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Be part of our CommUNITY

CommUNITY (Community Urban Neighbourhoods Internal Trading of EnergY) is a trial testing a new, innovative local energy market where consumers can use, share or sell local generated electricity. The trial is being delivered by EDF Energy R&D UK Centre and Repowering London and it will take place at Elmore House in Brixton, London.The core of the project is an innovative platform utilising blockchain technology, which enables residents in urban areas to source their electricity from local renewables and trade it with their neighbours (i.e. peer-to-peer) increasing self-consumption and reducing overall energy costs.The trial will be carried out in three stages: awareness and recruitment, operation and completion. 

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R&D recognising the impact of climate change

The Natural Hazards and Environment team within the EDF Energy R&D UK Centre are working closely with international experts on climate change. Latest knowledge and science including the application of recent climate projections are being applied to support new build projects and ensure Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C are resilient to climate change. EDF Energy have also been helping EDF Group to build a new international adaptation plan strategy by understanding the physical and financial implication of climate change. Low carbon emission, sustainable investment and climate resilience are their priorities.

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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.

Project LEO launch

EDF Energy R&D UK is excited to announce the innovative and ground-breaking Local Energy Oxfordshire project (Leo) has officially been launched. LEO is a local demonstrator to test the local energy market across Oxfordshire, allowing more integration of local renewable energies to support the distribution network infrastructure, and develop innovative and flexible energy systems for heat, transport and electricity uses.

Through this project, EDF Energy aims at preparing the best future for our customers and be an active enabler of a low carbon and resilient local development in the UK.

Innovative electric vehicle project: V2GO

V2GO is an innovative electric vehicle project, funded by Innovate UK and led by R&D UK in a consortium involving Arrival,, EO Charging, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford University and Upside Energy.

V2GO is focusing on defining the benefit of vehicle-to-grid solutions that will allow the energy storage capacity of electric vehicle batteries to be used for demand side response services through charge and discharge to the grid. The project aims to highlight the benefits of EV adoption and value of vehicle-to-grid and smart charging capabilities for fleet operators. These services potentially creating new revenue streams and reducing fleet operating costs.

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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.

Learn even more about our work in smart cities in this blog.

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) 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

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.

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.

CROWN 2: Cost Reduction for Offshore Wind Now

CROWN 2 builds on a previously-funded project (CROWN) that aims to completely change the way offshore wind foundations are protected from corrosion. While a well-established and robust solution is to use a paint and galvanic anode approach, protection lifetime is limited by paint degradation and anode mass. Such systems are also expensive to manufacture, install and maintain.

The consortium will be investigating whether a single coating of aluminium, applied to the surface by arc-spraying, can replace paint and anodes entirely. If successful, such a coating (called Thermally Sprayed Aluminium, TSA) would lower the cost of wind energy, by removing bottlenecks in the manufacture of wind turbine foundations and eliminating a significant amount of secondary steelwork that has to be expensively welded by skilled professionals.

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.”

EnerGAware’s serious game, Energy Cat: The House of Tomorrow, is now available to play for free on iOS and ANDROID app stores! 

Learn even more about the project in this blog.

Efficient Living: Allowing customers to make positive change through data

There exists a wide range of products that allow customers to generate and collect their energy data, but while data is easy to create, it is much more difficult to do something useful with it. This is why EDF Energy in collaboration with Applied Works are developing the tools necessary to provide customers with the value and insights created by their data. With our knowledge and ability to process and interpret energy data, we want to enable customers to make informed and number-driven decisions.

If customers can understand exactly how they are consuming energy, they will be better prepared to make effective and lasting changes to their behaviour – reducing their energy consumption and thus their bill. With data-backed analysis, customers will know exactly how much savings each change can bring them. This means no more guesswork and much more savings!

JellyMonitor: Using seafloor-mounted sonar to detect jellyfish blooms

The ingress of marine matter at nuclear power plants leads to safety impacts, lost generation and economic costs. As an example, Torness power station was shut down for 11 days in 2011 due to severe jellyfish blooms. EDF Energy R&D UK are developing a multi-faceted early warning system for marine ingress across EDF Group's fleet of power stations.

The JellyMonitor project has been investigating the use of a state of the art seafloor-mounted sonar coupled to a real-time automated recognition system to detect jellyfish blooms. The project has been funded for 3 years by innovate UK and includes partners at UEA and CEFAS. A working prototype system has been successfully developed through this project; this will now undergo extensive sea trials at Torness during the 2018 jellyfish season.

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