ScopeThe expansion of decentralized power generation—which, with sources like solar and wind energy, is often intermittent—has spurred changes in the way existing smart grids are managed. Today, grids must adapt to these new generation methods while continuing to provide a reliable power supply to meet the needs of the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors.
Tenerrdis’ smart grid and storage program brings together long-standing leaders in the field of power generation and distribution (like French national electric utility EDF, Schneider Electric, Nexans, Siemens, and Alstom), reputed electricity management and storage research labs like G2ELab, small- to mid-sized businesses specializing in smart grids and, in association with the Minalogic competitive cluster, ICTs. Organizations working to overcome the barriers to energy storage—crucial to our future smart grids and the widespread adoption of electric vehicles—are also active at Tenerrdis.
Technology ResearchPREDIS: an advanced center for innovation and training in decentralized power systems, boasts a 2,500 m2 facility on the Grenoble University campus. The center’s work aims to provide the energy industry with the most advanced smart grid management technology possible. Its research covers the entire generation and distribution chain, from decentralized, renewable power generation through to energy trading, user-centered approaches to energy, and low-power technologies.
GreenLys: Certified by Tenerrdis and backed by the expertise of ERDF, GEG, GDF Suez , Schneider Electric, and Grenoble Institute of Technology—as well as the solid smart grid experience of Atos Worldgrid, CNRS LEPII, Hespul, CEA-Lient, Alstom Grid, RAEE, and RTE—the GreenLys project is the first-ever life-sized smart grid and smart system demonstrator. It will be used to test overall smart grid operation encompassing the end consumer, renewable power generation equipment, electric vehicles, and the Linky communicating electricity meter. Two urban platforms will be developed—one in Grenoble and one in Lyon—covering 1,000 residential electricity consumers and 40 commercial properties.
Key FiguresSince 2005 Tenerrdis has certified 61 smart grid and storage R&D projects and demonstrators, 20 of which have received government funding. A total of 90 organizations are involved in these projects.
Breakdown of smart grid and storage projects financed
(TENERRDIS-certified collaborative projects)