EDF’s innovative approach to energy management is helping customers benefit from grid technology and decentralised energy in Asia.
Faced with the challenges of air pollution and an unprecedented growth in urbanisation, decentralised energy and smart grid technology have been identified as key tools to increase efficiency and respond to environmental issues.
The EDF Group is using its strong track record in the European market to develop its energy services business in China, providing customers with the experience and expertise to improve their energy management in Asia.
The aim is to provide innovative solutions for manufacturers and eco–districts based on capabilities already developed by EDF in Europe. In particular focus are gas fired combined heat and power generation, waste heat recovery, and decentralised renewable energies, such as heat pumps, urban solar power, biomass, and geothermal energy. Smart control systems are used to optimize energy systems for District Heating & Cooling, Industrial Utilities, Building Energy Systems, Electrical Vehicle Charging Systems, Smart Grids and Public Lighting.
As an illustration, EDF was contracted to achieve energy efficiency at Dongfeng Peugeot Citroën Automobile facility in Wuhan by upgrading over 70,000 lighting points with smart LED lighting back in 2014.
EDF is rolling out similar energy savings project in other cities in China.
With regards to grid technology, EDF International Networks (EDF IN) has had a presence in Beijing since 2011. This Group's distribution subsidiary provides its expertise to support the management and performance of China’s electricity network.
In 2014, EDF IN signed several technical support contracts designed to improve the performance of the distribution network in the Chinese provinces.
In South–East Asia, EDF has active grid consultancy services in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal and Indonesia.
The Transmission Engineering and Expertise Centre (CIST) and Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), the French electricity transmission system operator, are among the EDF entities involved in consulting on grid in Asia.