Research and development

As a centre of technical excellence, EDF research and development is helping Britain achieve net zero.

Research, development and innovation are at the heart of EDF


Our vision is: “Accelerating the transition to a sustainable, low carbon society through the development and testing of new technologies and business models.”

EDF R&D UK is 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 R&D UK is providing groundbreaking solutions to policymakers, partners and customers in order to realise our vision.

The latest R&D projects at EDF


Smart meter

Exciting new approach to measuring energy efficiencies of homes

Space heating represents the majority (60%) of the total domestic energy consumption in the UK, most of which is supplied by fossil fuels. Improving the thermal efficiency of houses is therefore crucial to reducing both energy bills and carbon emissions. The current best practice to measure the energy performance is a co-heating test which is obtrusive and costly, and requires the home to be unoccupied for around two weeks. The R&D UK Centre has been working with the University of Oxford; to design a completely non-intrusive measurement alternative approach that is based on the ‘Deconstruct’ model. 

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Meet the EDF R&D team in the UK


R&D UK Centre locations

Based across 4 locations

Collaborations, academic partners and research


The BOSS Project

EDF 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.

EDF 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. Each year we hold a Postgraduate Researcher Event (PRE) in collaboration with these institutions.

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.

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.


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. 

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

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

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, 2013.

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, 2016.

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

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, 2017.



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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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, "Modelling heatwaves in central France: a case study in extremal dependence", Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, 2015.

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

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


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