Grenoble plant to produce two million smart meters a year
November 26, 2014
CG is to open a facility in Grenoble to produce, test and calibrate more than two million ZIV smart meters per year. This should cover the demand for Linky meters in France, and thereby provide local support to electricity distributor ERDF. The company recently won an order from ERDF to participate in the supply of three million Linky smart meters, in the first phase of its 35 million unit rollout plan for 2021.
This facility will house the centre of excellence for G3-PLC technology, be fully equipped to manufacture ZIV single and three phase Linky G1 and G3 meters, and should be ready to produce the first units by the second quarter of 2015. The centre will make available around 200 direct and indirect jobs in the area once full production capacity is reached.
"We are pleased to be setting up this new world-class facility in Grenoble,” said Laurent Demortier, CG’s CEO. “This significant stride is perfectly in keeping with CG’s ambitious plans of further developing the Linky programme. The challenges ahead notwithstanding, we remain focussed on making the smart grid a tangible reality by providing solutions born from innovation. "
The manufacturing facility, together with the existing facilities in Spain, will let CG handle large-scale deployments in France, UK, Spain, the Netherlands and other countries in the area. Europe’s smart metering market is expected to grow sharply and hit 180 million units by 2020. The overall distribution automation market in Europe is expected to reach over $800m by 2018.
According to ERDF, the Linky programme will create 10,000 jobs in France.
CG, after acquiring ZIV, has become a key provider of smart meters and an important player in the global smart grid market where it offers ZIV meters, data concentrator units and distribution automation products.