Visit of EDF Lab Paris-Saclay
Maintaining close and constant links with the structures at the forefront of innovation on the Plateau de Saclay is one of C2N's ambitions. Thanks to the Communication Department of the EDF Lab site (Gwenaelle Laigle and Claire Buisson) and David Gonzalez Andrade, C2N post-doctoral fellow (Marie Curie Fellowship), twenty of our doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows were able to live a unique experience outside the lab.
"On Friday, October 21, about twenty C2N PhD students and post-doctoral researchers had the opportunity to visit EDF Lab Paris-Saclay, near the laboratory. This event organized by C2N, at the initiative of David Gonzalez-Andrade (post-doc MINAPHOT, Photonics), allowed us to meet two hosts and to be introduced to the facility and its activities in French and English.
The design of the research center is remarkable, with a significant reduction in electrical consumption, making the most of its environment and the heat lost by the machines on site. Eco-design was obviously a major issue for the company.
We first had the chance to discover two demonstration rooms on virtual and augmented reality in nuclear power plants, created with the aim of increasing the efficiency of preventive maintenance operations. Some of us were able to walk through a nuclear reactor, and experience the means available to help maintenance employees prepare their procedures.
We then enjoyed the showroom, presenting the company's wide range of research. Many of the models focused on research topics related to electricity generation, whether wind, photovoltaic or nuclear. Others dealt with electricity storage, via batteries or hydrogen, while the rest of the room introduced the use of artificial intelligence in the design of the city and factory of tomorrow."
Amaury Chevillard, 2nd year PhD student, Materials Department, ELPHYSE team