France’s largest battery storage system will use lithium-ion batteries to integrate renewable power generation on the grid.
Battery manufacturer Saft is supplying its Intensium® Max 2MW/1.3 MWh battery system to the Venteea project, which was officially launched on June 5.
Venteea is a three and a half year, smart grid, demonstration project led by a consortium of industrial and academic partners. They include: ERDF, Saft, Schneider Electric, General Electric, EDF R&D, Boralex, RTE et Made, supported by the French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management (ADEME).
The project aims to ensure an uninterrupted supply, especially for commercial and industrial sectors, by matching generation and loads and providing frequency and voltage regulation to the grid.
Venteea uses two-way communication with the grid to meet requirements such as voltage levels and schedules, and enables next-day forecasting of electricity production and demand.
The project is located in Champagne-Ardenne, the main region in France for wind generation (over 15% of the installed base).
The industrial-scale demonstrator network includes a primary substation with a 20 MVA transformer, six 20 kV feeders and 130 secondary substations supplying 3,200 customers.
Two wind farms are connected to the network, with installed capacity of 12 MW (dedicated feeder) and 6 MW (non-dedicated feeder), respectively.