EDF tests smart grid storage in France

A project whiah aims to test smart grid storage technology has been launched. EDF and German firm Stornetic have joined forces to assess ways to deal with the impact of […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A project whiah aims to test smart grid storage technology has been launched.

EDF and German firm Stornetic have joined forces to assess ways to deal with the impact of variable renewable energy on the grid.

Stornetic will develop an energy storage device which will be installed at the French utility’s concept grid site near Paris by summer next year.

EDF’s concept grid consists of 10 kilometres of voltage networks with several substations and test areas and a neighbourhood of five houses fitted with local generation.

The storage gadget will allow EDF to transform electrical energy into rotation energy and store it.

Etienne Briere, Renewables and Storage Program Director at EDF’s R&D said: “We believe that energy storage solutions will play a key role in the upcoming transformations of the electrical systems. Thanks to the unique EDF experimental facility of concept grid, we are able to reproduce real distribution networks and test innovative electrical equipment in fully controllable conditions of operation.”