The EDF Group activity in the field of urban energy is focused on district heating & cooling, distributed energy, industrial utilities, building energy efficiency, public lighting and smart electricity distribution management.
Energy sources can be as diverse as heat recovery, biomass, household waste, solar, gas or geothermal resources. Focus is on the best available energy locally or a combination of local energies with the lowest impact on the environment.
EDF Group operates worldwide:
Heating & Cooling Networks
Activity extends from city energy planning to engineering, construction, financing and long-term operation & maintenance.
EDF China R&D Center provides support for sustainable city numerical model, renewable energy, smart grid as well as charging system for electrical vehicle, in order to bring technical support both to the Group and our Chinese partners.
In the city of Wuhan, EDF was contracted to achieve energy efficiency at Dongfeng Peugeot Citroën Automobile facility by upgrading over 70,000 lighting points with smart LED lighting back in 2014. EDF Wuhan is also the partner of the Caidian Sino-French Eco-city development for urban energy.
EDF operates several district energy projects through its subsidiaries in China such as the operation of the public Lighting (80,000 lighting points) for the City of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province.
Under a 30 year concession contract with the city of Sanmenxia (Henan province), EDF Datang Urban Heating Company develops and operates a district heating network. Heat recovered from two existing Datang power plants is transferred through 2x17 km backbone pipes to the distribution networks in several industrial and business districts. The network, commissioned in November 2016, is expected to heat 8 million m2 by 2020.
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 India, the Group is also involved in the development of smart grids. In September 2016, EDF was chosen to partner the state-run company WAPCOS in designing an infrastructure of 75 000 smart meters for the New Delhi municipality. Acting through its subsidiary Citelum, the Group also maintains and operates public lighting systems in the Indore and Ahmenabad municipalities.
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.
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