Schneider drive targets green energy
Dubai, June 24, 2012
APC by Schneider Electric, in partnership with France-based Energy Pool, has launched a major project which modulates the energy capacity of large industrial consumers to promote renewable energy development.
EnR-Pool, launched in association with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), aims to assess ways that industrial customers can adjust their energy consumption to help solve problems related to the integration of intermittent renewables on the electrical network while improving their competitiveness.
Towards this end, the EnR-Pool project will develop solutions and business models designed to leverage load shedding and demand response mechanisms.
Olivier Baud, CEO and founder of Energy Pool, said: “The uncertainty in the production of renewable energy may conflict with the needs of consumers and can cause difficulties in managing electrical systems. However, wind and solar energies are intermittent and variable, but predictable.
“The EnR-Pool project aims to provide solutions to strike a balance between production and electricity consumption, based on the active participation of consumers.”
The EnR-Pool project is financed by French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) as part of its ‘Investments for the Future’ program. ADEME is set to contribute 1.1 million euros ($1.38 million) out of a total budget of 2.3 million euros.
EnR-Pool aims to affirm technical feasibility and develop systems and business models that enhance the efforts of network players including consumers, producers, network operators and grid balancing specialists.
Ultimately, the principle of demand management developed by EnR-Pool is to reduce or shift consumption when the wind drops and/or the sun is hidden, and vice versa to stimulate consumption when production is high and demand is low. Maintaining this balance of the network would therefore facilitate lower energy costs. – TradeArabia News Service