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RTE upgrades French grid with ABB control

Steve Rogerson
November 21, 2017

French transmission utility RTE (Réseau de Transport d’Électricité) is upgrading its network with an ABB control system and software so its operators can monitor and control the grid more efficiently.
Swiss company ABB’s Ability network manager control system is scalable and will help monitor and control the network with thousands of substations to ensure reliability across all of France, including Paris, the City of Lights.
ABB’s consortium partner Atos Worldgrid will be responsible for the integration and maintenance of the system.
The increasing contribution of renewables to the energy mix requires the grid to become more flexible and interconnected to handle intermittence, balance demand and supply, and ensure stability. This calls for a more intelligent power grid that can handle integration of high levels of wind and solar and increase the use of renewables to lower environmental impact but at the same time safeguard security and quality of power supply.
“Our ABB Ability network manager control system will enable RTE to manage and optimise the transmission network across France and help maximise the reliable and efficient delivery of clean power to millions of consumers,” said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s grid automation business. ”Enhancing our digital focus and supporting our customers as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid, is a cornerstone of our next level strategy.”
As France’s leading transmission utility, RTE has a transmission network composed of more than 1200 transformers, 2800 substations and 3500 delivery points. RTE is executing a grid modernisation programme across its electricity network to ensure a reliable power supply to consumers across France.
France is the sixth largest country in the world by gross domestic product, with a population of more than 64 million people. Its annual power consumption of more than 440TW-hours is supported by Europe’s largest transmission network with 50 cross-border connections and nearly 105,000km of lines that transport electricity over long distances.
ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees.