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23/11/2020 – Smart Gas Meters - 22 employees interviewed on the project impact in their daily life
GRDF’s smart gas meter project was launched 10 years ago already, and we have now connected more than half our 11 million meters. Aiming at 11 million customers, this is the largest smart meter project worldwide ! Have we realized the hoped-for benefits ? Is the project keeping its promises ? How has it made a deep-reaching change to the company and the working lives of GRDF employees, in terms of economic performance, customer relations or social dynamics ? And in what way does it also open the way to new uses now that GRDF has set up its own telecommunications network ? We have interviewed GRDF employees, experts, managers, executives on the impact of the project on their working days. We invite you to take a look at this feedback which also highlights the enthusiasm and commitment of each of us. Enjoy your reading !
31/08/2020 - GRDF keeps on expanding its international network of R&D partners
In the context of a rapidly changing energy landscape, R&D is essential to provide an efficient and quality service to customers, to develop the operating tools needed to manage the gas grid safely and to take a leading role in the decarbonization of gas. To achieve these key transformations, GRDF is looking to create new R&D partnerships, expanding the actual panel of contributors beyond the historic entities on which GRDF has relied so far.
After joining GERG, the European gas research institute last June, a new step was passed with the finalization of an agreement with OTD and GTI, some of the biggest R&D players in the United States.
On that occasion, an exchange was organized between GRDF’s EXCOM and representatives of our new partners on August 31st, 2020.
OTD is a US not-for-profit corporation teaming-up 26 utilities who serve over 50 million natural gas consumers in the United States and Canada and supply 60% of the households currently using natural gas. The GTI is the main research center in North America, bringing together nearly 400 researchers in all gas fields.
Through this new collaboration, GRDF will benefit from the world-class expertise of the GTI researchers in some our key R&D programs such as biomethane, hydrogen, methane emissions, smart gas grids or predictive maintenance.
17/07/2020 – Discover the 9 proposals provided by GRDF to contribute to the French economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis
During his press conference on the 23rd of June 2020, Edouard Sauvage, head of GRDF, presented 9 proposals to contribute to the French economic recovery plan, as well as accelerating the ecological transition.
These recommendations, which could be implemented immediately, all aim to decarbonise the economy and relocate the gas production and value creation in France and Europe. All these proposals have also been designed to limit both the use of public funds and the impact on consumers' gas bills.
GRDF's 9 proposals to contribute to the economic recovery plan are aligned on 4 axes :
- Green gas,
- Building renovation and construction,
- and of course, Security.
03/02/2020 – In Lithuania, GRDF and ESO have succeeded in demonstrating efficiency of 169 MHz communication technology for Smart Gas Meters
Since July 2019, ESO, the Lithuanian electricity and gas Distributor, has been testing the meters, data concentrators, and communication system currently used in France by GRDF for its Smart Gas Meters. 20 meters and 2 data concentrators has sent daily data during the whole pilot phase. ESO has therefore verified that these material & technologies provide reliable and relevant daily consumption data. ESO has then decided to present a cost-benefits analysis to its energy regulator, presenting Wize technology as their future communication system. “We are very satisfied with overall process during whole project, not only testing itself but communication and attention to our needs. We received suggestions, gained know-how and deep expertise knowledge… We hope to have possibility to partner in the future projects” says Dainius Stepanonis, Smart gas meter Project manager in ESO, Gas distributor of Lithuania. Let’s hope the project continues in Lithuania !
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21/10/2019 – Don’t miss GRDF Smart Meters Events in EUW2019 !
03/07/2019 – GRDF and ESO have launched a pilot on 169 MHz communication technology for Smart Gas Meters
ESO, the Lithuanian electricity and gas Distributor, is currently testing different types of communication technologies for smart gas meters. ESO and GRDF have therefore launched a field test on the 169 MhZ Communication system, successfully used in France with more than 3.5 million Smart Meters on the field, aiming to 11 million by 2022. The Pilot phase will last until September in Lithuania and will confirm the reliability of such the 169 MHz communication system. ESO will then have the tools to make an informed decision for their gas smart meters project. “GRDF is very happy to run such a pilot with ESO. We think our technological choice is really relevant and we wish to share it with DSOs like ESO. We have designed the Lithuanian pilot phase in a very collaborative approach and will work hand in hand during the field phase. We hope this is a first step of a long lasting collaboration”, says Vincent Pertuis, GRDF Smart Meter Project Director.
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19/03/19 – The #3 million smart gas meter has just been installed in France.
“The roll-out of the new meters is continuing on schedule and under good conditions thanks to the work done with the local authorities, consumer associations and stakeholders since the beginning of the project”, declared Vincent PERTUIS, Project Director in GRDF. The customer complaint rate is 0.8%, a very low rate for this type of project. As a tool to serve customers and control energy consumption, smart meters enable lower energy consumption and improved user satisfaction.
Currently 24 companies are experimenting a first and limited version of a secured API connection to consumption data (a project called GRDF ADICT), with the consent of the end consumers. A progressive opening of the industrial version is expected mid-2019.
More than 2.5 million smart meters have been deployed on the French territory since the start of the roll-out. GRDF is fulfilling its planning commitment.