Grenoble Alpes:
a leader in renewable energies

An important hub
for energy technologies

The invention of hydroelectricity in 1870 by Aristide Bergès gave Grenoble’s industrial sector a great boost. Today, with 38 hydroelectricity stations, the Grenoble Alpes region has continued to shine as France’s #1 producer of hydroelectricity.

 Ever since the invention of hydroelectricity, the region has continued to expand its capabilities in renewable energies. Today, the sector includes over 17,000 jobs (15,000 in industry and 2,000 in R&D), all concentrated within a radius of 20km.

For decades, Grenoble Alpes’ Metropolitan government has been dedicated to addressing the challenges associated with the energy transition and has committed itself to the development of renewable energies. In 2005, Grenoble Alpes earned a remarkable title as the first metropolitan area in France to adopt a climate plan. The presence of large multinationals, particularly in the hydroelectricity sector (GE Electric Renewable Energy or Hydro Alpes d’EDF division who employs 1,200 people), is one of the many advantages that Grenoble Alpes enjoys as a major actor in energy.

For years, Grenoble Alpes has been recognized as a leader in hydrogen technologies. It benefits from the presence of a number of important structures, such as the multinational, Air Liquide, and the renowned research center, CEA Liten, as well as a diversity of innovative SMEs and startups, like Sylfen, McPhy and Symbio.
The city is also a strategic center for the development of smart grid energy hub technologies as well as the birthplace of Schneider Electric, an international powerhouse in energy management. Despite its global expansion, Schneider Electric has chosen to keep one of its three strategic research centers in Grenoble, with the two others in Shanghai and Boston.

With a higher concentration of jobs in the energy sector than any other Metropolitan area in France, Grenoble’s research community is involved in the development of the majority of technologies linked to renewable energies/

x Smart grids
x Energy efficiency and smart buildings
x Fuel cells and Hydrogen
x Batteries and Energy Storage
x Hydroelectricity
x Photovoltaics
x Biomass

Energy cities

KEY STAKEHOLDERS

x CEA-Liten (Lab for Innovations in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials) is the largest European research center working on new energy technologies. It has numerous technical platforms in Grenoble that are designed to allow for close collaborations with industry partners. The platforms include: biomass, solar photovoltaics, smart grids, hydrogen production and storage, batteries, fuel cells, electromobility, energy microsources, thermal systems, and powder metallurgy.

x The Institut Néel and LEPMI bring together a diversity of skills in the field of electrochemistry

x G2Elab is a laboratory that covers a broad range of capabilities in electrical engineering research. Internationally, it is recognized as a major actor in the field of electrical energy as well as in materials, innovative processes, systems & modeling, and design.

x Grenoble-INP Ense3, Engineering school dedicated to energy. The 3 in its name stands for: water, energy and environment.
x Grenoble Alpes Université, #1 in France in the Shanghai ranking in several domains: energy science, water resources engineering, computer science & engineering, electrical & electronic engineering, nanoscience & nanotechnology et – instruments science & technology.
x The EDF training center opened in 2019, hosts up to 3,500 trainees per year. It is EDF’s main hydraulics training center in France. The training center is also open to outside companies.

x Tenerrdis is a competitive business cluster dedicated to the energy transition. Based in Grenoble, it is an integral part of the energy community and maintains close relationships with a network of French and European energy actors. The group brings together 223 members (70% of which SMEs & startups), has provided support for over 750 projects & certified demonstrators, and has financed 320 projects & demonstrators as part of its 7 sectors of expertise (€1.8 billion in R&D spending).
x  Innoenergy,  with its only French office located in Grenoble, companies and startups in the energy sector who are members of Innoenergy benefit from a complete support program: incubation, investment, commercial & technical support, research of European partners, and more…
x EDF une Rivière un Territoire (One River, One Land) Agency, particularly committed to local development and the industrial appeal of Grenoble Alpes, this organization helps companies in the Metropolitan area and major actors in the sector, in order to support structuring actions in the domain in the region.
x Hydro 21 is an association dedicated to bringing together the region’s capabilities in hydraulics and hydroelectricity. The association includes major industry stakeholders, engineering companies, academic labs and training centers. It also organizes the annual “Business Hydro” event that takes place in Grenoble.

KEY STAKEHOLDERS Energy

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jobs (15,000 in the private sector and 2,000 in R&D)
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competitive business cluster dedicated to the energy transition
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80% of France’s hydrogen actors
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The year hydroelectricity was invented in Grenoble

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With over 75,000 jobs in the private sector and a high concentration of established industry leaders, Grenoble Alpes has been attracting businesses and talents from around the world for decades. The city stands out in a number of domains thanks to its dynamic startups (among the most innovative in France), its local university (ranked among the world’s top 150 universities), and its collection of cutting-edge laboratories and international research centers, which span all types of research, from fundamental to applied.

With over 75,000 jobs in the private sector and a high concentration of established industry leaders, Grenoble Alpes has been attracting businesses and talents from around the world for decades. The city stands out in a number of domains thanks to its dynamic startups (among the most innovative in France), its local university (ranked among the world’s top 150 universities), and its collection of cutting-edge laboratories and international research centers, which span all types of research, from fundamental to applied.