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The global smart grid market is robust and dynamic, with a projected growth from $51 billion in 2022 to over $200 billion by 2030, as demand surges for grid optimization solutions. Europe has seen significant investments of over 5 billion euros in smart grid projects, with France witnessing a strong push for smart meters, over 90% of French consumers equipped with them by 2022, facilitating around 3% in energy savings. While the market sees a diversity of players from equipment manufacturers like ABB and Schneider to IT service companies, the market structure is bolstered by strategic investments and regulatory support by the EU.

In France, the value of the smart grids market is anticipated to hit 5,900 million euros by 2030, with power generation set to be the fastest-growing segment, potentially reaching 1,850 million euros by 2030. The French market is heavily influenced by regulatory frameworks that promote the integration of smart technologies and the rollout of smart meters to enhance energy efficiency and grid reliability. Key market segments such as generation, distribution, transport, and consumption are forecasted to expand with significant growth expected in electric mobility and smart charging infrastructure, including the rise of intelligent solutions like V2G systems.

Smart Grids in France: A Future-Ready Energy Market

France is at the forefront of a significant shift in energy consumption management with the advent and integration of smart grids. This transformative technology is optimizing the production, distribution, and consumption of electricity, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Investments in smart grid technologies within the nation have surpassed 5 billion euros over the last decade, with over 300 pivotal smartgrid projects underway.

Understanding the progress made in smart meter deployment paints a clearer picture of market movement. While nations like Italy and Sweden completed their smart meter rollouts, France has joined the ranks with a planned completion for all relevant sites by 2021. The incorporation of smart meters, a key component of this initiative, has seen remarkable growth with around 200 million units installed for electricity and 45 million for gas across the EU. Notably, more than 90% of French consumers have been equipped with a smart meter since 2022, contributing to an estimated 3% energy savings.

French players are predominantly present in the electrical equipment sphere, while the ICT sector experiences less domestic dominance. The influence of public authorities cannot be overstated; their investment and regulation activities have significantly fostered market development, with the EU actively supporting numerous projects.

Forecasts indicate that by 2030, the smart grids market within France will witness substantial growth, varying by segment. The power generation sector, linked closely to renewable energy initiatives, is predicted to catapult from 241 million euros to a staggering 1.85 billion euros. In contrast, the transmission segment is expected to witness steady yet modest growth. The employment landscape in the French smartgrid market is poised to evolve considerably, with an estimated 15,000 individuals employed across the value chain as of 2020, showcasing the market's sizable economic footprint.

On the regulatory front, the Commission de Régulation de l'Énergie (CRE) has been instrumental in shaping a conducive environment for load shedding integration and the overall evolution of the smartgrid framework. Legislative strides like the "NOME" and "Brottes" Laws, along with the clean energy package from the EU, provide concrete stepping stones toward a greener, more efficient energy future for France.

Smart grids form a bridge between traditional energy systems and the future's fluctuations in renewable energy supply. Their role in securing grid stability is reinforced by solutions like demand-side management, predictive tools, and robust communication systems. With the smartgrid market on an upward trajectory, France stands at the cusp of a smarter, more sustainable energy landscape.

Key Players Driving Innovation in the Smartgrid Landscape

The smartgrid market is bustling with activity and is supported by a mix of legacy firms and modern, innovative enterprises that are propelling the industry forward. Here's an overview of the main players mentioned in the text, each contributing unique strengths to the smartgrid ecosystem:

  • Enedis: Powering the Future with Linky Smart Meters

Enedis, previously known as ERDF, is at the core of the smart meter movement in France. As the primary electricity distribution network operator, they are responsible for the Linky meter rollout, which serves as the primary interface between the consumer and the power grid. Their role in the large-scale deployment of these smart meters speaks to their place as a key purveyor of digital transformation in energy management within the French market.

  • GRDF: Revolutionizing Gas Distribution with Gazpar Meters

GRDF is mirroring Enedis's efforts but within the natural gas sector. Their deployment of the Gazpar meter is a crucial step in making gas distribution more efficient and responsive to consumer needs. GRDF shows its commitment to market evolution by adopting technologies that ensure more precise billing and consumption monitoring.

