France forum sounds off on smart grids
The 5th Forum ISA-France, "Smart grids: automation, communications and cyber-security at the service of grid optimization," was held 15-16 June in Paris. Over 150 participants from various origins attended the event.
This forum helped to better understand all the expectations vis-à-vis "smart grids" and identify the key technologies to implement. While studies are numerous, implementations and returns of experience remain limited.
For France, the main objectives are:
- A better management of transmission and distribution grids
- An easier integration of wind farms and photovoltaic installations
- The integration of charging stations for electric vehicles
- The generalization of advanced metering systems (AMM), for which a pilot operation involving 300,000 meters is underway
Many speakers took turns at the podium, such as Wayne Manges, co-chair of the ISA100, Wireless Systems for Automation, committee.
ISA can play a major role in the field of smart grids thanks to its expertise in the fields of automation, radio communications, and cyber-security.
Visit ISA-France's web site for more information: http://isa-france.org/.
Panelists at the forum included (from left to right): Pascal Sokoloff, head of the Federation of grids owners (i.e., the cities); Sandrine Périno, in charge of smart grids at Cisco France; Jean-Pierre Hauet, president ISA-France; Marc Boillot, in charge of smart grids at ERDF (The French grid operator).