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Consortium to install €30.2m island smart grid solution

9 Sep 2011

A consortium of energy and transmission companies has been created for the €30.2m Millener project that will see the deployment of a smart grid solution on the islands of Corsica, Guadeloupe and La Reunion. Partners in the project include BPL Global, Delta Dore, Edelia, Saft, Schneider Electric, Tenesol with French energy company EDF as the overall project manager.

It is one of the first of its kind in Europe that will look to integrate the management of diverse energy resources at the edge of the distribution gird. Technologies such as solar generation, battery storage and energy load controllers will be deployed at consumer premises throughout the islands with distribution and balancing controlled from a central platform. Households participating in the programme will be provided with visualisation of their energy consumption, allowing them to monitor their electricity use in real time.

Jean-Michel Deveza, director of the smart grids programme in EDF’s Insular Power Systems Division, said, ‘Deployment and integrated management of solar generation, battery storage and customer load are a vital part of our smart grid strategy. This project is designed to better integrate distributed renewable energy, improve the stability of power systems and identify sustainable economic models.’

Pete Londa, CEO of BPL Global, added, ‘Our significant investment in France and our partnership in the Millener project are critical to furthering French and American technologies in our projects worldwide. BPLG EMEA plays a vital role in globalising the company’s smart grid solutions with local investments in people, products and smart grid technology. The smart grid is evolving from islands of intelligence to an integrated system as demonstrated in the Millener and FirstEnergy projects. Our Power SG portfolio enables utilities around the globe to deploy end-to-end, collaborative smart grid solutions.’

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