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French company Webdyn brings efficient solar energy solutions to India

Julian HOARAU - 17-août-2016 11:50:04

    French company Webdyn brings efficient solar energy solutions to India   Renewable Energy India Exhibition- 7 th to 9 th September, Greater Noida, Stand K34 Webdyn is a research oriented company which designs, industrializes material and embedded software solutions for M2M Communication and has a strong presence in France and other European countries since the last 15 years. The company is a European leader of supplying multi-protocols concentrators and sensors that cover all the applications of teleservice and monitoring.   Also present for over a year in India, Webdyn helps its clients with monitoring management of their solar plants, collecting heterogeneous data on the field and delivering it via Ethernet or GPRS to a monitoring portal.   Indeed, to optimize the production, the output and the quality of service of a solar power plant, a good monitoring analysis of the PV system is required. To enable this, it is necessary to collect three main levels of data:     - Meters that provide the exact status of the production or consumption and working information   - Parameters and alarms that come from the central device of installation, like inverters in a solar plant, to have a better view of the equipment situation   - Environmental information coming from sensors (irradiance, temperature, hygrometry, wind speed, etc)       To help you with the smart collection of data, Webdyn has developed two main products:       WebdynSun   The WebdynSun gateway is used to monitor and collect data from a solar plant installation. The gateway brings together on a single unit all the indicators from the inverters, the electric meters and the environmental sensors (sunshine intensity, temperature, wind speed, etc.) through a set of multiprotocol interfaces (specific inverter protocol, Modbus, wired …).       WebdynModbus   The WebdynModbus gateway enables to manage or collect data from Modbus equipment (slaves). On a single box, the gateway includes a RTU Modbus and TCP Modbus interface and Ethernet and GPRS interfaces to communicate with the information system.       With already almost 100 sites set up across the country, the company is working with several clients in the area of Solar & Renewable energies such as Sterling & Wilson, CleanMax Energy, Renew Power, Waree, Amplus Solar... Discussions are also underway with Indian inverter suppliers to distribute WebdynSun gateways which can be integrated into their solutions.   India is a key market for Webdyn states Mr. Hervé Bibollet, Managing Director of the company: "We are flattered by the acceptance of our products in the Indian market and very honored to contribute at our level, in the implementation of the announced commitments by the Government of India to the United Nations on solar energy. We will make every effort to make this a long term commitment, particularly by manufacturing our products in India hopefully by the end of this year”.       To find out more about WEBDYN and its products in India, please visit the company at Renewable Energy India , (7-9 September), Greater Noida, at stand K34   About Webdyn:   For over 15 years Webdyn designs and sells hardware and software solutions for M2M communication in the markets of Renewable Energy, Environment, Smart Grid and Transportation. Webdyn today is a European leader providing multi-protocol data concentrators to cover all applications and teleservice monitoring with competitive and flexible products covering the complete management of remote equipment. With this experience and fame, Webdyn is now extending its expertise in RF endpoints and gateways PLC G3 to meet the needs of its customers.   Already present in several European countries, Webdyn continues to grow and has also an office in India.       About Business France:   Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program. Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: and .     For any commercial inquiries or technical information you can visit our website: or write to    

FranceCol named the new face of Creative France in India

Julian HOARAU - 16-août-2016 07:05:56

NEW DELHI. AUGUST 1st, 2016 – A jury of distinguished businessmen and institutional representatives in New Delhi led by the French Ambassador and Business France, France’s national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, has chosen FranceCol Technology as the new face of Créative France in India.   Following the official launch of Créative France in January aimed at showcasing French ingenuity across various sectors; #CreativeNextIndia was the second phase of the campaign to identify an inspirational French entrepreneur or small or mid-sized enterprise (SME) who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in their business, to be named a campaign ambassador. French entrepreneurs and many French companies of all sizes have chosen to set up business to showcase their innovative expertise in India. They form the pool of creativity that the Embassy has wished to highlight this year with the #CreativeNextIndia challenge.     FranceCol, a young R&D company, was named the next face of the campaign for its creation of a wheel drive. With an aim to revolutionize sustainable development in India, FranceCol Technology has developed an embedded wheel motor, which allows the electrification of any bicycle, motorcycle or wheel chair, without any structural modification. This cost effective solution for urban mobility converts mechanical energy to electrical energy and is poised to revolutionize transportation in India. It is environment friendly, durable and presents a perfect solution to using public transport in the cities as well as in rural India. The battery operated bicycle is built to travel 100 kms in a single charge and is ideally adapted to young Indians who do not want to depend on public transport, and would like to commute efficiently and at a reasonable cost.   Addressing the French community in India, Ambassador Ziegler said, “ France is a creative and innovative country. It is the world’s fourth most dynamic country for patents. Here, in India, more and more of our companies are locating R&D centres, which innovate, create and eventually make in India some of the solutions that will shape tomorrow’s world. In the backdrop of the Creative France campaign, I am proud to award a French company in recognition of its spirit of innovation .”   Dr François Bernot, ‎Scientific Director - FranceCol Technology , observed, “ The Indian market is huge, with a true need for cost-effective devices. Our electric bicycle is the fruit of a joint R&D collaboration of Indian and French teams. They have invented a solution that adheres to the principles of “sustainable development’, “frugal innovation”, and is accessible to all and perfectly suitable for transporting a large number of Indians .” The CreativeNext contest was hosted on Twitter from June 14 and urged participation from small and medium-sized French businesses. All participants were encouraged to submit a short video; picture or presentation, showcasing their groundbreaking business model. For more information on Créative France and the global campaign ambassadors, please visit:  

