The EDF Group is a global leader in the energy market, active in all areas of electricity from generation to trading and network management. It is also active in the natural gas sector. Leader in the French and British electricity markets, firmly established in many European countries, industrial operator in Asia, EDF is a worldwide reference as a utility with great expertise in R&D, engineering, power plant operation, network management and energy trading. In 2011, EDF produced 630 TWh of electricity with a turnover of 65 billion €. EDF has 37 million customers and 160,000 employees worldwide.
95% of the electricity generated by EDF is carbon-free.
EDF’s integrated Research and Development Division (EDF R&D) employs 2000 people including 1200 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 R&D is already involved in Concentrated Solar Power, notably with the PEGASE project.
In the Competitive Solar Power Towers project, EDF is responsible for:
- Simulation of overall DSCC concept
- Techno-economic analysis and market potential