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SectionR&D SECTION - Engineering and Production working together for the nuclear energy of tomorrow
This R&D Inside section highlights the vision shared by all of the EDF Group, in partnership with the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), Framatome, and Orano. That vision pushes R&D, Engineering, and Production to work together to innovate in many areas
Every year, SFEN (French Nuclear Energy Society) gives out awards to recognise projects, studies, and contributions in the field of nuclear energy. This year, EDF R&D won three awards, including the SFEN Grand Prix.
R&D, Engineering and Production working together for the nuclear energy of tomorrow
Nuclear energy has a bright future! An even safer, more competitive future. This vision shared by all of the EDF Group, in partnership with the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), Framatome, and Orano, pushes R&D, Engineering, and Production to work together to innovate in many areas.
How can a decentralised power systems approach overcome the energy challenges of tomorrow? One answer is microgrids, which EDF R&D has been working on since 2014 to prepare for the future of this field.
For over 30 years, heat pumps have constantly improved in terms of their performance and reliability. A Coefficient of Performance (COP), which is the ratio between 'thermal energy supplied and electricity consumed', is used to define the heat pump's performance. Today, the best heat pumps have a COP of 5. These heat pumps provide five times more energy than they consume.
The amount of energy consumed by French industry stands at around 450TWh/year, including 300TWh for the production of heat. Research carried out by EDF's R&D division shows that industrial heat pumps could reduce industrial heat waste. This waste, whose heat is recovered by heat pumps, would then meet around 36TWh of the heat requirements of the industrial process.
For some time now, many countries that design reactors have been considering the development of plants with a power range of less than 200 MWe. “Technology Uncovered” explains these reactors that enable more compact and modular designs and which are known as SMRs (Small Modular Reactors).
The emergence of renewable energy sources, as well as new uses of electricity (heat pumps, electric vehicles), the management of consumption peaks and the desire to constantly improve service quality have led to the development of new smart systems, particularly within distribution networks.
Unlike photovoltaic systems, which can lose 80% of their power in a matter of seconds during periods of cloud cover, thermodynamic solar plants have a thermal inertia that curbs intermittent production. They have a possible thermal storage capacity of several hours and, as a result, can be used when no solar energy is available.