Innovation Awards for Franco-Chinese Teams – R&D Prize Winner: EDF & IEE-CAS


R&D Award Winner
Joint R&D Project on Concentrated Solar Tower Power Plant (CSP) technologies between EDF and IEE-CAS

 R&D Awards

EDF and IEE-CAS have joined forces in the field of concentrated solar power (CSP)technologies. Regarding solar as high-potential source of renewable energy, IEE-CAS and EDF share a similar objective: the development of high performance, high-tech, safe, reliable and low cost CSP systems. They launched a joint R&D program on CSP in December 2011. The aim of this cooperation is to combine IEE-CAS and EDF expertise and competence to improve the performance of CSP plant and its reliability, allowing these technologies to become a competitive energy solution for future renewable power generation.
Within this Sino-French synergy, a series of innovated research topics on this concept are carried out with involvement of 15+ engineers from EDF and 20+ researchers from IEE-CAS:Development of numerical solutions for the plant: 1D dynamic numerical power plant dealing with the transient analysis and operational optimization of the plant; 3D modeling tackling the heat transfer and material fatigue issues, advanced control solution providing intelligent operation and ensuring the safety.
Access to 1MWe CSP demonstrator at Badaling in suburb of Beijing and carry out specific experiments focusing on transient scenarios; Extended test and application of novel advanced technology by taking advantage of the demonstrator.
The experience and results gained from the project can strongly contribute to other thermal solar industrial applications.

Technical solutions are easily to be replicated targeting the similar technologies, which could be applied to different phases of the commercial project development including design review, plant reception, operation optimization and possible renovation.
2015 is considered as the boom year of the CSP market in China with numerous demonstrators and commercial CSP power plants approved. Many Chinese project owners are intrigued by the novelties developed in this cooperation. Meanwhile,more industrial and scientific CSP actors in China and abroad are interested in participating in this bilateral cooperation, which is currently being considered by both parties.

EDF Group is a leading player in the European energy market, and the largest nuclear operator in the world. As an integrated electricity company with more than 60 years of power development experiences, EDF has comprehensive world-class industrial competitiveness in nuclear power, thermal power, hydropower and new energy power generation. Active and specialized in all aspects of power supply including electricity generation, transmission, distribution, sales, energy efficiency and energy trade, EDF can provide various integrated energy solutions in power project investment, engineering and management or grid transmission and distribution.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with roots in the Academia Sinica of the Republic of China, is the national academy for the natural sciences of the People’s Republic of China. Founded in 1955, it is an institution of the State Council of China,functioning as the national scientific thinktank and academic governing body, providing advisory and appraisal services on issues stemming from the national economy,social development, and science and technology progress. It is headquartered in Beijing, with branch institutes all over mainland China.



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