The aim of the TENERRDIS cluster (industrial and research cluster for renewable energies in Rhône-Alpes region and for the development of new energetical technologies) is to promote research and business spin-offs in new energy technology. The long-term goal is to provide France with efficient renewable energy to meet the growing worldwide energy consumption needs, without contributing to the greenhouse effect.
Leadership The Governing Body sets TENERRDIS strategy and establishes new projects. It is made up of: six industrial groups working in new energy technologies:
three scientific and academic research centers:
one local authority:
and one honorary member:
Renewable energy in the Rhone-Alpes region
The TENERRDIS industrial cluster draws together companies, some of which have a leading international role, such as Schneider Electric, Alstom, MGE, Photowatt, Tenesol, Gaz de France and EDF. These groups employ 100,000 staff the Rhone-Alpes region.
CEA, Grenoble Institute of Technology, the University of Savoy and many other public sector research and teaching bodies are also part of the cluster.
With 41 % of French domestic hydroelectricity production, the Rhone-Alpes region has the necessary experience in renewable energy. It is also the leading region in France for solar panels per inhabitant.
Written by Xavier Oster
Date of update February 5, 2008