Spotlight on 3 winners
INNOVATION PRIZE FOR INDUSTRIAL PERFORMANCE
Metroscope is like a stethoscope for industrial sites. The AI system was developed by R&D researchers. Metroscope can diagnose underperformance in an industrial facility in real-time.
“The project is currently being rolled out across the nuclear plant pool. It will be marketed to our external industrial clients,” explains Michel Vanhaesbrouck, manager of EDF Nouveaux Business
REGIONAL INNOVATION PRIZE
Smart ENR was specifically designed for the new eco-neighbourhood in Nanterre. It’s the first dual electric and thermal smart grid in France. The grid will supply heating, hot water, and air conditioning using at least 60% renewable energies.
The smart electric grid generates and stores electricity for later consumption through a cogenerator powered by rapeseed oil and photovoltaic energy. The smart thermal grid supplied by near-surface geothermal energy is connected to different buildings, pooling occupants’ needs and promoting heat exchange between buildings (offices, housing, shops etc.).
ILE DE SEIN, LAB OF THE FUTURE
INNOVATION PRIZE FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION
Ile de Sein is at risk from rising sea levels. Most of the electricity on the island comes from diesel engines. The island plans to reduce CO2 emissions, with energy independence envisaged by 2030 using 100% renewable energies.
The small size of the island and significant variations in demand will complicate the integration of renewable energies. The project will require the involvement of the town council and residents.
EDF is trialling an innovative mini grid on the island and has installed smart management in the electrical system, combining centralised storage with new algorithms. A custom utility load dispatcher was designed for remote management of generators and storage. This will help to maintain energy balance in the limited system.