  • RTE: Ensuring Grid Stability with High-Tech Transmission Solutions

As France's sole transmission system operator, RTE is investing in sophisticated technologies for its transmission segment. RTE's role in the smartgrid network cannot be understated; they are essential in digitalizing control rooms and utilizing advanced IT and analytical tools to ensure that the energy transmission across France remains stable and efficient.

  • Schneider Electric: Forging Pathways with Advanced Energy Solutions

An influential player in both domestic and international markets, Schneider Electric provides an array of products that include sophisticated microgrids and energy management software. Their contributions underscore the advancement in energy efficiency, sustainability, and smart infrastructure, reflecting their position as a global leader in the smartgrid apparatus.

  • ABB: Shaping Energy Innovations with Smartgrid Hardware and Software

The engineering giant ABB is a formidable force in the electrical equipment manufacturing sector. Their offerings in intelligent transformer stations and microgrid solutions testify to their capacity and intent to lead transformative energy solutions. ABB's global footprint allows them to not only influence but also drive market trends in smartgrid technologies.

  • Atos WorldGrid: Consulting for a Smarter Grid Future

Atos WorldGrid is carving out its niche by providing cutting-edge consulting services and solutions tailored for the smartgrid market. Their consulting acumen, coupled with active investments in smartgrid projects, positions them as forward-thinking strategists.

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1 Market overview

1.1 Introduction

Smartgrids are "intelligent" electricity distribution networks that use information and computing technologies to optimize the production, distribution and consumption of electricity to improve energy optimize the production, distribution and consumption of electricity to improve energy efficiency. Smartgrids can also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The global smartgrid market could exceed $200 billion by 2030

Over the past ten years, more than 5 billion euros have been invested in around 300 smartgrid projects in Europe. The smart meter segment is experiencing particularly strong growth, with 4 billion euros dedicated to their deployment over the last ten years. New devices are multiplying: energy boxes, home automation units, consumption monitoring software, etc. The business models are still uncertain, however. However, business models are still uncertain: nearly 200 million smart meters for electricity and 45 million for gas have been deployed in the EU. In addition, over 90% of French consumers have had a smart meter since 2022. These meters enable energy savings of around 3%.

As smartgrids are at the crossroads of various technologies, the market attracts a diverse range of players: electrical equipment manufacturers (ABB, Schneider, etc.) are the best positioned in the market, and information engineering services companies (SSII) also have a card to play.french players are mainly present in electrical equipment, and there are fewer strong players in the ICT sector (software and IT services).

Public authorities play a key role in the development of the smartgrid market. The EU is supporting a number of projects, which is providing a strong impetus to the market. Internationally, Sweden and Italy have established themselves as market pioneers.

1.2 The global smartgrid market: overview and main characteristics

The global Smart Grid market is booming, with average growth estimated at nearly **% per year, according to [***].

In ****, the market is valued at $** billion, and is likely to exceed $*** billion by ****, driven by growing demand from governments seeking solutions to optimize their power grids.

Sales forecast for the Smart Grid ...

1.3 The European market: uneven deployment of smart meters

Source: ****

In its **** report on smart grid projects (***), the Joint Research Centre showed the highly heterogeneous nature of smart meter deployment in member states. at that time, onlyItaly and Sweden had already finalized the installation of new-generation meters on their territories. The other Member States were in a particularly heterogeneous state ...

1.4 Domestic market

Smartgrid market size France, ****, € million Source: ****

The smartgrid market was worth €*.* billion in ****. In its **** study, EY estimates that the smart grids market will be worth around €* billion by ****, at a CAGR of +**%. This significant growth would result from a major shift in the energy landscape, from centralized generation and unidirectional ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 The popularity of electric mobility

Smartgrids and electric vehicles

The V*G (***) concept is in line with the development of smart grids. Its principle is based on the optimal use of the electricity stored in the batteries of electric vehicles, thanks to bi-directional terminals capable of both recharging these batteries and recovering their energy when necessary ...

2.2 Demand for smart cities: urban infrastructure needs

Demand trends for smart buildings

As in many other areas of use, changes in European and French environmental legislation and various CSR reporting obligations are "forcing the hand" of players involved in the real estate market.s in the real estate market, making the option of smartgrids a viable means of ...

