the smart grid project InovGrid in 2007 with a view to putting the consumer at the centre of a reformed electricity supply system. Pic credit: EDP

In Southern Europe, Portuguese energy operator Energias de Portugal (EDP) has offered Sagemcom the chance to contribute to its smart grid project InovGrid.

French technology company Sagemcom, which operates in smart grid, smart city and Internet of Things markets, will supply 240,000 AMM PRIME PLC meters through local partner Enermeter.

Commenting on the deal, Eric Rieul, CEO of Sagemcom Energy & Telecom SAS, said the company will help EDP to “fulfil its ambition for a smart grid roll out”.

Smart grid project

Since EDP launched InovGrid in October 2007, the smart grid project has offered a number of European technology companies the chance to be involved.

InovGrid’s main objective is customer-centric and plans to increase customers’ control over energy consumed, cut costs, and increase flexibility of tariffs and value added services.

At the start of the project EDP, through EDP Distribuição, signed a protocol with Portuguese companies, including electromechanical giant Efacec, to create a new interaction model between consumers and the power grid.

Besides Efacec, other national companies and institutions participating in the project include EDP Inovação, INESC Porto, Janz/Contar and Logica.

Data concentrator supplier

While in May 2015, Compton Greaves (CG), part of the Bombay-based Avantha Group, secured a deal to supply data concentrators to EDP.

CG won a tender to supply PRIME Alliance-certified data concentrator units made by its Spanish subsidiary ZIV.

The ZIV 4CTT units, which received PRIME approval last year,  are the second batch of data concentrators ordered by EDP.

By the end of Q1 2015, EDP Distribuição had installed 3,000 DTCs within the scope of the InovGrid project.

The target for 2015 is to reach an aggregated figure of 10,000 PRIME DTCs.

The InovGrid smart grid project will have direct impact at the distribution network level, where the strengthening of the intelligent remote asset management will allow the network to increase the dispersed generation capacity.