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European Utility Week (EUW) 2019, Why France?

Catherine Ryall - 11-nov.-2019 14:59:51
This year’s European Utility Week is taking place in Paris, following its selection as European Capital of Innovation last year by the EU. It is “an ideal location as it is not only on the doorstep of French industry, it is also easily accessible for the increasing number of power and utility companies from across Europe […]", says EUW director Paddy Young. Smart Grids in France Whether it is the production, distribution, consumption or storage of energy, Smart Grids play a key role in adapting electricity networks to energy transition. Within a global market estimated at €30 billion, the French smart grids sector represents €6 billion in turnover, half of which comes from exports (Source: Think Smartgrids 2018). France also exports more electricity than any other country in Europe after Germany (51.7 TWh from 2017-2018) (Source: RTE, 2018). There are over 150 active Smart Grids projects in France. 4 regions have launched major projects: ·                     Southern France Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur ( Flexgrid ) ·                     Brittany & Pays de la Loire ( Smile ) ·                     Northern French Hauts-de-France ( You&Grid ) A healthy ecosystem: large groups and smart start-ups In addition to the country’s several international groups in the electricity sector, such as EDF and Engie , the 2 largest electricity producers in France, the French Smart Grids industry has many talented start-ups. They operate in fields as varied as communication protocols, the prediction of photovoltaic energy production and the measurement & control of electrical consumption in buildings. Competitions dedicated to young start-ups, such as Cleantech Open France or EDF Pulse , encourage innovation. These large groups and start-ups are made up of a competitive engineering workforce that has benefited from high quality training. The country has a growing number of Smart Grid oriented degree courses at institutions such as Grenoble INP , ECAM-EPMI , CNAM and EISTI . Investment in France’s Smart Grid sector R&D receives €100 million in investment a year in France. The country comes 2 nd in Europe for financing pilot projects. •         Japanese firm, Toshiba, has co-developed the Lyon Smart Community project with the French city of Lyon. •         Californian company, Cisco, which specialises in network equipment, has invested $200 million in French start-ups, particularly in the smart grids sector. •         Itron, an American specialist in technological solutions for energy and water companies, has 7 production sites in France. Meet over 60 French exhibitors representing the expertise and sheer variety of companies in the sector The French Pavilion at the EUW & POWERGEN Europe trade shows will extend over 550 m² of exhibition space. It will be a showcase of French leaders in energy efficiency, from successful regional projects to start-ups, ETIs, SMEs, large groups. More than 60 French companies will be on & around the French Pavilion to showcase the country’s smart energy ecosystem looking to achieve a smooth transition towards a low carbon energy supply (Hall 1, at the show entrance). The business activities of a selection of the French Pavilion exhibitors at European Utility Week 2019 are explored in more detail in our press pack (available on the French Pavilion Hall 1, stand H80 or upon request). For information about the French Pavilion, please contact: Business France – Hall 1, stand H80 Sophie Issovits, Head of Electricity & Smart Grids Projects sophie.issovits@businessfrance.fr Tel: +33 (0)1 40 74 39 85   For further information about this press release, please contact: Business France UK, Catherine Ryall, Senior Press Officer catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7154 1239 / +44 (0)7834 167 720

SmartGrids France lights the way at European Utility Week in Vienna, 3-5 November 2015

Fran Lambert - 07-oct.-2015 15:56:28
The SmartGrids France association was created in April 2015 to develop the smart electricity sector in France and to promote it in Europe and internationally. The association will be exhibiting at European Utility Week, taking place in Vienna on 3-5 November 2015 to raise the profile of businesses in this sector and their expertise, and demonstrators will be running live trials. SmartGrids France will be exhibiting alongside Business France, the French export-support agency, on the French Pavilion in Hall A.  The professional association SmartGrids France was created through one of ten initiatives set out in the "Smart Grids" road map presented by the French President in mid-2014. As the "Team France" of Smart Grids, this association offers support to players in the sector. By 2020, it aims for the sector to represent 25,000 direct jobs in France, generate €6 billion in turnover (half of which will be from export) and become one of the industry leaders in a global market estimated at €30 billion per year. Come and visit SmartGrids France on the French Pavilion in Hall A, where it will be sharing its expertise through: - a presentation of its smart grid demonstrators and initial results; - an explanation of French expertise for foreign delegations that wish to meet the demonstrators; - its methodology for promoting the socio-economic aspect of smart grids, a world first; - an overview of the current flexibility of French power grids thanks to existing smart grid features. The association is also a member of the Global Smart Grid Federation, which enables it to exchange with its peers on a global level. Delegations from Japan and Taiwan are already familiar with the main French demonstrators. France is the leading country in terms of smart grid investment in Europe. Over 100 smart grid projects are currently taking place across France as well as numerous export projects. French expertise in this field is recognised internationally. French network operators, RTE and ERDF in particular, currently export their skills by supporting foreign operators in deploying smart grid technology across their networks. The level of investment and dynamics demonstrated by the French power network make it one of the worlds most available and reliable networks. About SmartGrids France SmartGrids France is chaired by Philippe Monloubou, Chairman of ERDFs Management Board. Its Vice-Chairman is Olivier Grabette, deputy CEO of RTE. The association is made up of prominent international figures in the world of business, academics, institutions and players in the electricity sector. Association members include Alstom, Schneider, EDF, French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Mines ParisTech, SAGEMCOM, ABB, Gimelec, Cofely Ineo, Siemens, Atos, Cap Gemini, and SMEs such as Cahors, Seifel and Michaud. The association is primarily responsible for: - organising events in France and abroad to promote smart grid expertise and represent its members; - supporting the development of its SME and mid-size company members; - ensuring representation of its members with public authorities and European and international organizations; - taking stock of the smart grid sector and its show rooms in France, particularly by promoting its achievements abroad; - creating a catalogue of existing training and promoting the development of new training; - communicating on topics and issues concerning smart grids in France, Europe and internationally. To join the SmartGrids France association or for further information, please email associationrei@rte-france-com or contact: Martine Savary, Press Contact Tel: +33 (0)6 64 25 66 59 Email: martine@geckotom.com For further information regarding this press release, please contact:  Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr
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Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating the UK’s investment in France. Business France promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE Programme in the UK. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. In September 2015, Patrick Manon was appointed the new Director of Business France in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at Business France in Paris, which manages the recruitment of t

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