2.3 The smart grid in production facilities and housing: the rise of the smart house and smart factory

Demand trends in home automation

While not representing the entire home automation sector, smart grids play a major role in the smart home model, particularly with connected home automation devices that enable users to control the energy consumption of their appliances.

Poll: Do you own any home automation-related connected objects? France, ...

2.4 The evolution of electricity networks: price and consumption requirements

Smart grids also aim to optimize the operation of power grids by deploying intelligent infrastructures such as substations, advanced meters, sensors and even actuators. These technologies provide grid operators with real-time data on the status of networks, enabling them to monitor and control them remotely. This translates into improved quality of ...

2.5 Growing needs in terms of storage and integration of renewable energies

Smartgrids and their role in the storage and integration of renewable energies

The storage issue

Electricity storage, while crucial to the deployment of renewable energies, remains a major challenge. Current solutions, such as pumped storage stations and domestic batteries, are limited and have significant shortcomings. Pumped-storage power stations(***) store electricity in ...

2.6 The growing popularity of self-consumption, which, facilitated by smart grids, provides an answer to the problems of RE storage

Self-consumption means generating electricity locally, generally from renewable sources such as solar photovoltaics, and consuming it on site without necessarily feeding it back into the grid.

The link with smart grids lies in the fact that smart grids facilitate and maximizeself-consumption. By integrating advanced metering, real-time monitoring and remote control functionalities, ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Value chain

The value chain below represents a simplified version of the smartgrid flowchart. Only the main installations/projects employing smartgrids are shown, given the broad scope of the technology's application

TSO: Transmission System Operator (***)

DSO: Distribution network operator (***)

Smartgrid market value by segment France, ****/****, in millions of euros Source: ****

Between **** and ****, the ...

3.2 Production

The smart grids market in the generation segment is experiencing significant growth, mainly due to the national energy policy favoring the development of renewable energies (***). The challenges associated with the intermittency and predictability of renewable energy production are increasing demand for flexibility solutions, particularly storage. The industry estimates that around * GW ...

3.3 Transport

As France's sole transmission system operator,RTE's transmission segment projections are based on future investments. These investments are aimed at the ongoing digitization, development and standardization of **-hour control rooms, local PLCs, advanced IT and analytical technologies (***) and telecommunications networks. These investments are expected to reach nearly *** million euros by ****, compared ...

3.4 Distribution

As France's main electricity distribution network operator,Enedis covers **% of the country. Growth projections for the Distribution segment are therefore based on data provided by Enedis. In ****, distribution will represent the main segment of the smart grids market (***), as well as investments in information systems linked to smart grids, should stimulate ...

3.5 Consumption

Growth in the Consumption segment from **** to **** is mainly driven by the development of the"Electric Mobility" use case, which is expected to reach *.* billion euros in ****, compared with around ** million euros in ****. This increase is due to the expected strong growth in electric vehicle fleets and the penetration of smart ...

4 Offer analysis

4.1 Typology of smartgrid offerings in France

Also present on the market are innovative smartgrid consulting and solutions companies such as Atos WorldGrid and SmartGrid Energy (***), some of which are actively investing in smartgrid projects.some are actively investing in smartgrid equipment construction projects, such as the JBox project led by NW Joules in collaboration with Enedis, RTE ...

4.2 The installation of smart gas & electricity meters: an important step in the smart meter offering

Linky meter installation schedule

Linky meter installation schedule France, ****-****, in millions of units Source: ****

In the case of Linky meters, the customer is not the homeowner, but the municipality, which pays for their installation (***).

Electricity meter operators such as Enedis (***) are mandated by the authorities to manage, maintain and replace ...

4.3 The current V2G offering

The Vehicle-To-Grid, or V*G, makes it possible to use electric vehicles as a means of storing energy and re-injecting electricity into the site for various services when they are not in use.

Electricity is stored in the vehicles' batteries when it is cheap and low in carbon, for example when ...

4.4 Microgrid and smart substation solutions

Microgrid equipment

A microgrid is an autonomous electrical system that enables electricity to be generated and used on site, offering sustainability and resilience. It integrates energy resources such as renewable energies and diesel generators, with the possibility of storing electricity in batteries. These microgrids benefit a variety of entities, from municipalities ...

