Six leading companies are mobilizing alongside the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis to make NICE SMART VALLEY a reference demonstrator of tomorrow’s Smart Grids.


Some key figures from 2016:

Turnover €13.845 billion
Number of primary substations 2,260
Number of secondary substations 778,774
Total staff 38,507
Length of the grid 1,348,876 km

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COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Enedis is a public service company that manages the electricity distribution network. It develops, operates and modernizes the electrical grid and manages the associated data. Enedis carries out customer connections, 24/7 troubleshooting, meter readings, and all technical interventions. It is independent of the energy suppliers, which are responsible for retail activities and the management of electricity contracts. Enedis employs 38,000 people and serves 35 million customers connected to the low and medium-voltage grids.

INVOLVEMENT IN THE SMART GRID

Enedis is involved in major Smart Grid projects in France and Europe in order to carry out a full-scale test of their much-anticipated functionalities and services. This includes contributions to the local adjustment of generation intermittency, demand side management, and the mitigation of potential related constraints on the grid, supporting improved energy conservation as a result. The Linky project is the primary stage in the construction of this intelligent network. More than 5 million smart meters have been installed, and Enedis is aiming toward a total of 8.1 million installations in 2017.

MAIN TASKS ATTRIBUTED ON THE PROJECT

Enedis, as the distribution system operator, is coordinating the following for NICE SMART VALLEY:

  • Strategic and technical coordination of the use cases
  • Development, implementation, hosting, and operation of the aggregator portals
  • Implementation of smart devices on the distribution grid
  • Islanding for a section of the distribution grid
  • Grid simulations to estimate the needs and benefits of flexibility for the grid
  • Coordination of the partners and project
  • Management of communication and dissemination tasks on the project

“With Nice Smart Valley, Enedis is experimenting with the partners of the demonstrator on automatic and uninterruptible islanding, the use of centralized storage systems for the grid and the flexibilities mechanisms operated by the electricity distributor. “

Philippe Monloubou, Chairman of the Enedis Board

DESCRIPTION DE L’ENTREPRISE

Principal gestionnaire de réseau de distribution de gaz naturel en France, GRDF distribue, chaque jour, le gaz naturel à plus de 11 millions de clients, pour qu’ils disposent du gaz quand ils en ont besoin. Pour se chauffer, cuisiner, se déplacer, et bénéficier d’une énergie pratique, économique, confortable et moderne, quel que soit leur fournisseur.
Pour cela, et conformément à ses missions de service public, GRDF conçoit, construit, exploite, entretient le plus grand réseau de distribution d’Europe (198 886 km) et le développe dans plus de 9 500 communes, en garantissant la sécurité des personnes et des biens et la qualité de la distribution.
Grâce à un réseau de gaz performant, connecté, intégrant toujours plus de gaz vert et à ses qualités environnementales, notamment dans sa version locale et renouvelable, le gaz apporte des réponses pertinentes aux enjeux des territoires et des utilisateurs. Dans le transport via des solutions de mobilité durable favorables à la qualité de l’air, dans la gestion des déchets en les inscrivant dans une économie circulaire et dans le bâtiment en contribuant à leur sobriété et à leur efficacité énergétique.
Le gaz est une énergie moderne, disponible, économique, de plus en plus respectueuse de l’environnement.
Une énergie indispensable à la transition énergétique de la France.

IMPLICATION DANS LES PROJETS SMART GRIDS

Dans le cadre de l’évolution de son rôle de distributeur, GRDF transforme dès aujourd’hui le réseau de distribution de gaz naturel pour en faire un outil toujours plus efficace au service de la transition énergétique et l’émergence des Smart Gas Grid.
Le réseau de demain, digitalisé et connecté, remplira quatre grandes fonctionnalités :

  • Intégrer les gaz renouvelables produits au coeur des territoires,
  • Renforcer la sécurité et la performance de l’approvisionnement en gaz naturel,
  • Offrir aux clients et aux collectivités des données au service de leurs projets de maîtrise de la demande d’énergie,
  • Créer des ponts vers les autres réseaux pour leur faire bénéficier des capacités de stockage et de la flexibilité du réseau de gaz naturel.

