EDF - ELECTRICITE de FRANCE SA
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FREE AS A BIRD - It is happening. Wind energy is providing bucket loads of power that will be more useful with the kind of load leveling that battery and green hydrogen storage can provide, to make better use of all that captured natural muscle. Windmills and sails had been working for mankind for hundreds of years before the discovery of electricity. These graceful machines can be located in isolated areas where winds are strong and reliable. Making allowance for storms, doldrums, and power blackouts, by design.
The Électricité de France SA, or simply EDF, is a French state-owned power company that produces, markets, and distributes electricity from hydropower, solar power, wind, biomass, nuclear, marine energy, and geothermics.
It had a gross installed capacity of 140.4GW by the end of 2013, with a total power generation of 653.9TWh for 39.1 million customers during that year. EDF had $75.8 billion market capitalisation and $353.9 billion of assets as of May 2014, and recorded sales of $100.4 billion and a profit of $4.5 billion in 2013.
EDF’s revenue increased by 6.3% year-on-year to reach $77.8bn in 2018. The company’s power generation, supply, and regulated activities in France accounted for 61%, while the UK and Italian markets accounted for 13% and 12% of its revenue respectively.
This company started in April 1946 and went on to have 154,941 employees in 2014, with headquarters in Paris. It owns and operates 3 of the world’s top 10 nuclear power plants by capacity (that should be banned as ultimately dangerous to our oceans).
Its wholly-owned subsidiary EDF Energy is the biggest producer of low-carbon electricity in the UK.
But in 2022, they still have no solution to power cuts and blackouts, causing major disruption in the modern age of electricity - putting the lives of young, vulnerable and infirm at risk. Also raising the question of this company failing to meet Paris climate objectives aimed at Net Zero - where reliability is a key factor in reaching United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals. Especially SDG7 clean, affordable energy for all, and SDG17, partnerships, such as with automotive OEMs, where the supply of energy for transport is their responsibility, as much as motor manufacturers have a duty to provide zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) - meaning electrics, as a solution that has finally come of age. But where is the infrastructure to make this happen?
Power companies and automotive OEMs need to work together urgently, if they are going to stand any chance of catering for EVs by 2050. They have no chance at all at present levels of cooperation and forward planning - of meeting the targets set for 2030 by policy makers. They are far too comfortable, knowing they can give politicians the run around with manifold excuses from spin doctors - who are employed by climate deniers - to keep burning carcinogenic coal, diesel and petrol.
In the process, they are making their countries vulnerable to suppliers of energy who have grown wealthy enough from fossil fuel exports, to wage war in 2022.
EDF ON ELECTRIC CARS
How does the engine work?
Electric cars function by plugging into a charge point and taking
electricity from the grid. They store the electricity in rechargeable batteries that power an electric motor, which turns the wheels. Electric cars accelerate faster than vehicles with traditional fuel engines – so they feel lighter to drive.
You can charge an electric vehicle by plugging it into a public charging station or into a home charging unit. There's plenty of charging stations around the UK to stay fully charged while you're out and about. But to get the best deal for home charging, it's important to get the right electricity tariff, so you can spend less money charging and save more on your bill.
What’s their range like?
How far you can travel on a full charge depends on the vehicle. Each model has a different range, battery size and efficiency. The perfect electric car for you will be the one you can use for your normal journeys without having to stop and charge up halfway through.
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATIONS
claim that RD&I are at the heart of their company:
Our vision is: “Accelerating the transition to a sustainable, low carbon society through the development and testing of new technologies and business models.
By coupling the advances in science and engineering with the emergence of new digital innovations EDF Energy R&D UK is providing ground breaking solutions to policy makers, partners and customers in order to realise our vision."
According to Power-Technology.com, a website that provides market and customer insights in this sector, they listed these power companies (according to the 2018 Forbes calculation of net market capitalization, assets, sales and profit) as the biggest utilities:
National Energy Board (Canada)
National Grid plc (formerly Central Electricity Generating Board UK)
- French state-owned Électricité de France SA (EDF) provides power
generation, transmission, distribution, and energy supply and trading. It is
involved in every aspect of the electricity industry.16
Group companies operate
in many countries around the world and employ approximately 165,790 people
FROM SPACE EXPLORATION TO ZERO EMISSIONS - Developed to power satellites and spacecraft, the silicon solar panel is now a cost effective way of generating clean electricity. Ideal sites for the location of solar farms is land that cannot be used for farming, such as the deserts we have created.
ENERGY GENERATING-DISTRIBUTION UTILITIES ARCHIVE 2015
EUROPEAN AUTO MANUFACTURERS:
MAKES OF ELECTRIC TRUCKS
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