Innovation and energy

We are applying new technologies and ways of working to help build a brighter energy future for the UK. Our programmes focus on coupling advances in science and engineering with new digital innovations.

EDF Energy Pulse Awards

Our goal is to showcase and provide tangible support to start-ups that are helping to shape that future. This year the theme is 'Energy in a digital world'. 

Research and Development UK

R&D UK is a centre of technical excellence whose main purpose is helping to build a brighter energy future for the UK. 

Blue Lab

Blue Lab is EDF Energy’s innovation accelerator. We take great ideas and shape them to become the customer technologies and services of the future.

Upcoming innovation events

Key dates for 2017/18

15 - 17 Jun 17

VivaTech Paris

A showcase for start-up finalists EDF Pulse Awards. 

EDF sponsored the Espace Discovery, specially dedicated to start-ups. June 15th marked the launch of the call for votes of the general public, a key to the future winner of the Public Prize EDF Pulse. 

Watch video: Pulse Awards: How EDF Energy is Supporting Innovation
19 Sep 17

EDF Energy Pulse Awards launch 2017

Applications for the EDF Energy Pulse Awards open. This year's categories are:

  • Blue Lab Innovation challenge

  • Predictive data analytics for cyber security

  • Diversity and engagement in the workplace

  • The Integrity of Things

  • Supporting engagement in nuclear safety

Watch video: Startup Weekend: Connected Home edition, London
20 - 22 Sep 17

Startup Weekend: warm up event

Startup weekend warm-up and birthday party event

Find out more here

Watch video: EDF Energy Pulse Awards 2016 (short)
W/C 4 Dec 17

Pitch day

Shortlisted applicants from the EDF Energy Pulse Awards get the chance to pitch their idea to a panel of industry experts and judges. 

Watch video: Blue Lab Connected Home and Business Challenge
8 Jan 18

Blue Lab's 10 week accelerator begins

Blue Lab accelerator programme begins

  • 10 weeks' free desk space at Blue Lab's South-Coast office
  • Expert mentoring and coaching
  • Real consumer insight
  • Scale up: develop business models and trials with our customers
26 Mar 18

Demo Day: EDF Energy Pulse Awards

Demo Day will see the finalists from Blue Lab's 10-week accelerator programme pitch for the £30k grand prize. 

Watch videos from our latest innovation events and activities

Watch video: Pulse Awards: How EDF Energy is Supporting Innovation

Pulse Awards

How EDF Energy is supporting innovation: our goal is to showcase and provide tangible support to start-ups that are helping to shape that future.

Watch video: Electric Days Paris: The Future of Life

Electric Days Paris

Discovering the latest innovations from EDF Group in smart homes, smart cities and low carbon generation.

Watch video: EDF Energy - Google Glass

Google Glass

At EDF Energy R&D UK, an app was developed for Google Glass, to provide smart meter installers with a hands-free and voice activated mechanism to capture images and videos of meter installations.

Latest news

Innovation blog

men using smart tools

Our research staff from R&D UK, have had numerous academic papers published on a variery of technical topics:

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