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MoThe rise of new economic powers in the South and Far East. Escalating urban density: Over the next twenty years - every single year - ten megacities will outstrip the threshold of seven million inhabitants. The world has massive, mounting energy needs, particularly in electricity. Over the next three decades, the world's electric fl eet capacity will double. Environmental protection regulations and the drive to curtail global warming make the objective very clear: We must accelerate innovation and implementation to master energy consumption and produce carbon-free electricity in fresh, new ways. The EDF Group stands at the center of these energy challenges and, through our R&D work, will do our part to meet them head-on. And EDF's new research
will be a dynamic catalyst to improved performance in the Group's industrial activities and the foundation of a solid future through medium-and long-range planning.
Our research is focused on three top priorities:
CONSOLIDATING A CARBON-FREE ENERGY MIX by:
- strengthening the Group's nuclear expertise, taking even bolder steps to improve the safety and performance of current installations, increasing plant lifespan, and building new reactors, while applying all that the world has learned from the Fukushima tragedy;
- developing the full spectrum of renewable energies - solar, wind, marine - and fi nding new power-storage solutions.
PLANNING THE ELECTRICITY OF TOMORROW with better network asset
management, optimized 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 A FLEXIBLE RANGE OF LOW-CARBON ENERGY 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.
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