EDF's Research and Development department has a staff of more than 2000 people, mainly located in five new energy research centers in Europe.
The EDF North America research and development team is located in Silicon Valley, where it partners with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and works in real time with leading companies and universities that are seeking increased innovation in energy industries.
The EDF R&D team in the U.S is also responsible for collaborating with U.S new energy research organizations such as universities, national laboratories, and industry leaders. These institutions are selected for their new energy expertise or advanced research facilities.
Today, EDF collaborates with MIT, Texas A&M, and IBM, among others. Its current areas of innovation in energy are: new nuclear reactors, smart grids, energy efficiency, and repair of concrete structures.
The Innovation team
The EDF Innovation Team in North America complements two other EDF Innovation Teams in Asia and Europe.
This Team is dedicated to providing the EDF group with new energy technologies, products and business opportunities that are developed in the entrepreneurial business environment. Working hand-in-hand with EDF business units worldwide accelerates the adoption of new energy innovations, providing opportunities for new energy demonstration projects as well as access to new markets for more mature products.
The team can already account for several success stories of innovation in energy in a large variety of application fields - wind energy & solar power, energy efficiency, or smartgrid applications.
EDF is proud to work with the MIT Energy Initiative to help build the next generation of leaders that will help us achieve innovation in energy and a clean energy future. MIT Energy Initiative was established in September 2006 as an Institute-wide initiative designed to help transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future and to help build a bridge to that future by improving today's energy systems.
EDF joined with the MIT Energy Initiative with the goal of enhancing and expanding the knowledge needed to accelerate innovation in energy: solutions for sustainable, clean, new energy technologies. As part of this strong partnership, EDF and the MIT Energy Initiative share the latest in technological and operational expertise, through the sponsorship of an MIT Energy Initiative fellow, specific new energy scientific projects, and participation in regular conferences, technical forums and educational exchanges.