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Integration of Renewable energies and flexibility - Smile Nantes

Get a preview of the sustainable city of the future, explore one of Europe’s biggest “smart districts” with PassivHaus certification, discover the first Power-to-gas demonstrator in France, get a behind the scenes visit of a pioneer site for smart connection and regional management of the electricity distribution network and discover over 50 smart energy projects within the SMILE showroom (showcase of smart-grid know-how) being deployed in western of France.

European Utility Week 2019 Site Visits, SMILE, Paris, Integration of Renewable energies and flexibility, Smile Nantes


15th of November

Visits will be approached under the angle of the integration of RE and flexibility.

Participants are taken charge of for the whole day – lunch and transport included. 
Departure from Paris – Montparnasse train station at 7h23. Arrival 9h19 in Nantes.

Visitors will be taken by bus through the Fleuriaye eco district in the North of Nantes to discover one of Europe’s largest positive energy districts and then to Minerve, the first French “Power-to-gas” demonstrator, which provides a solution for storage of renewable energy through methanation.

The visitors will then be taken to the SMILE Showroom in the centre of Nantes city to discover the projects deployed as part of SMILE and related to the theme of this tour. This will be combined with the visit of the Enedis Regional Management Agency located on the same site as the showroom. This agency is the only one in France to integrate 3 smart connection offers.

Visitors will then be transported back to the train station. Arrival at 19h38 by train at Paris Montparnasse station


  • RE
  • PV self-consumption
  • network
  • industrial flexibility
  • smart building
  • public appropriation
  • power to gas
  • Smart city with microgrid


  • The Fleuriaye eco-district, led by LAD Sela, with its partners: la Commune de Carquefou; ENEDIS; Armorgreen; La Fleuriaye – Technopole; AMOCITE; ENERGELIO; MAGNUM; PADW; AUP; VILOGIA; SAMO; ARTELIA; EIFFAGE CONSTRUCTION; ALBDO; Claude FIGUREAU; LEGRAND
  • Minerve “power-to-gas”, led by AFUL Chantrerie, with its partners: Engie, GRDF, GRT Gaz, Ademe, Nantes Métropole, SYDELA, SYDEV, Pays de la Loire Region, Loire-Atlantique County Council, European Regional Development Fund
  • The Enedis Grid Control Center
  • The SMILE showroom, supported by the Brittany and Pays de la Loire Regions


Solutions&Co / BDI / SMILE Association


  • Location: 7, avenue du Général de Bollardière - 44000 Nantes
  • Languages: Français, English
  • Contacts
    Sophie Riand -, +33 (0) 681 83 30 14 
    Rachel Guilloteau -, +33 (0) 624 53 13 51
  • Visiting hours: visits will take place from 9h30 to 16h30 in Nantes - Departure 7h23 from Paris and return to Paris 19h38.
  • Capacity: max. 50


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  • 800
  • 100



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