The Vallée de l'Energie supports Alstom and the other stakeholders of a collaborative and innovation energy storage project.
Alstom and its partners – some cutting-edge research institutions and ambitious industrialists – are addressing emerging needs of the market and bring an innovative solution to meet those needs.
The motivations for the Vallée to support this project are :
1) To stimulate innovation in the region and in France, in order to boost development and competitiveness among the members of the cluster ;
2) To organize collaboration in order to « debunkerize » competencies and to shift from the structuration of the idea to the commercial achievement of the innovation ;
3) To incite industrial and research stakeholders to dare innovation ; on the one hand with boldness and tenacity, but on the other hand with all the necessary rigor in order to build together the newly created value and share it in such a way that each organization gets more than what it would have gained on its own.
The Vallée supports this project because the stakeholders are strong industrialists who see energy storage as being fully part of their business strategy and cutting-edge research institutions in the field f hydrogen technologies and fuel cells. Furthemore, the product strategy of this system is solid and it meets some very promising emerging markets (energy storage and services to the grid, hydrogen).
About the project itself : A modular innovation integrated at the heart of the grid and transmission network to address emerging needs
The vision of the project leader and the other stakeholders of the project is that electricity production is being decarbonized – with production systems like offshore and onshore wind or solar farms – but decarbonize the production only is not enough : The transmission of electricity and its distribution also have to be decarbonized. How can the ecologic and economic performance of the transmission and distribution be guaranteed with a production being decarbonized ?
First, the transmission and distribution network indeed needs to store energy produced with intermittent and fluctuating production systems based on renewable energy, and the grid needs different order services (voltage and frequency supports, emergency power systems, …). Then, electromobile systems need hydrogen, especially in the region Franche-Comté where the development plan « Mobilité Hydrogène France » is being deployed. Finally, the Vallée de l’énergie supports Alstom, the leader of a colaborative innovative project which addresses these needs.