EDF is committed to energy and electricity research in Asia, using China and Singapore as its main bases for R&D.
Beijing’s R&D centre opened in 2011 to provide a platform for electricity generation, transport & distribution grids and local low carbon systems. The Chinese projects are focused on nuclear as well as clean and highly efficient thermal power generation, smart networks, urban energy planning and sustainable cities projects, energy efficiency and energy storage, concentrated solar power and integration of renewable energy in electric systems.
EDF and the Chinese Academy of Sciences are collaborating on a pilot concentrated solar power plant project at Badaling, near Beijing (capacity: 1 MW). First demonstrator facility on this scale in Asia, the project aims to optimise power generation using reflecting mirrors and thermal energy storage capacity.