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Today, Alstom Chairman and CEO Patrick Kron inaugurated the Smart Grid Centre of Excellence in Montpellier, France.

This new technology pole will focus on command control and protection systems for digital control rooms. According to Alstom, the development of the all-digital control room is key to the transition from conventional electrical grids to smart grids.

The introduction of digital systems allows for the seamless integration of distributed and intermittent renewable energies into the grid, as well as improved interconnectivity between electricity networks, allowing each to function at optimal capacity, the company adds.

“In a context of strong global competition, Alstom’s Montpellier site will contribute to the advancement of the French and the European smart grid sector, for both the transmission and distribution of electricity,” Kron said.

The Smart Grid Centre of Excellence brings together the 250 employees - 80% of whom are engineers and managers - who were previously based on three different sites. The new buildings will house marketing, research and development, and manufacturing teams, as well as sales and service, and a training center in control room automation. Equipped with solar panels, the project encourages the use of electric vehicles (cars and bicycles) by providing employees with parking places and charging stations.


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