Making the electricity system more efficient, resilient and secure, and using a solution with less impact on the environment

Efacec has once again been trusted by the French transmission system operator (RTE) with a new order that will contribute to the digitalisation of the network in France.

Efacec will supply additional devices for three new automation and protection systems, to be installed in three digital substations during 2024, as well as for RTE’s laboratory testing and technical and engineering staff training platforms.

The order follows the successful qualification of the pilot phase of the R#SPACE project – “RTE’s Smart Protection Automation and Control Ecosystem”, which will culminate in the commissioning of the first smart digital substation in Ploeren, France, in the coming weeks.

“The R#SPACE pilot project strengthens our position in France, where we have signed more than 100 million euros in contracts over the last two years, particularly in the area of transformers, with the various network operators in the French market,” says Rui Dias Jorge, Product Manager for Efacec’s Protection Automation and Control (PAC) division.

The intelligent digital substation in Ploeren marks a paradigm shift, making the operation of the French electricity system more efficient, resilient and secure, using a solution with much less environmental impact and, thus, substantially reducing the carbon footprint.

Efacec’s automation and control products – TPU L500, MCU 500 and Automation Studio – have been formally approved by RTE as part of the R#SPACE project, which will form the basis of the future power grid protection and control system.

These products stand out both for their technological complexity and their ability to meet the functional and integration requirements defined by the customer. They were designed from scratch to be a structuring element of the intelligent digital substation and are pillars of the Efacec portfolio, in line with the most advanced protection and automation technology for electricity transmission substations.