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The Grenoble CCI and Schneider Electric launch the LearningGrid

The project is to be Europe’s first technology and educational microgrid testbed.

The objective of this original and innovative project is to deliver an educational, technical tool on the IMT campus, to support its journey from an energy-consuming into a sustainable site.

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, and the Grenoble CCI launched the LearningGrid project at the Institut des Métiers et des Techniques (IMT), to create a local microgrid across campus buildings to optimize energy performance, reduce consumption, train energy specialists, and empower apprentices to understand energy issues as part of their professional training.

The IMT serves more than 2,400 students and the campus consists of 6 buildings, some of which date back to the 1960s, and others built as recently as 2015. The institute currently has an overall picture of its energy consumption, but wants to control costs and measure when, where and how it consumes energy, in order to reduce its total costs by 30%, relying on 15% renewable sources and 30% from local production.

Schneider Electric is implementing the microgrid. A pooled management system of solar and cogeneration production, storage and the buildings’ loads will interconnect the electricity grid and the district heating network. At its heart will be a newly constructed 400 m² building — an “energy cockpit” to centralize all local facilities.

This unique project of building intelligent electrical network between all the buildings of the IMT of Grenoble is supported by the state through the Investments for Future Programme (PIA), the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Alpes region, Grenoble Alpes Métropole, the County Council of Isère, but also by the European company Kic InnoEnergy and the Intercommunal Heating Company of Grenoble (CCIAG), and represents an investment of more than 10 M€.

This project has two major objectives. The first, of technical nature, aims to reduce campus energy consumption by 30% through tools and solutions to improve building performance. It then involves integrating new sources of clean energy management to achieve an optimum balance between energy production and consumption. The second is based on a large educational mission. The LearningGrid will allow apprentice electricians and mechanics, but also apprentice hairdressers, cooks or bakers to integrate energy issues into their training curriculum and thus to measure the impact of their activities and behaviors on their consumption of energy.

In the digital and energy transition era, the training of young people can no longer be done in the same way. This is why the CCI has undertaken the mission to educate and train all students on the campus on the environment and energy management, and to systematically offer a training module on these issues.

Apprentices will be able to benefit from the majority of the installations as of the spring of 2019.

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