5 Regulations

5.1 Regulatory framework

The Commission de Régulation de l'Énergie (***), in partnership with RTE, quickly put in place a regulatory framework conducive to the integration of load shedding into the power grid. As early as ****, the balancing mechanism, essential for balancing the power system, was opened up to load shedding.

Recognition of load ...

6 Positioning the players

6.1 Positioning the players

  • ABB Robotics
  • Enedis
  • Schneider Electric
  • Stellantis (Groupe PSA et Fiat)
  • Renault Groupe
  • Nissan
  • NW Joules
  • Nidec ASI
  • TE Connectivity
  • TDK Electronics

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  • Number of jobs in the smartgrid market
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Latest news

Schneider Electric has had the best year in its history - 16/02/2024
  • Net profit: 4 billion euros.
  • Sales: 36 billion euros.
  • Revenue growth: 13%.
  • Order book for 2024: over 19 billion euros.
  • Market share in electrical infrastructure for data centers: 21% in 2023.
  • Hiring planned as part of this R&D investment: 6,000 people.
  • Sales in the United States: over €10 billion.
  • Schneider market capitalization: over 100 billion euros.
Schneider Electric returns to the exclusive club of companies worth over 100 billion euros - 12/12/2023
  • Schneider Electric has a market capitalization of over 100 billion euros.
  • Schneider Electric forecasts annual sales growth of 7% to 10% between 2023 and 2027.
Stellantis takes a radical turn in China. - 09/12/2023
  • Signature of a strategic partnership with Chinese automotive start-up Leapmotor.
  • Stellantis will acquire a stake of around 21% in the company for a total of 1.5 billion euros.
  • The two companies will also set up a joint venture, Leapmotor International, 51% owned by Stellantis.
  • Based in the Netherlands, it will "have exclusive rights to manufacture, export and sell Leapmotor products outside China"
  • The Leapmotor International joint venture is targeting 500,000 sales outside China by 2030.
  • Deliveries from the Leapmotor International joint venture are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2024.
  • Stellantis terminated its joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) in July 2022.
  • Stellantis sold three local plants to the Chinese group Dongfeng.
A hydrogen pick-up: Stellantis' answer to Tesla's Cybertruck - 06/12/2023
  • Stellantis aims to launch a hydrogen version of a RAM pickup in the USA in late 2026 or early 2027.
  • The hydrogen-powered pickup promises a recharge time of less than ten minutes.
  • Stellantis also plans to produce a hydrogen-powered utility vehicle at "industrial volumes" in Hordain, northern France, from next year.
  • Toyota, another major manufacturer, presented a prototype Hilux that runs on hydrogen.
  • Rivian, a new manufacturer, has already started selling its electric van, backed by Amazon and Ford.
United Kingdom: Nissan invests £1.12 billion in electric cars - 24/11/2023
  • Nissan has announced an investment of over £1 billion in the construction of two new electric car models.
  • The UK automotive industry contributes £71 billion a year to the UK economy.
  • 7.more than 1,000 Nissan employees and 30,000 supply chain employees in the UK
  • In 2021, Nissan and its battery supplier AESC announced a £1 billion investment in the Sunderland site to build its first gigafactory.
  • German carmaker BMW announced an investment of over £600 million in the electrification of Mini cars in the UK.
  • Tata, owner of Jaguar Land Rover, announced a £4 billion investment in an electric battery mega-plant in the UK.
Stellantis steps up a gear in the commercial vehicle segment - 24/10/2023
  • Stellantis presented twelve new commercial vehicles in four different brands.
  • Commercial vehicles account for a third of Stellantis sales, or 60 billion euros.
  • Stellantis intends to double its sales of commercial vehicles by 2030. Stellantis has a 31% market share of commercial vehicle sales in Europe and 28% in South America. The group sold 1.6 million commercial vehicles worldwide last year. Stellantis aims to generate sales of 5 billion euros from connected vehicle services by 2030.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

ABB Robotics
Schneider Electric
Stellantis (Groupe PSA et Fiat)
Renault Groupe
NW Joules
Nidec ASI
TE Connectivity
TDK Electronics

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