Research and development

As a centre of technical excellence, EDF UK research and development is delivering research and innovation to help Britain achieve Net Zero.

Established in 2012, the EDF R&D UK centre provides support to all business lines and subsidiaries of EDF in the UK  in line with the EDF Group's Cap 2030 project. Wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Energy, the R&D Centre is also an integral part of the EDF Group R&D international network.   

Research, development and innovation are at the heart of EDF


Our vision is ”Driving research and innovation to go beyond Net Zero

Researchers of EDF R&D UK are driven by two missions: improving performance in all EDF UK current activities, and preparing for the energy future by exploring breakthrough technologies or business opportunities. As of today, our fully international team is engaged in R&D projects across all energy aspects including Nuclear, Climate Change, Off Shore Wind, Energy Systems, Flexibility & Storage, Zero Emissions Mobility, Low Carbon Hydrogen and Smart Digital Technologies.

 By coupling the advances in science and engineering with the emergence of new digital innovations and leveraging the UK ecosystem of Research and Innovation through strong and strategic partnerships, EDF R&D UK is delivering research and ground breaking innovations to our internal business units, policymakers, partners and customers in order to help Britain achieve Net Zero.

The latest R&D projects at EDF


R&D UK Centre wins exciting Hydrogen competition bid

We are proud to announce that the R&D UK Centre have successfully won a Zero Emission Road Transport competition bid thanks to support from Midlands Engine, the Energy Research Accelerator and Cenex.

The funding competition is run by Innovate UK on behalf of the Department of Transport and will invest up to £10 million into Hydrogen truck innovation projects across the UK.

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Meet the EDF R&D team in the UK


R&D UK Centre locations

Based across 4 locations

Events, Collaborations and publications


Celebrating early careers development in the R&D UK Centre!

Did you know that nearly a quarter of employees within the R&D UK Centre have come through the early careers pipelines and development schemes?

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Celebrating International Women's Day (IWD) 2022 - Meet Angeliki

As part of IWD 2022, we interviewed our Senior Research Engineer Angeliki Loukatou who is in the Smart Customers team.

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Our research publications

The Research staff in our teams Smart Customers, Renewables, Nuclear and Digital Innovation, have had numerous academic papers published on a variety of interesting technical topics.



2019, E. Borras Mora, J. Spelling, Adriaan H. van der Weijde, E. Pavageau, "The effects of mean wind speed uncertainty on project finance debt sizing for offshore wind farms", Journal of Applied Energy

2019, J. Paterson “Offshore wind installation vessels – A comparative assessment for UK offshore rounds 1 and 2” 

2017, F. D'Amico, R. Mogre, S. Clarke, A. Lindgreen, M. Hingley, "How purchasing and supply management practices affect key success factors: the case of the offshore-wind supply chain", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

2017, A. Pérez-Ortiz, A G.L Borthwich, J. McNaughton, H C.M Smith, Q. Xiao, "Resource characterization of sites in the vicinity of an island near a landmass, Renewable Energy", Renewable Energy

2016, R. Mogre, S. Talluri, F. D'Amico, "A decision Framework to Mitigate Supply Chain Risks: An Application in the Offshore-Wind Industry", IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

2013, I. Afgan, J. McNaughton, S. Rolfo, D.D. Apsley, T. Stallard, P. Stansby, "Turbulent flow and loading on a tidal stream turbine by LES and RANS", International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow

2013, J. McNaughton, I. Afgan, D.D. Apsley, S. Rolfo, T. Stallard, P.K Stansby, "A simple sliding-mesh interface procedure and its application to the CFD simulation of a tidal-stream turbine", International Journal for Numerical methods in fluids

2013, J. McNaughton, F. Billard, A. Revell, "Turbulence modelling of low Reynolds number flow effects around a vertical axis turbine at a range of tip-speed ratios", Journal of Fluids and Structures





2022, C. Katsamis, T. Craft, H. Iacovides, J. Uribe, "Use of 2D and 3D unsteady RANS in the computation of wall bounded buoyant flows"

2021, A.J. Awang Draup; B. Rodgers; P.B. Prangnell; Q.M. Li; M.J. Lunt, "Modelling of Friction Stir Welded AA2139 Aluminium Alloy Panels in Tension and Blast"

2021, B. Liu, S. He, C. Moulinec, J. Uribe, "Coupled porous media approaches in sub-channel CFD"

