To best address the needs of the French smart grids Sector, Think Smartgrids is supported by a Scientific Council, Working groups and Committees, chaired by leading figures and bringing together key stakeholders in the sector.
The Scientific Council
Chaired by Professor Nouredine Hadjsaid, from the Institut Polytechnique in Grenoble, and vice-chaired by Pierre Mallet, Director of R&D and Innovation at Enedis, the Scientific Council is in charge of guiding the association in its technological choices and participates in the creation of R&D priorities in the French smart grids Sector (see the R&D Roadmap).
The Training Committee
Chaired by Andrea Michiorri, Professor and Director of Research at MINES ParisTech, and vice-chaired by Eric Gillet, Sales Director at Schneider electric, it lists smart grids training courses in France, participates in the Commitment for the development of employment and skills in the electrical industry on behalf of the French Ministry of Labor, and works to set up student exchanges with India.
The International Committee
Chaired by Thomas Bazin, Strategic Account Executive of Schneider electric, it coordinates interactions with foreign delegations wishing to evaluate French expertise in smart grid solutions and the partnership agreements signed with the association’s international partners. The Committee also organizes the representation of the French smart grids industry at international events and exhibitions.
The Territories and Innovation Commission
Chaired by Marc Fisher (Market and development manager, Omexom) and vice-chaired by Philippe Vié (Director of Energy, Utilities and Chemistry, Capgemini Group), the Territories and Innovation Commission’s priorities include identifying smart grids offers, as a development vector for territories, as well as innovative and high-performance business models.
The aim is to support regions that wish to develop projects around issues such as multi-energy networks, electric mobility, smart buildings, energy comunities, etc.
The “Institutional Relations” Working Group
Led by Christophe Gros, head of the Regulatory division of Enedis, this Working Group defines the association’s positions on French and European legislation concerning smart grids, establishes the subjects on which the association will be called upon to express its views and addresses the sector’s requests to the institutions. In 2019, it also produced a brochure presenting the French smart grids ecosystem.
The Data & Digital Transformation Working group
Led by Benjamin de Buttet (DCbrain) and Thomas Lacroix (Cosmo Tech), the working group is studying the major issues associated with the digital transformation of utilities (industrialization of data projects, cybersecurity, new AI technologies, etc.). It publishes a study every year: The Digital Transformation of Utilities (Nov. 2018); Data analytics in utilities – a review of new technologies and use cases (Nov. 2019), Using data for tackling energy insecurity (in French_La data au service de la précarité énergétique – Jan 2021).