The world of energy is changing, within increasingly competitive markets, soaring oil prices and the environmental issues around global warming. To meet these challengers Grenoble Institute of Technology decided to set up the PREDIS centre on November 15, 2004 to promote innovation, training and experiments on energy distribution.
Unifying project PREDIS draws together: 300 students from two schools - ENSIEG (electrical engineering) and ENSHMG (hydraulics and mechanics), as well as 300 Grenoble-based researchers from LEG (Grenoble electrical engineering laboratory); LEPMI (materials and interfaces electrochemistry and physical chemistry laboratory) and economists from Pierre Mendes France University (UPMF/EPE) and combined industrial / university teams from GIE /IDEA.
PREDIS is based on a 25,000 m2 site on Grenoble's university campus, shared between research and teaching fellows from Grenoble Institute of Technology, l'Université Joseph Fourier and the CNRS. There are already many partnerships developing with leading industrial energy consortiums, CEA Grenoble and local authorities.
Demonstration facilities PREDIS is based on 10 demonstration facilities developed in conjunction with industrial partners (air liquide, EDF, Schneider, MGE, Gaz de France, GEG, CIAT, etc.), alongside 10 teaching and research platforms. These demonstration facilities focus on decentralized and renewable energy production, grid management and low-consumption energy applications. A simulator is used to model various production processes, distribution means and energy uses. PREDIS is at the heart of major regional and national projects, such as the renewable energies cluster and the Tenerrdis cluster (industrial and research cluster for renewable energies in Rhône-Alpes region and for the development of new energetical technologies).
New course at Grenoble Institute of Technology Grenoble Institute of Technology's latest course on Energy Systems and Markets draws on the PREDIS resource to train engineers to meet the requirements of the new energy industries.
Energy is a vital issue in today's world and energy specialists no longer simply focus on energy production, distribution and use, but often act as project managers. They have to understand the innovation, marketing, legal and service issues around energy, be skilled in commercial negotiation and use dedicated systems to manage energy consumption.
Written by Xavier Oster
Date of update February 5, 2008