Four Tenerrdis projects selected to receive financial support under French Single Interministerial Fund 17th grant round
Four R&D projects certified by the Tenerrdis new energy technology cluster have been selected to receive €5.5 million in financing under the French Single Interministerial Fund 17th grant round. The total budget for the four projects is €14 million.
The R&D conducted under the projects aligns with the objectives set forth in Tenerrdis’ strategy roadmap: to support the energy transition by promoting sustainable business growth and the creation of long-lasting jobs in the new-energy technology sector. In particular, the project deliverables will contribute to the development of France’s biogas, energy-efficient building, and solar energy industries. The project partners include eight small and mid-sized businesses.
Initiated in 2005, the French Single Interministerial Fund grant program has provided €68 million in financing for 50 Tenerrdis-certified projects representing total R&D spending of €176 million.
Gontrand Industry concerned
Smart grids & storage
Distributing biomethane via existing gas grids It is becoming increasingly common to distribute biomethane via existing gas grids, a new trend that has a substantial impact on grid operation. This project aims to develop and validate “smart grid” technologies to enable real-time management of a gas grid used to distribute gases of varying grades originating from different sources. Most notably, the project will develop technologies to ensure interoperability and perform dynamic modelling. A machine-to-machine solution compatible with various communications protocols to measure gas quality on-site and communicate the results will also be developed. Special attention will be paid to the security of the technologies developed and their integration into existing systems. The outcomes of the project will mainly be of interest to gas grid operators worldwide.
Project lead: GDF Suez Primary certification by Tenerrdis; project co-certified by Advancity, Capenergies, Derbi, and Systematic
Comete Industry concerned
Leveraging cloud computing for smarter homes and greater energy efficiency The Comete project will develop smart home automation solutions leveraging network technologies and the power of cloud computing. The project will make developing user-friendly human-machine interfaces a priority. The new devices and services developed will go further than the solutions currently available, providing improved operation, occupant comfort, and energy efficiency for both residential and commercial buildings. The project is solidly anchored in Rhône-Alpes, and draws upon the broad range of skills available in the region. The project results—in terms of new technologies and know-how—are expected to benefit the entire industry, from manufacturers to installers, and drive the growth of the regional economy.
Project lead: Somfy Primary certification by Tenerrdis; project co-certified by Arve Industries
Dualplas Industry concerned
Developing a low-cost hybrid solar module France’s RT2012 energy-efficiency rules for new buildings requires the use of at least one source of renewable energy. Hybrid solar systems (which combine PV and thermal solar technologies in a single solar panel) could help builders meet this requirement. However, high module production costs continue to prevent the widespread adoption of hybrid systems. This project will focus on designing and building PV module exchanger prototypes that cost four times less than current exchangers. This drastic reduction in cost will require a radical shift in both materials and manufacturing processes. However, if a competitively-priced hybrid module is successfully launched, it will create new opportunities to encourage users to produce their own energy. The project deliverables will be particularly useful for residential buildings (single family homes and apartment buildings) that produce their own domestic hot water.
Project lead: Solaire 2G Primary certification by Tenerrdis; project co-certified by Capenergies and Derbi
Printexpert Industry concerned
Developing a new machine to print high-yield PV cells France’s PV solar equipment manufacturers are seeking competitively-priced technologies to help them compete in global markets. This project aims to develop a new cell-surface contact-deposition machine offering superior yields (up to 22%) and manufacturing costs 30% lower than current standards. The outstanding quality of the partners involved bodes well for the ultimate success of the project. The project lead has earned recognition in the semiconductor industry for its screen printing processes, and another project partner, a Grenoble-based small business, brings solid know-how in industrial-scale PV cell screen printing. The project deliverables will be of interest to exporters of PV cell production lines.
Project lead: Machines Dubuit Primary certification by Tenerrdis; project co-certified by Advancity.