Saft chosen as partner for storing over 1 MWh of wind power for the VENTEEA project in France

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  Saft chose n as partner for storing over 1 MWh of wind power for  

                      the VENTEEA project in France

  * The VENTEEA Smart Grid demonstrator project in the Aube region of France
    brings together several partners, including Saft and ERDF, to test 
    innovative equipment and management tools for distribution grids featuring 

wind power, in preparation for the grids of the future.
  * Saft will install its first Intensium (r) Max 40 battery system in order to 
produce services for the grid and to increase its storage capacity for 
intermittent renewable energies. 
Paris, June 4, 2013 - Saft, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of
high-tech industrial batteries, has been selected to collaborate with ERDF and
several other partners in the deployment of the VENTEEA project. 
The project is being supported by ADEME (the French Environment and Energy
Management Agency) under its 'Future Investments' smart grids programme. The
objective is to test innovative equipment and management tools for electricity
distribution grids in rural environments, in particular those close to 
renewable energy production schemes. 
Saft will install its first Intensium(r) Max Li-ion battery to be housed in a
40-foot container. The intention is to test the various services provided by 
the battery, in order to improve the overall system performance for both the 
wind power generating company and the distribution grid operator. It is 
expected that using Li-ion batteries will increase the grid's storage capacity 
for renewable energy, contribute to stabilising the grid and drive an overall 
increase in energy efficiency, while reducing the environmental impact of 
energy production. 
"Saft is delighted to participate in this innovative project in France, which
will use energy storage solutions with very high power and energy levels. We 
are proud to offer an innovative solution that combines over 1 MWh of storage
capacity and 2 MW of power within a single system," stated François Bouchon,
Director of Energy Storage at SAFT. 
"This project will define the conditions for deploying storage to support wind
power generation in a full-scale project, where a Li-ion battery system can
demonstrate great benefits," explained Didier Colin, Head of the VENTEEA Smart
Grid Project for ERDF. 
Project partners: ERDF, Saft, Schneider Electric, Enel Green Power France, RTE,
General Electric, Made, EDF R&D, L2EP, UTT 
For more information about the VENTEEA project:  
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 defence 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, its 15 manufacturing sites and extensive sales network
all contribute to accelerating the Group's growth for the future. 
For more information, visit Saft at  
Saft Press contact: 
Jill Ledger, Corporate Communicatin and Institutional Director 
Tél. : +33 1 49 93 17 77; e-mail :  
Catherine Jouatel, Corporate Communication Manager
Tél. : + 33 1 49 93 1768; e-mail:  
Marie-Christine Guihéneuf, Communication Manager IBG Division
Tél. : + 33 1 49 93 17 16; e-mail: 
FTI Consulting Strategic Communications
Caroline Guilhaume, Tél.: +33 1 47 03 68 10,  
Astrid Villette, Tél.: +33 1 47 03 68 10,  
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