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French organisations have been actively involved in the previous editions of European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe. With a large pavilion organised by Business France, there is a strong representation of the French energy sector actively involved with the Enlit Europe energy community.

Are you interested in doing business, sharing knowledge or having in-depth discussions with French experts? Read on to see which exhibitors and participants from France you can meet.

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Spotlight on France

In this episode of the Spotlight on Country Series, France takes the stage. With two exciting panels, hosted by Smile and Think Smart Grids federates, you can expect to gain more insights in the French energy market.

Part 1: Smile gathers innovative projects around the energy transition topic. One of the main focus is collective self-consumption, which covers storage, renewable production, mobility, energy management, etc. It applies to microgrid such as islands, rural areas, but also residential and commercial areas. Involved Smile stakeholders will use concrete examples to demonstrate the best-practices and knowhow of western France.

Part 2: Think Smartgrids federates that represent the French Smart Grid ecosystem, chaired by Marianne Laigneau, President of the Enedis Management Board, aims to develop the Smart Grids sector in France, but also to develop international collaborations on behalf of its members and represent France within the Global Smart Energy Federation.

New applications of AI for networks and energy transition is one of the study topics of Think Smartgrids’ Scientific Council and Data & Digital Transformation working group. The speakers will present concrete use cases that show how AI can improve the integration and distribution of Renewable Energies, as well as investment planning and the cost-efficiency of projects.

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Spotlight on France


  • Valérie-Anne Lencznar, Managing Director, Think Smartgrids
  • Marine Gabory, smartgrids showroom manager in Nantes, Smile association (Part 1)
  • Thomas Bazin, Strategic Account Executive, Schneider Electric (Part 2)


  • Françoise Restif, Smile project coordinator, Bretagne Developpement Innovation
  • Henri Le Gallais, Chairman, ENAG
  • Nicolas Samon, Business Developer, Enerfox
  • Lynda Lamraoui, Chief Marketing Officer, ENGIE Home Performance
  • Georges Kariniotakis, Professor, MINES ParisTech and Head of Renewable Energies & Smartgrids Group (ERSEI)
  • Vincent Renault, R&D Director, Artelys
  • Olivier Genest, Director, Trialog


France has a low-carbon electricity mix owing to its large nuclear fleet, yet many reactors are reaching the end of their lifetime. France is the world's largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation.

The country has started an ambitious energy transition under the Energy and Climate Change Law 2019 by designing a national low-carbon strategy, carbon budgets, a carbon price trajectory and a planning framework for energy investment. The objectives for France are also the improvement of energy efficiency and reductions in primary energy consumption, especially fossil fuel consumption; promotion of the use of renewable and recovered energies; the balanced development of energy networks, storage and transformation and the management of energy demand, in particular to promote local energy production, the development of smart grids and self-production.



Recently, France is examining scenarios of very high shares of variable renewables to understand the implications for electricity security and systems operation, including in the regional context.

Key Objectives

  • Reduce the share of nuclear from today 75% to 50% in the electricity mix by 2035. The plan is to decommission around 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 and fill the gap with renewable energy sources.
  • Achieve 33% renewable energy in its energy mix in 2030
  • Reduce fossil fuel consumption by 40% by 2030
  • Achieve -7,5 % overall energy consumption by 2023 and -16,5 % by 2028
  • Carbon Neutral by 2050
  • We spoke to Julien Tchernia to hear first-hand how start-up ekWateur adapted so fast and are overcoming the current situation, how they adapted to the working from home environment, and how their recr ...
  • In this interview, Edouard Sauvage explains his strategy for energy system integration, the potential of biomethane and hydrogen and the importance of developing international projects quickly.  
  • Daniel shares his forecast for the development of hydrogen and renewable energies in France, compares the energy mix of different European countries and the challenges faced for this development withi ...


The 2021 exhibition floor will welcome many French companies, many of them joined under the collective Pavilion organised by Business France, showcasing the latest French technology and innovation experience in the field of smart grids.

Find out more at the Businesss France website and reach out to Sophie Issovits to find out more details about getting involved.

Besides the companies on the pavilions, several others, as well as start-ups, will be present on the exhibition floor representing the best of what is being made in France, during Enlit Europe 2021.


If you are a French start-up or SME you could benefit from the Recovery Plan for export (Plan de relance Export) which directly responds to the needs of SMEs and mid-cap companies wishing to strengthen their international strike force. Apply now to see if you are eligible to get up to 50% of your costs refunded with the Recovery cheques for export (Cheques relance Export), one of the flagship measures which allows to benefit from export support services by approved operators. For more information get in touch with Sophie Issovits at Business France.

Do you want to learn more about joining the country pavilions or participate as an exhibitor? Contact Eva Hureau or make a stand enquiry:

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Exhibiting French Companies during Enlit Europe 2021

If you want to be part of the Enlit Europe online community and interact with these companies and our community members - your industry peers, check out how you can join here.





We are expecting 2,000 French representatives to join us at Enlit Europe 2021, representing over 800 companies like:

ALPIQ, Boralex, Bordeaux Metropole Energies, Centrica, Communauté Urbaine de Dunkerque, Dalkia Biogaz, EDF International Networks, EDF Renewables, EDF Research & Development, EDF Trading, ekWateur, Endesa, Enedis, Enedis Pays de la Loire, Enercoop, Enertrag France, ENGIE, ENGIE Green, Eni Gas and Power France, ERANOVE, Eranove Group, GAZEL Energie, GRDF, GreenAlp, GRTgaz, Réseau de Transport d'Electricité, R-GDS, RTE, SAUR Group, SICAE OISE, SICAE Somme et Cambraisis, Statkraft, Suez, TOTAL, Total Direct Energie, Veolia, Voltalia.

And registrations coming in as we speak! Do you want to get in touch? Start networking via Enlit Europe's Networking Platform - Swapcard. If you haven't joined Enlit Europe's Networking Platform in Swapcard, sign up for free here


Your Inclusive Guide to the Energy Transition







Diamond Partner

  • Siemens


Sustainable Power Partner

  • Enel


Platinum Partner

  • Amazon Web Services


Gold Partners

  • Italgas
  • Microsoft
  • SAP

Silver Partners

  • Atos
  • Baker Hughes
  • Capgemini
  • LoRa Alliance
  • Meters & More
  • Nodes
  • Prime Alliance
  • Schneider Electric
  • Solar Turbines


Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation


Utility Partners

  • Dtek
  • Enedis
  • GRDF
  • Gruppo Hera
  • RTE
  • Sorgenia



  • AC Boilers
  • Analog Devices
  • Ansaldo
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • BASF New Business
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Critical Software
  • Data Reply
  • EDP Labelec
  • Emerson
  • Flux Federation
  • GIFT
  • Haldor Topsoe
  • Kaluza
  • Kongsberg Digital
  • KX
  • Landis + Gyr
  • Minsait, an Indra Company
  • N-Side
  • Netbeheer Nederland
  • NXP
  • OSGP Alliance
  • Pietro Fiorentini
  • Powercloud
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Sféra
  • Siemens Energy
  • tiko
  • Uniper
  • Valmet Technologies


Initiate Sponsors

  • BayWa
  • EIT InnoEnergy
  • Enel Innovation Hubs
  • McKinsey Energy Insights
  • Iberdrola Perseo
  • Smart Innovation Norway
  • Sylfen
  • Techleap.nl
  • The GC Index
  • TU Berlin
  • Volytica Diagnostics
  • Woon Duurzaam