Schneider Electric and Saft to collaborate on supplying electrical energy storage systems for commercial and industrial

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Schneider Electric and Saft to collaborate on supplying electrical energy
storage systems for commercial and industrial buildings 
First installed system will be for Syndicat Départemental d'Énergies du
Morbihan, enabling participation in the smart grid, optimizing energy
self-consumption, and improving power availability 
Rueil-Malmaison and Bagnolet, France, May 30, 2013 - Schneider Electric and 
Saft today announced a partnership agreement to develop and supply an 
electrical energy storage system (EESS) to industrial and commercial energy 
users. The combined power conversion and battery storage systems will help 
businesses maximize self-consumption of renewable generation and other onsite 
energy resources, optimize energy bills, enable more remunerative participation
in demand-response programmes, and provide a backup power supply to help ride
through grid blackouts. 
The EESS will feature advanced Saft Li-ion battery technology that supports
thousands of highly dynamic charge and discharge cycles, guaranteeing high
efficiency and long life. Scalable battery blocks of 100 kW power rating with 
50 kWh storage capacity will enable a high degree of flexibility and adaptation 
to meet a customer's current and future needs. The battery components integrate
tightly with the Schneider Electric power conversion system, and will respond 
to commands from a smart gateway and cloud-based platform. The combined 
solution analyzes onsite energy generation assets, storage system  capacity, 
and building load trends, while managing demand-response requests from the 
smart grid. The system and components have been tested thoroughly by the 
partners to ensure high reliability and functionality. 
'Saft is well known for being a leader in high performance lithium-ion battery
technology', noted François Borghese, offer manager for Schneider Electric. 
'As a specialist in energy management and smart grid solutions, Schneider
Electric plans to deliver a comprehensive range of electrical energy storage
systems to our customers. We consider the Saft partnership to be a perfect fit
in terms of their strengths in battery development, qualification, and
'Schneider Electric's competence in smart building technology, energy
management, and energy conversion systems combines perfectly with Saft's
experience in delivering complete, kilowatt-to-megawatt sized energy storage 
systems', said Michael Lippert, marketing and business development manager for
Saft. 'Our combined solutions will enable smooth integration of renewable
energies with electricity grids.' 
Schneider Electric                   Press Contact:
Address Line 1                       Schneider Electric
Address Line 2                       Firstname Lastname
Phone: 000-000-0000                  Phone: 000-000-0000
Fax: 000-000-0000           
Saft                                 Press Contact:
12 rue Sadi Carnot                   Saft
93170 Bagnolet, France               Jill Ledger
Phone: +33 (0) 1 49 93 19 18         Phone+33 (0) 1 49 93 17 77       
The first combined energy storage system will be installed during the summer of
2013 for Syndicat Départemental d'Énergies du Morbihan (SDEM), in the Brittany
region of France. The project will involve the design and construction of the
country's first demonstrator prototype of a smart grid-ready energy storage and
management system for an office building. The complete solution will integrate
electric vehicles and maximize consumption from local solar and wind energy
production, while helping maintain power availability during potential grid
About Schneider Electric 
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100
countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple 
market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure,
Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centres &
Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, 
efficient, productive and green, the Group's 140,000 plus employees achieved 
sales of 24 billion euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help 
individuals and organizations make the most of their energy. 
About Saft 
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world's leading
manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the
industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military
electronics' markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defense batteries
with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy
storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. Saft's 4,000 employees
present in 18 countries, together with its 15 manufacturing sites and extensive
sales network, all contribute to accelerating the Group's growth for the
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