EDF Research & Development & OSIRIS

EDF Research & Development

In a context of growing internationalization, the EDF Research and Development Division aims to play a key role in European and world energy research. The broad base of highly developed flexible scientific and technical skills are a vital asset in EDF’s goal of maintaining a keen advantage over its competitors in its various activities: engineering and energy generation, sales and marketing, renewable energies, energy management and grids.

OSIRIS Department

  • Our missions

The Optimization, Simulation, Risks and Statistics for the energy markets department (OSIRIS) has the following objectives:
• to develop software programs to forecast energy requirements and optimize the EDF Group’s intra-day electrical generation with predictions up to 30 years into the future. Every year, our energy  management tools generate savings of roughly 35 millions euros
• to help to anticipate breakthroughs in the world of energy and quantify the resulting opportunities in the electrical system and the energy management activities
• to make our recognized expertise in applied mathematics (optimization, statistics, finance) and scientific computing available to the Group
• to publish our results and promote their scientific quality

  • Our main activities

We create value by providing the operational units with analysis tools to:
• deal with the risks from power and consumption price uncertainties
• forecast power consumption (electrical, gas)
• analyze the supply/demand balance at different horizons
• manage production methods, such as nuclear, hydraulic, fuel-fired and wind
• optimize gas supplies

We shed light on the future by evaluating the impact of changes in the energy world using models and quantitative studies to:
• estimate energy volumes and prices (coal, electricity, gas, uranium etc.)
• assess impacts and opportunities in the boom of intermittent electrical generation
• promote business models for technological solutions or innovative management methods like demand management, diffuse storage, smart grids, etc.
• analyze the technical and economic feasibility of implementing scenarios representing different possible future electrical mixes




The Conference on Optimization and Practices in Industry (COPI)


is devoted to applied optimization techniques used in a wide range of industrial problems (energy, banking, transportation and network management). The purpose is to bring together Academics and Industrials to share different experiences and discuss future trends related to this area. It was organized for the first time in 2005 and is held every 3 years.

This year edition will be a joint event with PGMO conference. The Gaspard Monge Program for Optimization and operations research (PGMO), launched by EDF and the Jacques Hadamard Mathematical Foundation (FMJH), is a  new type of corporate patronage whose aim is is to foster, liven up a mathematical community of researchers coming from academia and industry, working in the field of optimization and operation research from academic themes to industrial issues.

PGMO-COPI’14 will be held in October 28th – 31st 2014 in Paris.

To receive news about PGMO-COPI’14 (program, speakers, papers submission, registration, …),
More information are available soon on PGMO-COPI’14 website at the following
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