ScopeFrance’s Rhône-Alpes region, the birthplace of hydroelectricity, is home to some of the hydroelectric industry’s global leaders. Water—a crucial source of renewable energy—is currently the only renewable energy source that is both storable and that allows the mass production of electricity while ensuring a continuous power supply. Hydropower currently meets 11% of France’s demand for electricity and has steadily expanded worldwide for more than a century.
Hydroelectricity is crucial to energy strategy and the economy, and Tenerrdis supports continued innovation in the field by coordinating collaborative projects addressing the latest challenges facing the industry:
Tenerrdis brings together some of France’s leading hydroelectric organizations, including Alstom, Artelia, Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, EDF, and Grenoble Institute of Technology, as well as experts in micro hydropower, such as GEG, H3E Industries, and Hydroquest. The cluster also addresses all levels of hydropower production, with projects targeting turbomachinery, infrastructure, and riverbed engineering.
Technology ResearchCREMHyG is Grenoble Institute of Technology’s center for hydraulic machinery research and testing. The center develops testing and measurement capabilities to assess the hydraulic performance and flow instability of turbomachinery. The center partners with major hydropower equipment manufacturers like Alstom (with its Grenoble-based turbine center Alstom Power Hydro) to implement the testing and measurement capabilities developed.
Key FiguresSince 2005 Tenerrdis has certified 25 R&D projects and demonstrators in the field of hydropower, 12 of which have received government funding for a total of €6 million.
Breakdown of hydropower projects financed
(Tenerrdis-certified collaborative projects)