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ERDF and Saft announce an industrial cooperation agreement for energy storage

PR Newswire/Les Echos/ 
PRESS RELEASE                                                    June 4, 2013 
Energy storage 
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 
      storage.
      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 
      groups.
      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, jill.ledger@saftbatteries.com
      Catherine Jouatel : Tel.+33 1 49 93 17 68, 
      Catherine.jouatel@saftbatteries.com
      FTI Consulting Strategic Communications
      Caroline Guilhaume, Tel.: +33 1 47 03 68 10,
      caroline.guilhaume@fticonsulting.com
      Astrid Villette, Tel: ++33 1 47 03 69 51, 
      astrid.villette@fticonsulting.com


                  
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