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In Grenoble-Isère, major corporations work hand-in-hand with local SMBs and start-ups to develop ambitious technology demonstrators like GreenLys. Our local research centers have built, equipped, and staffed technology platforms to meet manufacturers’ R&D needs.
PREDIS was set up in 2004 by Grenoble Institute of Technology, Grenoble University’s Joseph Fourier School and CNRS. This center for innovation brings together higher education, research, and technology transfer and was certified by the Tenerrdis energy cluster in 2006.
The PREDIS demonstrator is run by:
STORE is an experimental platform that was set up to study the ageing of different electricity-storage technologies (mainly electrochemical).
It is Europe’s largest R&D facility for renewable-energy storage and distributed electricity production. The equipment at STORE can also be used to study other storage applications, such as for electric vehicles.
CEA-Liten’s battery prototyping platform looks at ways to balance the constraints of the technology and its application to achieve optimal battery performance. The platform focuses on small production runs of innovative lithium-ion batteries for electric mobility and other niche applications like for the medical and aerospace industries.
GreenLys, which received funding under the French government’s economic stimulus package, is the first-ever demonstrator to test all aspects of a neighborhood-sized smart grid by equipping actual homes in Grenoble and Lyon with innovative equipment. The goal of the €40-million, four-year (2011–2014) project is to develop tomorrow’s electrical distribution systems.
The GreenLys project stands out for a panel of partners representing the entire grid, from grid operators (ERDF and GEG) and electricity producers and electric utilities (GDF Suez and GEG) to electrical distribution equipment manufacturer Schneider Electric. The partners are backed by Grenoble Institute of Technology’s scientific and technical expertise.
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