MISSIONS PRINCIPALES ATTRIBUEES AU PROJET

Partenaire industriel du projet NICE SMART VALLEY, GRDF apporte son concours à :

  • la promotion de produits gaz innovants permettant de fournir de la flexibilité au réseau électrique (systèmes hybrides et mini/micro-cogénération à moteur)
  • la recherche de sites et la signature de conventions avec les utilisateurs
  • le développement de la connexion avec les agrégateurs

 

«Nice Smart Valley démontre l’intérêt des solutions gaz innovantes dans le cadre d’un mix énergétique équilibré fondé sur la complémentarité des énergies.»

Jean LEMAISTRE, Directeur Général adjoint de GRDF

Key figures:

€71.2 billion sales
37.1 million customer accounts worldwide
154,845 employees worldwide
87% CO2 free electricity

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COMPANY DESCRIPTION

EDF is a leading energy player in the production of low carbon solutions. The EDF group is active across all major electricity businesses. From production and energy management through to distribution and network management, EDF commercializes all forms of energy and develops a wide range of services.

As every territory has its own characteristics, EDF supports local actors through all the stages of their projects to reinvent the smart city with competitive and environmentally friendly solutions.

INVOLVEMENT IN THE SMART GRID

In order to support customers and local communities toward their energy transition, the EDF group offers them competitive low-carbon energy solutions and acquired industrial expertise in the area of smart grids.

EDF contributes to making advances in technical capacities relating to the insertion of intermittent renewable energies and is committed to major projects on smart grids in partnership with other industry actors, research laboratories and the ADEME. EDF is looking into new models aggregating various types of flexible demand (load management, deferred consumption, self-consumption, renewable energies, and energy planning and management at local levels).

MAIN TASKS ATTRIBUTED ON THE PROJECT

EDF, as an aggregator involved in NICE SMART VALLEY, is in charge of :

  • Recruitment of customers providing flexibility.
  • Deployment of a platform to aggregate energy flexibility.
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  • Building business models for electrical flexibility.

 

“With the NICE SMART VALLEY experiment, we are pursuing the development of innovative services by relying on smart grids to optimize energy needs and consumption. EDF is a reference energy specialist at the service of sustainable metropolises and is supporting the smart city of tomorrow.”

Jacques-Thierry Monti, Chief executive of EDF in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region and Regional manager of EDF Commerce in Méditerranée

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, and energy services) around a model based on responsible growth in order to take on the major challenges of the energy transition toward a low-carbon economy. This involves access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, territories and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions based largely on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas, and digital technology.

ENGIE is a robust power operator (101 GW of worldwide power production of which 25% is renewable energy) with significant expertise in energy management and power trading. ENGIE is now developing new services surrounding energy transition such as demand side management, aggregation etc.

INVOLVEMENT IN THE SMART GRID

For ENGIE, Smart Grids are an essential component of energy transition. They should encourage the development of renewable energy and new electricity uses such as electric vehicles. ENGIE is involved in smart grids as a service provider to consumers and producers, as a technical solutions provider, as an active portfolio manager of decentralized generation sources and consumption flexibility, and as a service provider for network operators and market players.

ENGIE has been involved on several Smart Grid projects in France including GreenLys, Smart Grid Vendée, and Smart ZAE.

THE MAIN TASKS ATTRIBUTED TO ENGIE ON THE PROJECT INCLUDE:

  • Aggregation and monetization of electrical flexibility
  • Customer relationship management: Elaboration and delivery of offers for customers with consumption and production flexibility.
  • Recruitment of customers providing flexibility
  • Contribution to islanding
  • Grid storage asset operation
  • Building business models for the local monetization of electrical flexibility
  • Energy supplier representative at the InterFlex steering committee

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Grid Solutions, a GE and Alstom joint venture, has more than 200 years of combined experience in providing advanced energy solutions. We have equipped 90% of transmission power utilities worldwide. Every day we work to create stronger, more resilient power networks for our customers, turning the lights on for billions of people around the world.

We are modernizing grids with digital technologies for greater energy efficiency, while at the same time integrating renewables for a more diversified energy mix.

It’s how we keep the world switched on.

