The EDF Group is the world’s leading electricity company and it is particularly well established in Europe. Its business covers all electricity-based activities from generation to distribution and including energy transmission and trading activities. A marked increase in the use of renewables is bringing change to its power generation operations. In 2015, EDF Group’s CO2 emission fell below the 100g/kWh mark. The EDF group is present in 22 countries, where it supplies 37.6 million customers. More than 160,000 employees contribute to the activity (619TWh), generating consolidated sales of 75G€.
EDF Research and Development (EDF R&D) employs 2000 people (1/3 women) mainly located in the European Union including 1,200 scientists and 220 PhD students. A growing share of EDF R&D’s research activities is led through partnerships with industrials and academic entities worldwide. Regarding renewables, EDF R&D aims at identifying technological breakthroughs and turning the most promising ones into reality at industrial scale.
EDF Energy R&D UK Centre was formed in March 2012 to further strengthen the presence and mandate to deliver the growing R&D agenda in the UK. The Centre has over 60 skilled R&D professionals involved in delivering critical R&D projects to internal business units and external customers, covering wide range of technology areas such as energy services, Smart Metering, Electric Vehicle charging equipment, ICT systems, digital applications, network monitoring, power system stabilisation and low carbon electricity generation.