Centum Electronics acquires French Adetel Group

Purva Marwaha - 27-juin-2016 11:58:16

Centum Electronics acquires French Adetel Group   NEW DELHI: Bangalore-based Centum Electronics has announced its acquisition of Adetel Group of France. Adetel specializes in design, development and industrialization of embedded electronic systems for defence, aerospace, industrial, transportation, medical and energy sectors. Centum Electronics will hold 51% percent controlling stake in Adetel Group. At the launch announcement, Apparao Mallavarapu, Chairman and Managing Director – Centum Electronics said “The acquisition now makes Centum Electronics one of the forerunners in the market, enhancing the company’s already expanding growth and performance. Adetel brings in excellent services and an established customer base. This would be a pioneer step into entering new markets, giving us enormous opportunities since we have a very unique proposition of design and hightech manufacturing capabilities. This is also in tune with Prime Minister Modi’s vision of Make in India initiative.” Francois Sebes, CEO of Adetel, said “I firmly believe that the strengthening of the capital base with a recognized Indian group such as CENTUM is a great opportunity for the development and growth of Adetel Group. I can see several major industrial interests, first of all the presentation of an integrated vertical offer in our company’s core business markets: Aeronautics, Defense, Medical, Transport and Industrial. Secondly, this is time for a local presence – we will open a group subsidiary in the Indian continent where CENTUM is a key player. Thanks to a commercial and customer portfolio complementarity, Adetel is consolidating its position towards its main customers. Becoming a supplier associated with a bigger group, Adetel will be capable of assisting its clients and partners in their own development strategy across global markets.” The new partnership translates to greater international presence for the group, both in terms of operations and scale for its products, technologies and competencies. The group can leverage on the high technology capabilities and creativity of Adetel along with the cost competitiveness of India and Centum in particular to increase their market share in global markets. Apparao added “This acquisition is a result of perfect synergies between two companies, ensuring greater value creation for our customers. We can now accelerate growth, fill product portfolio gaps, improve our market position, benefit from the use of even more advanced technology and of course, establish a wider, more international presence in operations and sales with facilities in France, Canada, US and Morocco.”   Source:

French Government kicks off French Tech Ticket - Season 2

Purva Marwaha - 27-juin-2016 06:18:00

French Government kicks off French Tech Ticket - Season 2, an opportunity for Indian early-stage startups to grow internationally from France.   After a promising Season 1, which saw over 1,300 applications from around the World and welcomed 23 startup teams in Paris including 2 startups from India, the French Tech Ticket is back. For this 2 nd session, 70 projects will be selected to join, as of January 2017, 41 partner incubators all over France!   Led by the French Government, the " French Tech Ticket " program consists in providing a “welcome pack” to entrepreneurs across Tech-intensive sectors (ICTs, Internet / Mobile, FinTech, HealthTech, BioTech, CleanTech, Aerospace, FoodTech…) from all over the world looking at setting up or scaling up innovative startups in France.    The call for applications for the 2017 promotion has been launched on the 21 st of June, 2016 and will end on the 24 th of August, 2016.   What’s in it for French Tech Ticket winners?                                                                              The laureates will benefit from a welcome package which includes: -           a prize money / funding of EUR 45,000 per project with no loss of equity, -           a fast-track procedure to obtain a French resident permit, -           a 12-month free office space in one of the 41 partner incubators, -           a dedicated acceleration and mentoring program, -           a soft landing pack to help you relocating easily to France, -           and a help desk to help you with administrative procedures. Learn more about the program at and apply from now at the following link:    

Westinghouse to relocate planned nuclear plant to Andhra Pradesh

Purva Marwaha - 14-juin-2016 14:01:49

Westinghouse to relocate planned nuclear plant to Andhra Pradesh Toshiba Corp’s Westinghouse Electric will relocate a planned project to build six nuclear reactors in India, said officials, bringing the first deal stemming from a US-India civil nuclear accord struck over a decade ago closer to reality. The six AP-1000 reactors would be built in Andhra Pradesh after the original site proposed for the multi-billion-dollar project, in Gujarat, faced local opposition.   Russia’s Rosatom operates two reactors at Kudankulam, in Tamil Nadu, while France’s EDF signed a preliminary deal with the state-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) in January to build six reactors at Jaitapur, Maharashtra.   Source: Reuters | May 31, 2016, 03.54 PM IST

US-based Westinghouse to build 6 nuclear power plants in IndiaUS-based Westinghouse to build 6 nuclear power plants in India

