Innovation is the driving force behind EDF’s activities.
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.
EDF is working in Singapore to boost power generation research in Asia
EDF’s Singapore Centre of Excellence is at the cutting edge of sustainable city development in Asia.
Since 2014, EDF’s Asian Sustainable Cities Centre of Excellence – the "EDF Lab" – in Singapore has been devoted to energy research in urban planning across Asia. It collaborates with local authorities in Singapore, as well as those in other cities in the region.
As part of an agreement with the Housing Development Board of Singapore, EDF has developed an innovative 3D urban modeling tool to simulate different urban scenarios to help maximise energy research outcomes in Singapore.