Grenoble INP: at the forefront of research and training for smart grids
Grenoble INP, which started working on smart grids via the G2ELAB laboratory well before the scientific community began to take an interest in the area, today boasts all the expertise required for meeting the challenges ahead.
We have been involved in international projects since the 1990s and set up a unique smart grid platform, Prédis, which is still the global benchmark in the field for education and research. This centre for innovation and training in energy distribution and demonstration tools for smart energy management relies on a dozen demonstrators that have been developed with partners in industry including ATOS, Air Liquide, EDF, Schneider, MGE, Gaz de France, GEG and CIAT. Prédis is associated with different training programs at Grenoble INP - Ense3 (in particular the Electrical Power Engineering, Energy Systems and Markets, and Automatic Systems and Signals programs) to better meet the needs of new fields in the energy industry.
The Energy Systems and Markets training program at Grenoble INP - Ense3, for example, is designed to address two major changes: the opening up of the energy market and environmental constraints. The course equips future engineers with all the necessary skills for developing the smart grids of tomorrow. Clémentine Benoît, a young Ense3 graduate who has just embarked on a dissertation on the optimal management of electric power in urban low-voltage grids in the context of smart grids at the G2ELab laboratory, is in complete agreement: The special feature of the program is that it trains engineers to have a global view of energy systems, including the technical and economic aspects. The program develops three specific perspectives by means of different pathways: the design of supply systems, the safety of critical infrastructure and the commercialisation of energy.