Purva Marwaha - 14-juin-2016 13:56:38

US-based Westinghouse to build 6 nuclear power plants in IndiaUS-based Westinghouse to build 6 nuclear power plants in India During the recent visit of Mr. Narendra Modi to the US, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and US firm  Westinghouse  have agreed to begin engineering and site design work immediately for six nuclear power plant reactors build six AP-1000 pressurized water reactors, each with a design capacity of around 1,100 megawatts (AP-1000 pressurized water reactors, each with a design capacity of around 1,100 megawatts) in India and conclude contractual arrangements by June 2017.   The two leaders also discussed their intentions of have an Indo US Export-Import Bank to work together toward a competitive financing package for the project. Once completed, the project would be among the largest of its kind, fulfilling the promise of the US-India civil nuclear agreement and demonstrating a shared commitment to meet India’s growing energy needs while reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The White House said the steps that the two governments have taken in the last two years through the US-India Contact Group, including by addressing the nuclear liability issue, inter alia, through India’s ratification of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, have laid a strong foundation for a long-term partnership between US and Indian companies for building nuclear power plants in India.   Source: PTI | Jun 7, 2016, 11.34 PM IST    


Purva Marwaha - 03-juin-2016 12:31:35

  FRENCH TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS IN INDIA TO STRENGTHEN TIES  AND COLLABORATION WITH INDIAN STAKEHOLDERS    An official delegation INCLUDING French members of parliament and TOP MANAGEMENT FROM SNCF (French Railways) VISITED Delhi’s metro and heavy rail operations on June 2 and 3. several meetings were held with senior indian executives TO EXAMINE best practices IN the fields of URBAN MOBILITY AND RAILWAY STATION moderniZation.   The delegation’s programme included sessions with officials from DMRC, Indian Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Railways, and the Indian Parliament’s Committee on Railways. The French MPs awarded the French Senate’s Medal of Honour to these Indian transport companies. The delegation also visited Delhi’s state-of-the-art metro system and NDLS train station.   INDO-FRENCH SEMINAR An Indo-French Seminar on Sustainable Mobility took place on Friday, June 3 in New Delhi, with keynote speakers from both countries sharing expertise in urban mobility, mass transit and station modernization. These experts addressed ways of improving public transport in Indian cities, citing governance and business models, intermodality and station upgrades.   Addressing the audience at the Indo-French Seminar on Sustainable Mobility, Mr. Diego Diaz, SNCF International Director, said: “We share with our friends at Indian Railways the same passion for improving people mobility. We are impressed by the speed of innovation in India and by the many projects taking shape in the country.”   Speaking on the development of urban mobility, Mr. Bernard Tabary, CEO International at SNCF’s urban transportation subsidiary Keolis, said: “With six metro systems already operating, eleven under construction and forty more planned, India is fast enhancing the attractiveness and liveability of its cities. The combination of Indian innovation and longstanding French expertise in mass transit experience can deliver value by adding features to some of these projects.”       Prof. S.Prakash, TERI University, emphasized the need for greater cooperation particularly in areas of providing seamless mobility across the different transport modes. « There should be also a collaborative effort for devising IT enabled techniques for metro and other public transport systems that encourages introduction of a single ticket across different transport modes in metropolitan cities » he added.   SNCF Group in India SNCF has been operating in India for several years now and boasts a strong presence in the country, with over 1,700 employees at its subsidiaries Systra and Geodis, and, more recently, AREP and Keolis.   Keolis will soon be running Hyderabad’s future elevated railway (with 71 km of track). In 2012, the concessionaire, Larsen & Toubro, India’s leading engineering and construction firm, awarded Keolis the operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement for this PPP metro network, the world’s largest to date.    Systra has been engaged for several years in engineering and/or project management work on various phases of metro projects in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata and Nagpur. In 2009, Systra conducted a feasibility study for the Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail (HSR) corridor. Systra has now completed the pre-feasibility study for the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar HSR corridor (450 km) and at the end of 2015 started a pre-feasibility study for the Mumbai-Chennai HSR corridor. Systra is also involved with engineering and construction supervision on several hundred kilometers of Indian Railways’ Dedicated Freight Corridors. In 2014, the company acquired SAI, based in Ahmedabad, an engineering consultancy firm specialized in transport , with a particular focus on project management and construction supervision.   Geodis Wilson provides transport and logistics services to clients in India through a nationwide network of offices (with 3 00 employees).    In January 2016 , SNCF teamed up with Indian Railways (IR) to study renovation of two stations between New Delhi and Chandigarh, in the second phase of the Protocol on Cooperation signed by the two rail companies in April 2015. Under that Protocol, SNCF and Indian Railways entered into a preliminary agreement in December 2015 to carry out the feasibility of upgrading the Delhi-Chandigarh passenger line to accommodate semi-high-speed trains.                  

Thibaut Fabre, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!   Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India . We assist French-based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts in the following growing sectors: - Agro-business; - Lifestyle, Consumer Goods and Healthcare; - Infrastructure, Transport and Industry; - ICTs, Retails and Services.   Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework.  


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