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The City of Issy-les-Moulineaux, Bouygues Immobilier and eight major industrial groups create IssyGrid® the first district smart grid in France

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IssyGrid®, the first district smart grid in France, will be built in the Seine Ouest business district in Issy-les-Moulineaux with the goal of enabling energy optimization at the neighborhood level.

Alstom, Bouygues Immobilier, Bouygues Telecom, ERDF, ETDE, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, Steria and Total—all benchmark players in their respective fields—bring together the full range of strategic and technical skills needed to build the smart grid.

In response to an increasingly tight and complex energy market, IssyGrid® offers a local response to global environmental challenges. The smart grid will be gradually extended from its initial base in the Seine Ouest district to the entire city of Issy-les-Moulineaux. IssyGrid® will cover the needs of nearly 10,000 people in a 160,000 square-meter area. Very quickly, nearby residential buildings will be included as well.

André Santini, Member of the National Assembly, Mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Greater Paris development board and former Minister, declared:

“I am particularly proud to see France’s first district smart grid built in Issy-les-Moulineaux at a time when energy optimization represents a major challenge for society. This confirms our City’s role as a pioneer. Seine Ouest was the first business district to obtain France’s HQE® environmental quality label. It is blazing trails once again by becoming France’s first smart business district. The new energy dynamic starts at the neighborhood level.”

Major challenges
Moving forward, local communities, landlords, building managers and renters are looking for services that deliver energy efficiency under optimal environmental and cost conditions. This raises a number of challenges, chief among them smart energy management at the eco-neighborhood level.

An open-ended, educational project
The district management system will oversee energy production from solar panels, cogeneration plants, micro-turbines and other renewable sources; energy consumption in homes, offices, stores, etc.; and energy storage using batteries and other devices, while offering end-to-end optimization. Public lighting and electric vehicle recharging infrastructure will also be included.

The smart grid will be developed in an open-ended manner over a period of five years. It will be supplied by a diverse range of energy sources adapted to different uses and will be supported by an information program designed to achieve maximum buy-in among users and other partners.

The deployment process will take place in three stages:

1. Energy consumption will be measured for all types of use, in offices, homes, stores, public lighting and electric vehicle recharging stations.
2. Solar panels, cogeneration units and other energy production resources will be installed, along with batteries, flywheels and other energy storage devices.
3. The production, consumption and storage systems will be mutualized and managed as a whole to define avenues for energy optimization.

The initial results will be presented before the end of 2011.

Combined competencies
Together, the IssyGrid® partner companies provide the necessary expertise to cover all of the technical aspects of the project.

Alstom: A provider of network management and power generation solutions, Alstom is involved in developing systems to manage energy resources in eco-neighborhoods and smart cities. Focus areas include smart buildings, electric vehicles, electricity storage and electricity demand management. EMBIX, a joint venture that pools the skills of Bouygues and Alstom, contributes a portfolio of energy management services for eco-neighborhood projects in France and the rest of Europe. EMBIX and Alstom are involved in the smart grid aspect of the IssyGrid® project with an energy management technology that will reduce the eco-neighborhood’s carbon footprint and energy bill.

Bouygues Immobilier: Building on an innovative sustainable development policy initiated in 2006, Bouygues Immobilier will direct operations as lead contractor. IssyGrid® will benefit from Bouygues Immobilier’s capabilities in developing neighborhoods and buildings and in optimizing energy use in residential and commercial buildings. Bouygues Immobilier has developed leading-edge expertise in this area, notably with Green Office®, the first large-scale energy-positive office building.

Bouygues Telecom: Energy efficiency is a key component in Bouygues Telecom’s sustainable development policy and in its efforts to reduce both its own and its customers’ environmental footprint. Bouygues Telecom will provide IssyGrid® with the necessary telecom connectivity to market new consumer services for energy management in homes.

ERDF: As the power grid manager, ERDF operates and optimizes the electrical distribution network. Within IssyGrid®, ERDF will manage the network at the district level taking into account changing requirements (more widespread use of electric vehicles, for example) and the development of distributed production and storage of electricity from renewable sources. With its networked Linky smart meters, ERDF will be able to optimize service calls and help consumers manage energy use more effectively.

ETDE: The Energy and Services division of Bouygues Construction, ETDE is one of Europe’ leading experts in sustainable construction and energy efficiency for infrastructure. To fulfill its mission, ETDE invests heavily in over-the-horizon technologies that will make it possible to design, build and operate neighborhoods that are self-sufficient in terms of energy production and storage. On the IssyGrid® project, ETDE will handle the engineering and installation work for the energy production systems (solar panels, cogeneration units, etc.) and electric vehicle recharging stations. It will also install energy storage systems, a first in France at the district level.

Microsoft: For years, Microsoft has collaborated with energy industry leaders like Alstom to create smart grid solutions with the goal of optimizing electricity consumption, reducing CO2 emissions and responding to new energy needs. Microsoft will be involved in several aspects of the IssyGrid® project, including the interconnection of smart building management systems, the interoperability of data exchanged by eco-neighborhood partners and the creation of user-friendly management software. The Microsoft France Campus will be integrated into IssyGrid® to deploy management scenarios for offices, consumer applications (showcased in the Explorer’s Loft), restaurants, electric vehicle recharging stations and data centers (in the Microsoft Technology Center).

Schneider Electric: The Group’s goal is to allow customers to manage their energy more effectively, no matter where they are, and to connect intelligently to the network so they can benefit from all of the smart grid’s advantages. Schneider Electric is leveraging its core technologies and capabilities at all levels of the IssyGrid® network, with an energy efficiency solution for buildings and homes, smart grid connection and automation systems, solutions for renewable energy installations and solutions for electric vehicle recharging infrastructure.

Steria: Backed by its experience in the energy industry and the development of an innovative management system for energy performance contracts in commercial buildings, this European computer services firm is a key player in smart cities. Steria deploys its capabilities in integrating software bricks for collecting, processing and analyzing data and for ensuring secure exchanges among systems. Steria also provides expertise in hosting solutions.

Total: Involved in solar energy since 1983, Total has acquired deep expertise in the photovoltaic chain, enabling it to make this technology safer, more rational and more competitive. Within IssyGrid®, Total will manage the issue of local energy production. The Group will design and deploy building-integrated photovoltaic solutions, including solar panels and systems, throughout the district to optimize the production of solar power. Total will also develop an innovative communication system connected to the smart grid that will allow smart management of the energy produced.

SOURCE: Schneider Electric