- Solar energy and construction, aiming to create buildings that will be energy-positive, by improving energy efficiency and using photovoltaic solar power for electricity and thermal solar power for hot water, heating, heat pumps and air conditioning .
- Grid management, aiming to improve electricity grid efficiency and safety, in a context of increasingly diverse energy sources, where users are starting to produce and sell electricity to the grid.
- Biomass, aiming to use biomass treatment to produce fuel, electricity and hydrogen.
- Hydrogen and fuel cells, aiming to use fuel cells for storing hydrogen produced by various energy sources, to be used in the service (telecommunications) and transport sectors.
- Hydroelectricity, aiming to increase the efficiency of current facilities, meet environmental standards, develop mini-hydraulics and start to work in major foreign markets.
Leadership The Governing Body sets TENERRDIS strategy and establishes new projects. It is made up of: six industrial groups working in new energy technologies:
- Alstom Power Environment, represented by Maryse François, Engineering and R&D Director,
- CIAT, represented by Jean-Pierre Picolet, Strategy and International Development Director,
- Gaz de France, represented by Marc Florette, Research Director,
- MGE UPS SYSTEMS, represented by Claude Graff, CEO,
- Tenesol (formerly Total Energie), represented by Roland Barthez, Managing Director,
- Thales, represented by Daniel Briquet, Director of Nuclear, Defense and Waste Business unit,
three scientific and academic research centers:
- CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission) represented by Jean Therme, Technological research Director
- Grenoble Institute of Technology, represented by Paul Jacquet, President
- University of Savoy, represented by Claude Jameux, President
one local authority:
- Savoy local Council, represented by Jean-Pierre Vial, President
and one honorary member:
- Rhone-Alpes regional Council, represented by Henri Montès, Technological Research Director
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.