France Calls for Smart Grid Deveopment

THE French Government called yesterday for submissions for developing smart grid technology, to improve the allocation of power resources.

€250 million ($364 million) of governmental funds have been set aside for smart grid systems.

The French Government announced: "The power network must guarantee at all times the balance of supply and demand. This is made more difficult by the decentralization of new production capacities, renewable energy, embedded generation...and their reduced predictability."

The finances would go to projects which demonstrate advances in integrating renewable energy into the traditional grid, including demand management, and systems which anticipate future carbon reduction schemes, as well as projects that promote French industrial growth.

'Projects which will improve the automation and supervision of the networks, and those which improve energy efficiency will be given preference,' the government added.

Submission of projects by developers for any new technology and solutions need to be made by October 1, 2011, and any larger demonstration projects by December 15.

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Tuesday 7th June 2011


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