PR Newswire/Les Echos/
PRESS RELEASE June 4, 2013
ERDF and Saft announce an industrial
cooperation agreement for energy storage
Tuesday June 4th, at the occasion of the SGPARIS conference and
exhibition 2013, Michèle Bellon, Chair of the management board of ERDF,
and François Bouchon, Managing Director Delegate of Saft SAS, signed, in
the presence of Delphine Batho, French Ecology, Sustainable development
and Energy minister, a first industrial partnership agreement on energy
This agreement sets out the conditions for using each group's knowledge
and expertise developed in the French demonstrators, and lays the
foundations for a future international cooperation between the two
Saft and ERDF have already combined their strengths in several
demonstration projects in France (Venteea, Nice Grid) in order to test
different solutions for integrating solar and wind renewable energy into
the distribution grid. Energy storage is at the heart of the experiments
currently underway to validate its conditions of use and thus enable the
grid to accept increasing quantities of renewable energy installations
in satisfactory economic and technical conditions.
Energy storage is one of the "disruptive technologies which could change
lives, business and the world economy" (McKinsey report on disruptive
technologies - May 2013).
Électricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF), formed on 1 January 2008,
manages 95% of the electricity distribution networks in metropolitan
France. The company, with a workforce of 35000, operates, develops and
maintains 1.3 million km of electric lines serving 35 million customers.
In this capacity it carries out numerous operations on this network such
as connections, entries into service, repairs and changes of supplier.
For more information: www.erdfdistribution.fr
Press contact: Tel. + 33 01 47 74 75 58
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 www.saftbatteries.com
Saft Press contacts:
Jill Ledger : Tel. +33 1 49 93 17 77, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Jouatel : Tel.+33 1 49 93 17 68,
FTI Consulting Strategic Communications
Caroline Guilhaume, Tel.: +33 1 47 03 68 10,
Astrid Villette, Tel: ++33 1 47 03 69 51,
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