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Alstom to support $38 million smart grid project in Vendee, France

Iain Morris
June 17, 2014
Alstom has won a contract to support the integration of renewable energy resources in the French coastal district of Vendee as part of a €28 million ($38 million) smart grid project.

The technology company will provide its distributed energy resources management system to the project, whose goal is to pilot a range of smart grid technologies over the next five years.

Alstom (Levallois-Perret, France) says the integration of distributed energy resources will require the deployment of new information and operations technologies to smooth intermittency in generation or consumption peaks.

During the project in Vendee, its software technology will be integrated with network operator “decision support tools” to offer a single active contro portal for managing distributed generation and demand side resources.

“Alstom is proud to be at the forefront of smart grid development, supporting the Smart Grid Vendée project,” said Karim El Naggar, vice president of Alstom Grid’s network management solutions. “Renewable power is fast-growing, and expected to make up almost a quarter of the global power mix by 2018.”

“Today, Alstom’s … solution enables more than 10,000MW of demand response globally, representing over 1,000,000 end-user residential customers and over 10,000 commercial and industrial customers,”added El Naggar.

Alstom now claims to be participating in more than 30 grid innovation projects worldwide that have received funding from the private and public sectors.
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