Smart Energies

Group

Business Lines

Renewable energy production

Smart Energies invests in renewable energies. The Group develops, finances, builds, and operates electricity production sites in Europe and Africa in the following sectors :

Solar photovoltaic energy
Hydroelectricity
Biogas

At the end of May 2016, the Group had 80 sites under construction or in operation for a total capacity of more than 60 MW and an annual production of 90 GWh of green electricity, or the equivalent consumption of 50,000 people.

The Group has truly become a specialist in the development, financing, and operation of intermediate size power plants (average size of 750 kW with a lower limit per site of 100 kW), a segment abandoned by many investors.

The Smart Energies portfolio is growing strongly, in Europe and now in Africa. Smart Energies plans to invest, either alone or in co-investment, EUR 50 million in equity in new projects during the 2016-2018 period, after investing EUR 30 million in equity during the 2014-2016 period.

  • Alpes Energies
  • Apremont
  • Cestas Constantin14 Constantin15
  • Ecuries De Lansargues
  • Erable Commune De Losse
  • Evergrid
  • Loubiere
  • Septemes
  • Solarmed1
  • Stahlbrode
  • Sunmed2
  • Sunmed3

Hydrogen production

Along with projects in renewable energy, the Group can also invest in innovative technologies for the projects of tomorrow. Thus, in hydrogen production, and through its CETH2 subsidiary, the Group has developed a very promising PEM electrolysis technology that produces H2 hydrogen from water and electricity through a proton exchange membrane. In 2014, Smart Energies opened CETH2 shareholding to Areva and ADEME, and CETH2 became Areva H2Gen, owned equally by its 3 shareholders who bring their financial and industrial resources to the project.

Production Hydrogene 01
Production Hydrogene 02
Production Hydrogene 03
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Areva H2Gen develops, manufactures, and markets PEM technology electrolysers, which is the most promising technology today in terms of security, cost reduction perspective, and adaptation to power variations.

The Areva H2Gen electrolysers are ideally positioned to meet the growing needs in renewable energy storage and clean mobility by addressing the following markets:

H2 Industry: to cover the hydrogen needs of industrial customers for specific uses (for example, cooling of generators in power plants).

H2 Mobility: the number of fuel cells vehicles is growing, resulting in the development of a network of service stations supplying hydrogen, of which at least a third are equipped with electrolysers that themselves can be powered by decentralised renewable energy production sites. Fuel cells vehicles offer fully decarbonised mobility with the advantage of having significant autonomy (> 600 km) and the ability to refuel hydrogen in just a few minutes.

H2 Renewable Energy Storage: due to the intermittent nature of solar and wind power, the question of renewable energy storage is becoming a major issue; the electrolyser can turn wind or solar power surplus into storable hydrogen. This hydrogen can be re-transformed into electricity (fuel cell), injected into the natural gas network to provide thermal energy (Power-to-Gas), or be combined with CO2 to form renewable 'green' methane (methanation).

The Areva H2Gen order book has more than tripled in one year, reaching the record level of EUR 10 million at the end of May 2016.

Energy efficiency

The Group also invests in energy efficiency by financing projects for industrial customers or public entities as third-party investor. In the first quarter of 2016, Smart Energies put into service its first ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) turbine that recovers waste heat in order to generate electricity at a Veolia site. The Group has many other projects under consideration.

Septemes

As a stakeholder committed to the energy transition, Smart Energies develops, finances, builds, and operates renewable energy production sites in Europe and Africa using solar, hydraulic, and biogas resources in the regions.

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