Saft has announced that it will act as a first-rank partner for the energy storage component of France’s NICE GRID project that aims to design the “power grid of the future”.

The project, which provides for energy storage as an integral part of the distribution network, is being coordinated by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Other major partners are Alstom Grid and EDF.

The project is financed within the framework of the programme of the Intelligent Electricity Networks Future Investment Programme, managed by the French energy and environment agency.

The NICE GRID project will provide the first full-scale demonstration in mainland France of the use of Li-ion batteries for energy storage integrated at three grid levels:

  • At the originating substation
  • At several distribution substations
  • At the residential level

Saft said that the overall energy storage capacity in the project will be approximately 2.7 MWh.

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