Implementing a Digital Reality framework

The Digital Innovation team of the EDF R&D UK centre is exploring new digital reality tools to support the challenges of power generation industry. From reality capture, to as-built Computer Aided Engineering and immersion or collaboration, the applications have many benefits. Accurate virtual scenes can for instance be used to better design maintenance operations and increase productivity and reliability of their implementation. Immersion in virtual reality improves skill training whereas mixed reality allows efficient co-working for engineers.

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Ensuring quality assurance in meter installations

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

The images help office-based quality assurance specialists to review the installation without arranging a second visit. It adds value by combining the installation and quality assurance to enable 100% installation audit rate and avoid post-install audits.

Changing energy consumption behaviour through gamification: EnerGaware

EDF Energy R&D UK not only delivers innovations for EDF Energy but we also deliver projects under external research programmes such as Innovate UK and Horizon 2020. EnerGaware is one of our current Horizon 2020 projects which seeks to promote behaviour change and energy efficiency through a concept known as “gamification.”

Learn more about this project, how it links to smart metering and how it will help over 100 homes in Plymouth to save energy.

Modelling of the Graphite Cores of Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors

The cores of Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs) operated by EDF Energy are constructed from thousands of graphite bricks. These have a vital role in reactor physics (providing moderation) and in mechanical behaviour (maintaining the geometry for shutdown, cooling and fuel movement). With time graphite bricks may crack, a phenomenon we are beginning to experience and which is a normal part of the aging process.

As part of a wider R&D programme, the Modelling & Simulation team at EDF Energy R&D UK is developing advanced computational models in Code-Aster to simulate brick cracking and to assess the core behaviour under normal operation, fault and seismic loading.

Assessing Integrated Electric Heating Systems in homes

The Smart Energy System team at EDF Energy R&D UK is conducting an exciting project on the assessment of smart electric heating systems in homes as part of the Smart Systems & Heat Programme and on behalf of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and the Energy System Catapult (ESC).

In collaboration with the French R&D department ENERBAT, the value of Heat Pumps and Hybrid Heat Pumps is assessed using the Dymola’s library BuildSysPro, which provides a detailed technical modelling of buildings and their energy systems.

Spotting trends in climate change

The Natural Hazards team at EDF Energy R&D UK is watching closely the trends and new research on how our climate is estimated to change in the close (2030) and far (2150) future. This feeds into the design choices for the Nuclear New Build and many other critical and strategic company decisions.

We have been attending crucial meetings within the UK Climate Projections 2018 (UKCP18), a non-governmental end user group, where industrial stakeholders and non-governmental organisations are steering scientific research into climate change.

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Preventing renewable energy from going to waste: Sim4Blocks

EDF’s Energy’s smart customers R&D team in the UK are working in collaboration on the Sim4Blocks project. Sim4Blocks is a European research project funded though the H2020 programme that is developing innovative energy management systems designed to make the most of renewable energy sources.

This simple animation explains how this innovative project will achieve this and the benefits it will bring to all

Leading innovations at Teesside Offshore Wind Farm

EDF Energy Renewables’ Teesside Offshore Wind Farm near Redcar is the first offshore windfarm where the development, engineering and construction have been entirely led by EDF Group companies. Its 27 turbines can produce 62MW of electricity, enough to supply all the homes in Redcar, Marske and Saltburn.

EDF Energy R&D UK is leveraging access to the Offshore Wind Farm at Teesside to trial new innovations in blade inspection, corrosion assessment, mapping of biofouling, maintenance data analytics and safety. These technologies will provide both a better operation and maintenance regime and lessons learnt that will help support overall cost reduction in the offshore wind sector.

Exploring SMART Cities

SMART Cities is an initiative which cuts across a number of sectors including Energy, Waste, Transport, Digital and Health. EDF Energy R&D UK is developing SMART Cities strategies, business models and projects in the UK in conjunction with a number of Local Authorities, academic and industrial partners and research organisations to identify and showcase routes to a sustainable, connected, low carbon future.

Our SMART Cities activities encompass decentralised integrated energy, energy storage, smart grids, electric and autonomous transport, Building Information Modelling (BIM), connected homes, new business models such as energy, comfort and mobility as a service and initiatives to tackle fuel poverty and poor standards of living. All underpinned by emerging connected devices, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) and our experience of delivering projects for international civic authorities such as Singapore.

Using Augmented Reality for public acceptability

EDF Energy R&D UK, with EDF Energy Renewables, have developed a new way of using Augmented Reality (AR) to help with public acceptability of big energy infrastructure projects. Combining engineering expertise with rapid digital delivery, EDF Energy R&D UK created a working app to test this new concept in the case of offshore wind farms.

The aim was to give local stakeholders a personalised view of proposed offshore wind farms, providing a visualisation of how the developments would appear from the user’s position on the shore. A world patent was subsequently granted for this project. EDF Energy R&D UK is currently exploring this modern technology concept further in any infrastructure project where public acceptability is important; offshore/ onshore wind, nuclear power stations, combined heat and power projects.

Developing Smart Metering Programmes

EDF Energy R&D UK is part of one of the largest infrastructure projects the UK energy system has ever undertaken by supporting the EDF Energy Smart Metering Programme in defining the technical requirements, and ensuring that the design of smart meters is fit for purpose. As a key part of our Connected Home activity it is important that this new technology performs to the highest standards and that customers benefit from accurate information.

EDF Energy R&D UK also leverages EDF Group's technical knowledge on Smart Metering, collaborating with EDF R&D France and the Linky Programme. Linked to Smart Metering, is the EnerGaware project under the external research programme Horizon 2020, which seeks to promote behaviour change and energy efficiency through a concept known as “gamification”.

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Our academic work

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