Research and Development and Innovation are at the heart of EDF Energy

EDF Energy Research and Development (R&D UK) is a centre of technical excellence whose main purpose is helping to build a brighter energy future for the UK.
Our vision is: “Accelerating the transition to a sustainable, low carbon society through the development and testing of new technologies and business models.”

EDF Energy R&D UK is currently advancing research in the fields of Low Carbon Generation (supporting existing nuclear, nuclear new build and renewables), Modelling and Simulation, Environment and Natural Hazards, Energy System Design, Smart Cities, Local Energy Systems, Energy Storage & Efficiency and Smart Digital Technology.

By coupling the advances in science and engineering with the emergence of new digital innovations EDF Energy R&D UK is providing ground breaking solutions to policy makers, partners and customers in order to realise our vision.

Alexa: The advanced voice-controlled personal energy assistant

We believe controlling smart devices and querying account information using voice will help place EDF Energy at the centre of the connected home.

What we do

Our latest projects

We're always working on new and innovative projects with our numerous partners: Google Glass, Sim4Blocks, EnerGware to name a few.

Who we are

At EDF Energy R&D UK, we have a single common focus: local delivery of global value. Through high-end expertise and services, we support all EDF Energy business units to successfully tackle short and mid-term challenges, while exploring future low carbon technologies and opportunities for the benefit of our business in the UK, EDF Group and the general public more broadly. 

- Xavier Mamo, Director of EDF Energy Research & Development.

We're based across four locations​:
- London
​- Manchester
​- Brighton
​- Gloucester

We're growing as a centre with:
​- 60 full time researchers 
 (30% women)
- 40 PhD students
- Over 15 different nationalities

We're made up of five different teams:
​- Nuclear
​- Renewables
​- Smart Customers
- Digital Innovation
​- Open Innovation

We have funding from:
​- EDF Energy Business Units
- EDF Group
- Corporate Activities
- Public Funding in the UK and Europe

Who we are working with

Highlights from PRE 2016

EDF Energy R&D UK has numerous Academic Institution partners including: Imperial College London, the University of Manchester, the University of Bristol, University College London and the University of Strathclyde.
In 2016, we held a Postgraduate Researcher Event (PRE 2016) in collaboration with these institutions.

PRE 2017 will be taking place the 25th to 27th of September!

With Industry partners ​such as, National Nuclear Laboratory, Hitachi, Met Office, Rolls-Royce, Energy Technologies Institute and Big Innovation Centre, we strive to create innovative and reliable partnerships that deliver value and facilitate collaboration.

We also work with our ​Innovation Accelerator, Blue Lab; harnessing the latest technologies, developing energy services and testing the new business models of tomorrow.

Blue Lab - EDF Energy

The BOSS Project

EDF Energy R&D UK collaborates with numerous Public Organisations. For example, the BOSS project is an Innovate UK technology innovation project led by us, in partnership with York City Council and two Small and Medium Enterprises Route Monkey and Connected Energy, a subsidiary of Future Transport Systems. The project explores a system that enables site-based optimisation of energy usage and exploitation of off-peak energy tariffs.

Pulse Awards

Pretty Curious

Inspiring a generation of girls to discover the future through STEM

Our academic work

Our researchers at R&D UK have had numerous different academic papers published.