Build your Microgrid learning from the NiceGrid experience
Learn from first-hand experience by ERDF how to leave behind the centralised, one-way system and its production-heavy methods of load management in favour of an open, interconnected architecture in which balance is achieved through interaction with new distributed energy resources through load-shedding and storage solutions.
The Alpes-Maritimes administrative department in southeast France lies on the periphery of the transmission grid, which is a structural handicap for its electricity supply. However, it also has an abundant supply of renewable energy, especially solar. Significantly increasing the share of renewable—but intermittent and dispersed—energy in the power supply requires upgrades to the grid architecture. Headed by ERDF1, Nice Grid is the first European smart solar district demonstration project and is part of the Grid4EU programme, which aims to test innovative electricity management solutions.
Using the smart management system, the network operator controls and optimises all local energy resources for the solar district in real time. Nice Grid draws on three key factors to balance supply and demand in the district:
- Next-day forecasts for solar energy production compared to demand;
- Battery storage to participate to continuity of service by maintaining voltage and frequency across the grid to offset any intermittency in the supply of solar energy and absorb consumption peaks;
- Incentivising residential and industrial customers to better manage their consumption.
Participate in the open Q&A with ERDF on first returns from NiceGrid new automation architectures.