Power distribution

Power distribution is the third link in the electrification value chain. Power distribution systems deliver a continuous supply of power, without power cuts or blackouts. Designed to handle a wide variety of renewable and other energy sources, these infrastructures provide a reliable connection from one end of the chain to the other.


Power distribution: sustainable delivery

The distribution sector is facing a range of challenges arising from the growing demand for electricity, the difficulties of providing access to electricity for the entire global population, and the need to decarbonize energy.

Major changes are underway in the energy landscape, and energy distributors are in the front line. They need to be responsive, agile and innovative in order to make networks more reliable, more sustainable and more able to address the growing demand for energy.

As a pure player in electrification, our key objective is to develop smart, high-tech, eco-responsible solutions that will completely transform power grids to reflect the new realities in energy.

We deliver fully integrated turnkey solutions to all transmission and distribution system operators, allowing them to seamlessly upgrade networks and grids: from cables and cabling solutions including high-voltage (HV), medium-voltage (MV) and low-voltage (LV) accessories, to the most advanced services for business continuity and grid management.

What do we mean by power distribution?

Power distribution refers to the transmission of electricity through a grid made up of medium-voltage and low-voltage lines. A medium-voltage network carries electricity from transformer substations to distribution substations. A low-voltage network carries electricity from distribution substation to households and non-residential sites.

First developed in the late nineteenth century, power grids have undergone continuous transformation to keep pace with changes in society. Power grids were originally deployed by cities to address the specific needs of the time. So the challenge of renewing aging power distribution networks is an age-old issue. Faced with strong urban growth, large cities such as New York had to adapt quickly, with the first modernization projects being carried out as early as 1880. Ageing grids and higher demand for electricity increase the risk of blackouts.

Today, the energy transition is once again spurring energy distributors to reinvent themselves. Artificial intelligence is an innovation accelerator, driving the emergence of even more efficient and resilient power systems.


billion people should have
access to electricity by 2030


million people worldwide
currently have no access
to electricity

Challenges associated with power distribution

  • The renovation of networks to integrate renewable energy sources.
  • The necessity to make power grids more resilient and efficient.
  • The need to secure distribution networks and increase their reliability.
  • The urge to increase infrastructure reliability and the interconnection of grids and networks, as the key requirements for a sustainable power supply.

Nexans solutions

Nexans provides communities with affordable, reliable, safe, efficient solutions, cutting-edge technologies and an uninterrupted power supply, in order to build a more sustainable future.

How does this work?

Our objectives

  • We want to promote the development of smart grids.
  • We seek to innovate in order to modernize distribution networks and make them more resilient and efficient.
  • We are willing to invest in R&D to develop innovative solutions including a greater proportion of renewable energies.

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