Grid management solution for renewable energy sources on Guadeloupe


Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe — (METERING.COM) — April 16, 2010 – A new system designed to monitor and manage renewable energy at the EDF SEI centre on the island of Guadeloupe has been successfully installed by Itron, the company has announced.

The solution allows EDF SEI to integrate renewable energy sources into the grid while ensuring the security of the electricity network and responding to problems associated with the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources.

In the French overseas departments – in which EDF SEI is responsible for the public service of electricity – and generally on islands, renewable energy (photovoltaic and/or wind) represents a large proportion of total energy generation. Constant monitoring of the renewable energy contribution ratio is critical in order to maintain this unpredictable source of energy below a certain limit, thus ensuring the grid security and reliability.

The grid management solution was designed, manufactured and implemented by Itron as a turnkey solution that includes field commissioning and training services. The solution allows EDF SEI to obtain accurate information relating to the generation of energy and to analyze at all times the quantity of renewable energy injected into the grid. This information combined with the integration of several alert levels ensures EDF SEI can detect any potential incident on the grid enabling them to intervene when necessary.

Thanks to the success of this project, EDF SEI has decided to deploy this system to other EDF SEI centers.

“We are convinced that the installation of this new system will guarantee the reliability and security of our electricity systems,” said Alain Nicodeme, project manager EDF SEI.

EDF SEI is responsible for the public service of electricity in Corsica and the French overseas departments including the Guadeloupe archipelago, Guyana, Martinique, Reunion, and St Pierre and Miquelon.