INVOLVEMENT IN THE SMART GRID

GE’s Grid Solutions has a long track record of experience with Smart Grid technologies. We are at the forefront of the technology and business model revolutions helping solve the challenges faced by electricity utilities worldwide:

  • For 30 years: State Estimation and Contingency Analysis
  • For 10 years: Market Management Systems and Integration of Renewables
  • For 5 years: Demand Response Management Systems and Wide Area Monitoring Systems
  • For 3 years: Low Voltage Monitoring for Smart Cities and Territories

GE’s ambitious Smart Grid strategy notably relies on partnerships with customers across all kinds of geographical regions. It also depends upon the build-up of a strong ecosystem of partner companies, and an ambitious program of Smart Grid pilot projects to test technologies and business models, as well as to investigate the regulatory evolutions required to this end.

MAIN TASKS ATTRIBUTED ON THE PROJECT

As an Industrial, GE Grid Solutions participates in the development and deployment of a software system for forecasting and planning production and consumption variations. GE represents manufacturers on the strategic steering committee of the INTERFLEX project.

2016 key figures:

Turnover: €480 million
Employees: 3,200
Production sites: 9
Subsidiaries: 27

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COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Socomec is a company that designs, manufactures and markets both products and solutions with the primary mission of ensuring the availability, control, and safety of low-voltage electrical networks. As an independent manufacturer, the Group is committed to constant innovation to improve the energy performance of electrical installations in infrastructure as well as at industrial and commercial sites.

INVOLVEMENT IN THE SMART GRID

As an historical player in public distribution equipment, Socomec has been involved on Smart Grid projects since 2013. These include projects such as European demonstrations.

By providing a means for monitoring distribution networks, solutions dedicated to photovoltaic production, energy storage systems, as well as a complete offer of customised solution services, Socomec brings an answer to the needs of Smart Grids. Indeed, the solutions integrate distributed renewable energy generation and improve the flexibility of electrical distribution grids.

MAIN TASKS ATTRIBUTED ON THE PROJECT

Socomec, as a manufacturer of energy storage solutions, is involved in the development of an innovative solution with the following characteristics:

  • Unforeseen islanding without power interruptions
  • Algorithms to manage the balance between production and consumption within a district
  • Automatic islanding processes
  • Valorization of storage systems thanks to the implementation of multiple services
  • Electrical efficiency optimization

 

“It is our 50-year expertise in energy conversion that enables us to take part in the Nice Grid adventure and now in Nice Smart Valley.”

Ivan STEYERT, Chairman & CEO of Socomec Group

For several years now, the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis has been committed to a far-ranging economic transformation that is transforming it into a benchmark for future sustainable smart cities.

Through the development of major infrastructure projects (the Allianz Riviera stadium, Promenade du Paillon, and the new East-West tram line), the implementation of the Éco-Vallée, which is creating a new and varied real-estate offering for incoming companies, the establishment of a European Business and Innovation Center (a business incubator accommodating and supporting innovative young companies), and the structuring of our training offering, we have taken the necessary steps toward strengthening our appeal and fostering the creation, establishment, and development of enterprises.

Today, this fresh momentum is being expressed in concrete terms, with partnerships entered into with leading industrial concerns such as BOSCH, CISCO, EDF, ENEDIS, ENGIE, GRDF, IBM, ORANGE, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, THALÈS, VEOLIA, and so on. The development of high-potential SMEs and the many startups looking toward the future all go hand in hand toward confirming that the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis has become a center of innovation, excellence, and entrepreneurship.

The Nice Côte d’ Azur metropolis, which has been awarded by the European Commission’s the Innovation Ambassador label at the Lisbon Web-Summit, and the Energy Prize award at the Smart Cities La Tribune, is currently developing a new regional climate-air-air-energy plan that will set ambitious targets for energy performance. Christian Estrosi is indeed engaging the territory in a dynamic that should allow us to help contain global warming below -2°C.

 

“Nice Smart Valley is a step towards the future. This very ambitious new programme confirms the title that has just been awarded to us at the Web Summit in Lisbon, the “ambassador city of innovation in Europe”

Christian Estrosi
Mayor of Nice,
President of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis and Deputy
President of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region