A sector with major challenges
Reducing energy consumption is a significant environmental and financial challenge, and is a major driver of research, especially in this context where human activities have an increasingly negative impact on the environment, such as global warming.
There are several different types of energy:
Several avenues are being explored in this sector in order to reduce waste, improve energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. A great deal of research and development work is currently being conducted in energy production, construction, transportation and the marine and offshore sectors, etc.
Indeed, research topics are oriented towards increasing energy efficiency in the production of all types of energy, improving the insulation performance of building materials, nuclear dismantling, recycling motor vehicle parts, developing models to simulate energy consumption in buildings, producing energy from the forces or resources of the marine and offshore environments, developing batteries for electric vehicles, developing biofuels, etc.
The energy sector in France is comprised of approximately 3,000 companies. Among the largest, we have Total, EDF and GDF Suez and Areva who also have a world-wide presence and recognised expertise. In 2017, Public R&D expenditures on renewable energy amounted to €126 million, or 13% of the total public R&D expenditure on energy, concentrated mainly on solar (43%) and biomass (41%).
Our specialists, engineers and PhDs in the energy sector, can support you in your work to enhance the value of your R&D and innovation activities by providing their expertise in distinguishing between real research activities and traditional engineering activities, which are often difficult to distinguish.