Partner No 4: EDF

Partner No 4: EDF

EDF is a leading energy supplier in France ( Its research activities constitute a dynamic catalyst to improve the performances in the Group's industrial activities. They lay the foundation of a solid future through medium-and long-term planning, with the contribution of 2000 researchers spread over seven R&D centres.

The research activities focus on three top priorities:

  • Consolidating a carbon-free energy mix, by strengthening the Group's nuclear expertise, developing the full spectrum of renewable energies (solar, wind, marine) and finding new storage solutions.
  • Planning the electricity of tomorrow, with better network asset management, optimised models and economic scenarios for planned transport infrastructures, by adopting intermittent energy sources, and building smart grids for today's populations and the generations to come.
  • Developing flexible and efficient energy end use, by better understanding needs, promoting new end uses for electricity (heat pumps, electric mobility, etc.), establishing technical and economic models for sustainable buildings and cities, and encouraging energy efficiency.

The Eco-efficiency and Industrial Processes department (EPI) implements scientific and technical knowledge of energy efficiency in the industry, agriculture and transport fields. The department’s laboratories focus on developing technologies and validating simulation tools in subjects such as industrial and commercial refrigeration, very high temperature heat pumps, induction for electric vehicle chargers, and energy performance measuring systems to coordinate flexibility and demand-side management. The laboratories activities of EPI are backed up by methodological expertise in techno-economic domains to deal with energy prospective, life cycle analysis and environmental assessment, energy integration methodologies for the optimisation of heat recovery, detailed energy demand in industrial sectors, economic and environmental regulations and innovative technologies and ruptures.

Dr Solène LE BOURDIEC holds a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Centrale Paris. She is Research engineer in EDF R&D since 2008 and Project Manager for the development of energy efficiency tools for the industry and territories. She has an expertise in numerical simulation, energy efficiency, industrial processes modelling and heating networks modelling. She leads a project for Dalkia for the development of a platform to design and steer district heating networks. She supervises two PhD students to develop new methodologies for the optimisation of energy and mass consumption in eco-industrial parcs and optimised design of heating and cooling urban networks. She participates in other external research projects: the ANR project Plate-FormE3 (Optimise energy and environmental performance of industrial systems) and two projects of the Paris-Saclay Energy Efficiency Research and Education Institute.

Thuy-An NGUYEN holds two MSc from the Ecole Centrale Paris and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich with a major in Energy Science and Technology (2015). She is Research engineer in EDF R&D since 2015. She has expertise in thermal, thermodynamics, energy integration of industrial processes and district heating networks modelling. She is involved in the development of the Modelica library MixSysPro, which enables the techno-economic simulation of local multi-energy systems. She conducts various studies of energy integration of industrial processes and district heating network.

Vincent Briat holds a MSc in engineering from the Ecole Centrale Paris (2005), with a major in applied mathematics and optimisation. After working for EDF portfolio management and trading division, he joined EDF R&D in 2007 as work package leader on Natural gas markets fundamental analysis, where he participated in evaluation studies of strategic investments and long-term energy demand and prices forecast. He joined EIFER in 2012, to become project leader of the PREMIO project, the first operational smart grid project in France. Since 2011, he is project leader for the Operational support to local energy systems that focuses on developing the management of local flexibilities to improve the optimisation of the energy systems.

  • CERES platform: CERES is a software platform for the optimisation of industrial processes, industrial parks and energy networks. It capitalises research work on energy and exergy systems of EDF R&D and Mines ParisTech CES laboratory. It is developed under the project CERES-2 supported by the ANR (coordinated by EDF R&D).
  • ETEM platform: ETEM is a software platform for the simulation and optimisation of long-term development strategies for local multi-energy energy systems. It supports the relevant stakeholders in their decision-making process of urban sustainable developments.
  • Thibault F., Zoughaib A., Jumel S. An Exergy based LP algorithm for Heat Pump Integration in industrial processes, ECOS 2013, July 2013.
  • Thibault F., Zoughaib A., Jumel S. An Exergy based LP algorithm for Heat Pump Integration in industrial processes, International Journal of Thermodynamics, Vol. 17  (No. 3), pp. 137-143, 2014.
  • Thibault F., Zoughaib A., Pelloux-Prayer S. A MILP algorithm for utilities pre-design based on the pinch analysis and an exergy criteria. Computers & Chemical Engineering, Vol 75, 2014.
  • Zoughaib A., Feidt M., Pelloux-Prayer S., Thibault F., Le V.L. «Chemins Energétiques pour la Récupération d’Energies», Congrès Français de Thermique, France, June 2014.
  • S. Le Bourdiec, S. Pelloux-Prayer and A. Zoughaib, Energy recovery methodology in industrial processes, EPM 2015, September 2015.
  • Ghazouani S., Zoughaib A., Pelloux-Prayer S., Simultaneous linear programming for synthesizing heat-integrated resource allocation network considering non-isothermal mixing, Computers & Chemical Engineering, V 134, May 2015.
  • Ghazouani S., Zoughaib A., Pelloux-Prayer S., Coupled heat and resource allocation network design considering multi-contaminants, properties and non-isothermal mixing, ECOS 2015, June 2015.
  • ECLEER research program: The “European Center and Laboratories for Energy Efficiency Research” (ECLEER) was launched in June 2007 by EDF group, Ecole des Mines and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. ECLEER will devote its work on energy efficiency in buildings and industry and the development of efficient usage of electricity obtained by the means of production with low CO2 emissions. (2007-2015)
  • The CERES-2 project: "Energy Pathways for Energy Recovery in industrial systems" is a response to the need to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the industry, through the recovery and reclamation of lost heat. It aims to identify strategies for recovery and energy recovery of industrial processes, otherwise known as "energetic paths" (combination of technologies to transfer and convert energy from one source to a point consumption) and so promote the penetration of innovative technologies contributing to the efficient use of energy. (2011-2014).