Last Thursday, 4 May, sixty electricians attended the last Meeting of the Var Rexel trade club, on the topic ‘Construction: positive energy’.

3 manufacturers: Systovie, Somfy and Hybrid-Energy

A chance for these professionals to discover new alternatives for energy production and consumption!

HPOD MICRO tested at the French Motorcycle Grand Prix by the CarXpert-Interwetten team, world championship runners-up!

On the starting grid, the HPOD Micro is tested to supply the heated tyre covers. After the French GP, it will be used for the Italian, Spanish and Dutch Grand Prix.

With a technical base in the South of France, where it is housed in its own premises, the team wears its Swiss colours proudly: “We prioritised practicality, which is why we looked for premises within the Paul Ricard circuit at Castellet. The conditions there are ideal”, explains team manager Fred Corminbœuf. Team CarXpert, bearing the name of the main title sponsor, is a Swiss company managed by Olivier Metraux with a business distributing spare parts and service based on car and HGV maintenance. In 2017, the CarXpert-Interwetten team is represented by: Moto 2 GP riders: Thomas Lüthi (Swiss), Jesko Raffin (Swiss) Iker Lecuona (Spain), World Team runners-up Moto 2 2016. Moto 3 CEV rider: Andy Verdoya, Jason Dupasquier, Technical Director: Gilles Bigot.

For the French Motocycle GP at Le Mans this weekend Thomas Lüthi took pole position and a podium finish in 3rd place. He is 2nd in the championship ranking.

Hpod micro grand prix moto
Hpod micro maintient les pneus des motos chauds
Hpod micro maintient les pneus des motos chauds

For many years, GELEC Energy has helped farmers safeguard the electricity supply for their farms!

Discover a part in pictures …


This farm with herd of 125 milking cows uses the GELEC PANTHER-70YC 68.75 kVA generator to protect its equipment from power cuts.

With an integrated source inverter, the GELEC generator automatically takes over if the mains supply fails. It therefore enables the milk tank and milking machine to work properly, essential to the farm’s operation.

This unit, dating from 2014, has been used for 117 hours.

ETA bretonne

This Breton farm uses a GELEC TIGER-250YC 247 kVA generator to power various equipment: silo feed screws, electric pumps, etc.


A 200 kVA generator set installed in a dairy cow breeding facility that also pasteurises.

This GELEC generator set is also equipped with a CHP system (heat recovery) and a BIOIL vegetable oil/Diesel dual fuel system (the generator starts on diesel to liquefy the oil then runs using only vegetable oil).

This farmer is eco-aware and his facilities have been awarded ‘Bleu Blanc Cœur’ accreditation.


The electricity supply for this farm with 60,000 laying hens is backed up by a TIGER-90YC 88 kVA generator.

The HPOD Micro is changing!
It now has an even stronger casing. Its castors and side handle trolley version make it easily transportable.

This new generation of HPOD is available in 2 models:

Micro 1-01L
Power: 1 kVA
Storage: 1.3 kWh (Lithium battery)
Warranty: 3 years
Rechargeable on 230 V mains supply
Weight: 30 kg
Dimensions 533 x 320 x 405 mm

Micro 3-04L
Power: 3 kVA
Storage: 4 kWh (Lithium battery)
Warranty: 3 years
Rechargeable on 230 V mains supply
Weight: 49 kg
Dimensions 533 x 320 x 405 mm

+ no noise
+ no fuel
+ no pollution
+ no maintenance
+ economical
+ Plug & Play
+ recharges from the mains supply
+ recharges from a running vehicle
+ recharges from solar panels

More info

The ‘Quelle Energie’ [Which Energy] site has written a very interesting article on the advantages and disadvantages of self-consumption. This article helps understanding of how this innovation works!


“Firstly, the fact of subscribing to this new way of producing and using electricity at home marks your independence from the different electricity suppliers because you will not be required to buy back what you use. There is no denying that if you adopt self-consumption, you will substantially reduce your energy costs and monthly payments, maybe to the point of making them disappear for good. […]

If you make the choice to switch to full self-consumption or isolated site not connected to the supply, you won’t need to be connected to the mains supply if you have batteries to collect and store the energy produced and accumulated for long-term use. […]

So switching to self-consumption gives everyone who adopts this practice the status of eco-citizen, as the environment is better protected.

As for the disadvantages of self-consumption, it must first be noted that the cost of the equipment and professional installation is quite high for nearly all types of equipment.

However, in 2017, the cost of equipment for energy self-consumption has fallen substantially.

You should also know that this new consumption mode is a major investment but the return on investment is significant, so allowing self-consumption to be viable. […]

Energy self-consumption has some very convincing advantages if compared, for example, with a dedicated photovoltaic solar system for selling to EDF:

+ Cost of installing photovoltaic panels for self-consumption is lower than for selling to EDF as it doesn’t need to be connected to the mains supply;
+ Savings on energy consumption because the price of electricity is constantly rising;
+ Very few administrative procedures to be followed.”