2021, B. Liu, S. He, C. Moulinec, J. Uribe, "A coupling approach between resolved and coarse-grid sub-channel CFD"

2021, M. J. Owens, M. Lockwood, L. A. Barnard, C. J. Scott, C. Haines & A. Macneil, "Extreme Space-Weather Events and the Solar Cycle"

2021, C. Haines, M.J. Owens, L. Barnard, M. Lockwood, A. Ruffenach, K. Boykin, R. McGranaghan, "Forecasting Occurrence and Intensity of Geomagnetic Activity with Pattern-Matching Approaches"

2021, A. Faulkner, C. E Bulgin and C. J Merchant, "Characterising industrial thermal plumes in coastal regions using 3-D numerical simulations" 

2021, B. Mcilwaine, M. Rivas Casado, "JellyNet: The convolutional neural network jellyfish bloom detector"

2020, J L. Blackall, H. Iacovides, J. C. Uribe, "Modeling of In-Line Tube Banks Inside Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor Boilers"


2020, I. Nistor, "Nuclear Digital Twins at EDF"

2020, A. Tilloy, B. Malamud, H.C. Winter, A. Joly-Laugel, "Evaluating the efficacy of bivariate extreme modelling approaches for multi-hazard scenarios" 

2020, B. Liu, S. He, C. Moulinec, J. Uribe, "A Numerical Study of Turbulent Upward Flow of Super Critical Water in a 2×2 Rod Bundle with Non-Uniform Heating"

2020, P. Nguyen, J. Uribe, I. Afgan, D. Laurence, "A Dual-Grid Hybrid RANS/LES Model for Under-Resolved Near-Wall Regions and its Application to Heated and Separating Flows" 

2019, B. Mcilwaine, M. Rivas Casado, P. Leinster, “Using 1st Derivative Reflectance Signatures within a Remote Sensing Framework to Identify Macroalgae in Marine Environments”, Remote Sensing

2019, A. Tilloy, B. Malamud, H.C. Winter, A. Joly-Laugel, “A review of quantification methodologies for multi-hazard interrelationships”, Earth-Science Reviews

2019, H.C. Winter, K. Brown, “How do we know how fast the wind may blow?”, Significance

2018, D. Cross, C. Onof, H.C. Winter, P. Bernardara, "Censored rainfall modelling of estimation of fine-scale extremes", Hydrol. Earth Systm. Sci, 22: 727-756

2018, P. Sharkey, H.C. Winter, “A Bayesian spatial hierarchical model for extreme precipitation in Great Britain”, Environmetrics

2017, T. Crump, G. Ferte, P. Mummery, A. Jivkov, P. Martinuzzi, V-X. Tran, "Dynamic fracture effects on remote stress amplification in AGR graphite bricks", Nuclear Engineering and Design

2017, T. Crump, G. Ferte, P. Mummery, A. Jivkov, V-X. Tran, "Dynamic fracture analysis by explicit solid dynamics and implicit crack propagation", International Journal of Solids and Structures

2017,P. Sharkey, J.A. Tawn, "A Poisson process reparameterisation for Bayesian inference for extremes", Extremes, 20(2):239-263

2017, H.C. Winter, "Making sense of multiple extreme weather events", Significance, 14: 6-7

2016, T. Crump, G. Ferte, A. Jivkov, P. Mummery, P. Martinuzzi, V-X. Tran, "3D Dynamic Crack Propagation within AGR Graphite Bricks"

2016, T. Crump, P. Mummery, A. Jivkov, V-X. Tran, "A meso-scale approach to modelling stable dynamic crack propagation in glass under rate-dependent loading", Procedia Structural Integrity

2016, H.C. Winter, S.J Brown, J.A. Tawn, ""Detecting changing behaviour of heatwaves with climate change", Dynamics and Statistics of the Climate System

2016, H.C. Winter, J. Tawn, S.J. Brown, "Modelling the effect of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation on extreme spatial temperature events over Australia", The Annals of Applied Statistics

2016, H.C. Winter, J.A Tawn, "kth-order Markov models for assessing heatwave risks", Extremes: Statistical Theory and Applications in Science, Engineering and Economics

2015, H.C. Winter, J.A. Tawn, "Modelling heatwaves in central France: a case study in extremal dependence", Journal of the Royal Statistical Society





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