The first solar Smart Grid developed by ENGIE in Alata, Corsica, combines a photovoltaic plant with a smart energy storage and management solution. This new generation solar plant manages the production and distribution of solar energy in response to the intermittent nature of renewable energies.
It took Cofely Ineo, an ENGIE subsidiary, two years to develop a smart grid for storing solar energy at its "Smart Grid Experience" R&D center in Toulouse. This innovation makes the Alata plant a pioneer in renewable energy storage.
The first solar Smart Grid developed by Cofely Ineo in the commune of Alata, in southern Corsica, produces storable solar energy.
How does it work? Surplus energy produced during very sunny periods is stored and returned to the grid in a controlled and intelligent way. This ensures that supply is constant and no longer depends on meteorological uncertainty and peaks in demand. The solution therefore ensures management and stabilization of solar energy production for the power grid and responds to the intermittent nature of renewable energy.
The solar Smart Grid therefore makes renewable energy a sustainable, secure and affordable power source – a major advantage on an island which is not interconnected to the mainland grid and therefore needs to reinforce its energy autonomy.
A significant portion of the Corsican grid now relies on energy distributed by the plant. With more than 13,000 high-yield panels, this smart plant, with a capacity of 4.4 MegaWatt peak (MWp) will cover the consumption of more than 1,000 homes.
Through this project, ENGIE has demonstrated its expertise in a unique technology allowing autonomous and decentralized energy production. This new solution could now be offered in other regions.