In the face of weather conditions causing major power cuts or overloads on the central network, cities along with industry and the tertiary sector must be able to adapt and react quickly. A power failure may in fact have serious consequences for the smooth operation of essential services (transport, hospitals, etc.) – particularly in less developed countries. It is therefore advisable to develop "microgrids", smart energy mini-grids that operate with or independently of the main grid that are able to meet small-scale needs.
Microgrids are emerging as an innovative, economical and environmentally friendly alternative to central power grids. They are capable not only of producing electricity and heat, mainly using renewable energies (solar, wind, biomass, etc.), but also of storing energy, in batteries for example, and supplying the local area. This helps to limit costs, save energy and reduce the installation’s environmental footprint.
Who are our customers?
Cities, industry, tertiary
Veolia develops microgrid solutions covering aspects from energy production to distribution and storage. This is combined with real time remote control of the installations.
- Evaluation and feasibility studies (technical and financial)
- Conceptual and schematic design
- Meter monitoring, evaluation and integration
- Operation and maintenance
Veolia brings its customers innovative energy consumption and distribution solutions.
Benefits for our customers
Smaller environmental footprint
Resistance to natural or man-made impacts and stresses
Secured energy supply
They chose this solution
To reduce pressure on the local network and enable the plant to be energy self-sufficient and reduce its energy costs, Veolia is experimenting with the use of lithium-ion batteries to store electricity during off-peak hours. A lithium-ion battery is capable of producing 400 kW/385 kWh, which is enough energy to power 1,000 homes or 100,000 AAA batteries.
With the support of Veolia, the hotel operates independently of the New York City central grid. It is able to produce its own energy, store it in batteries and meet the premises’ heating, air conditioning and electricity needs.
To reduce not only the carbon footprint of the Sippy Down campus by 40% over 25 years but also its electricity costs, Veolia has developed the "water battery project". Photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roofs and car parks. The energy produced is used in a thermal process to cool water stored in a reservoir, acting like a battery. The water is then released into the buildings’ cooling circuits at the desired time to provide air conditioning.