While Alstom and ERDF have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of smart grids for joint marketing of Alstom´s software solutions for grid management , ADIF is developing the FerroSmartGrid project , consisting on the creation of the first smart grid for the railway sector energy management. Smart technologies are becoming a very productive business.
Alstom and ERDF have signed an agreement to market software for technical management of distributed energy sources. France is the country where they will manage the software to meet the requirements of ERDF operated electricity networks. The agreement also provides for the joint development of new products, primarily management software, developed within the framework of research contracts.This agreement is valid for a five years period.
What are smart grids?
The introduction of smart grids, with the application of digital technology changes the way in which electricity operators, resellers and producers manage the transmission and distribution of electricity. Based on the experience gained in the projects Nice Grid, Smart Grid Vendée and Issy Grid, Alstom and ERDF share their skills and experience to develop new systems and place innovative solutions on the market.
“Alstom has earned a leading position through the 33 technologically pioneering smart grid projects developed around the world, specifically focusing in the area of software for the management of energy resources,” said Grégroire Poux-Guillaume , President Alstom Grid. Michèle Bellon, ERDF Board of Directors Chairman adds : ” In order to cope with the changes in the energy sector and provide the best quality service, in ERDF we are committed to innovation as the basis of our strategy.”
ADIF boosts the FerroSmartGrid project
The project FerroSmartGrid involves the creation of the first smart grid for energy management in the railway sector. This network will integrate the actions of the trains that are connected to it, in order to achieve efficient, reliable and sustainable power.
To achieve the objective of the project, it is necessary to address interoperability between different urban and interurban systems of transport electrically integrated through intelligent nodes interacting with the user in the railway stations. This investment aims to develop a demonstrator that allows optimal power management of the system, as well as interoperability with other urban and interurban transport systems, integrated electronically through intelligent nodes, and interacting with the user in the railway stations environment.
FerroSmartGrid is a project presented to Feder – Innterconecta Programme 2012-2014. Together with the University of Jaen and ADIF other participating companies include WindInertia, Inabensa, Andel, Indra, Acisa, Telvent and Adevice.