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

Top Quote 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. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 10, 2015 - 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 world's most available and reliable networks.

    About SmartGrids France
    SmartGrids France is chaired by Philippe Monloubou, Chairman of ERDF's 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 dot com

    For further information regarding this press release, please contact:
    Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser
    Business France Press Office in the UK
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613
    Email: fran.lambert ( @ ) businessfrance dot fr

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