Skolkovo Foundation and EDF Group, the largest state owned energy company in France, have concluded a cooperation agreement. The document has been signed by Skolkovo Foundation Vice-President and Executive Director of Energy-Efficient Technologies Cluster Nikolay Grachev and EDF Vice-President for Central and Eastern Europe Pierre de Firmas. The signing ceremony was held amid a meeting of the Franco-Russian Economic, Financial, Industrial and Trade Council (CEFIC) in the presence of both the French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron and Russian Minister for Economic Development and Trade Alexey Ulyukaev.
Nicolay Grachev (Skolkovo) and Pierre de Firmas (EDF Group) sign the agrement at Franco-Russian Economic, Financial, Industrial and Trade Council meeting in Moscow
The signatories have identified the following key areas for their partnership:
¾ Energy efficiency at both industrial and urban sites;
¾ New methods for generating and consuming electricity, smart grids and smart cities, electricity storage and energy efficient electric transport.
This cooperation between the EDF Group ans the Skolkovo Foundation, a world-class innovation center, will help to promote new innovative and effective solutions. It contributes to EDF commitments to support sustainable development and reduce СО2 emissions globally, by speeding up the development of renewable energy sources and smart grids, developing competitive offerings in the field of distributed electricity generation, new personalized energy efficiency services...
Alexey Ulyukaev, Russian Minister for Economic Development during a meeting his French colleague the Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron noted:
«We believe in innovative development of Russian and French economies. In this regard Memorandum of understanding signed between EDF and Skolkovo Foundation in the realization of smart cities and energy efficient projects is especially important».
Nikolay Grachev, Skolkovo Foundation Vice-President and Executive Director of Energy-Efficient Technologies Cluster:
“We are pinning high hopes on working with EDF, which is one of the world’s leading energy companies. EDF also has proven practical experience of implementing energy efficiency projects in Russia. Today’s signing is an important step towards establishing a close and mutually rewarding partnership between our two organizations. This agreement will enable Skolkovo startups to offer their solutions to EDF Group. EDF’s experience and know-how will definitely be in high demand in our innovation eco-system.”
About EDF Group
EDF Group, one of the leading players in the ‘energy transition’, is an integrated energy company active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, as well as energy efficiency services. The Group is the global leader in low-СО2 emission electricity generation. It owns a variety of production facilities, mostly comprising nuclear and hydropower plants, renewable energy sources, and CHP plants. The EDF Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.8 million customers, of which 28.3 million live in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €72.9 billion in 2014, of which 45.2% was generated outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.
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About the Skolkovo Foundation
The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in September 2010 at the initiative of the Russian President. The Foundation’s objectives are to mobilize Russia’s resources in the field of modern applied research and to create a conducive environment for scientific innovations across five priority areas for technological development: energy and energy efficiency, space exploration, biomedicine, and nuclear and computer technologies. The project involves establishing the Skolkovo Institute of Technology (Skoltech), research institutes, business incubators, a technology transfer and commercialization center, offices of foreign companies and R&D centers, residential areas and community infrastructure, as well as repeating this formula in other designated Russian innovation regions. The activities of the Skolkovo Innovation Center are regulated by a special law which provides its residents with a number of financial privileges. The cumulative revenue of Skolkovo’s resident companies through December 2014 reached $1 billion. These companies have raised over $220 million in investment, created 13,500 jobs, and filed for over 1,300 patents. By 2020 over 2 million square meters of residential and office space will have been built in Skolkovo, with 35,000 people working there. Website: www.sk.ru