Grenoble City

Building tomorrow’s city with better energy management and consumption

Body: City
Region: France
Population: 160,649

“Smart management of energy data is a key lever in energy transition for our region.”

Vincent Fristot,
Deputy Mayor of Grenoble with responsibility for urban planning, accommodation/living environment and energy transition

Atos Worldgrid builds a smart grid for a large sustainable urban development project in Grenoble

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A flagship project in France’s ÉcoCité urban planning program, Grenoble Presqu’île aims to create a new, sustainable living space between the science campus and the historic Grenoble city. The smart grid, which is being developed by Atos Worldgrid in partnership with Gaz Électricité de Grenoble, will enable better energy management, which is one of the key challenges for this trailblazing ÉcoCité program.

The challenge

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The Grenoble Presqu’île project was entrusted to architect and urban planner Christian de Portzamparc. The requirement was for new buildings and amenities to create a quality living space which is ecological, integrated, and represents ‘joined-up’ planning. Grenoble Presqu’île has set itself ambitious environmental targets, including development of carbon-free energy (renewable energies, regenerative energy, and biomass), control of consumption for the living environment, and sustainable transportation.

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The solution

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The smart grid project is called Smart Grid ÉcoCité, and is led by Gaz Électricité de Grenoble (GEG, the local grid’s managing company) in partnership with Atos Worldgrid, and with the cooperation of local utility companies (water, district heating, etc.). It uses technical infrastructures and software supplied and implemented by Atos Worldgrid, including multi-fluid smart meters for electricity, network sensors, data aggregators, monitoring system, displays and “energy boxes” in the living environment, and real-time data restoration applications.

Business benefit

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Smart Grid ÉcoCité will equip 500 new homes with new-generation smart meters and data displays, and provide 50 energy boxes to residents in the pilot group in existing buildings. It will also deploy public displays in the city, and create an internet portal to access information. The project entered its operational phase at the start of 2014 with the installation and commissioning of the first pieces of equipment. Testing is set to continue until 2019. The project is on schedule, and GEG, Atos Worldgrid and other stakeholders are already learning valuable lessons.

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