The Dalkia Research & Development area receives the support and competencies of the Veolia Environnement research centers and EDF laboratories. The Dalkia researchers and scholars seek, among other innovations, to assess and monitor the use of different energy sources, energy transformation methods and the respective environmental impacts.
The Dalkia combustion test platform consists of a boiler powered by solid fuel (wood) and two boilers fueled by liquid or gas fuels. The diversity allows researchers to compare and control the combustion and emission treatment systems for different fuels.
The research and development area in cogeneration includes primarily the types of installation operation and maintenance. The objective is to seek the best level of performance, by, for example, evaluating the air filtering system.
Recovery of Non-Renewable or Lost Energies
The Dalkia research area seeks to evaluate ways of reusing energy, such as non-used heat or energy products. Accordingly, the company tests thermodynamic cycles for non-renewable heat sources, among other initiatives.
One of the main Research & Development areas refers to the use of renewable energies. Biomass constitutes one of Dalkia's priority areas. Furthermore, it is considered one of the main solutions for the industrial sector to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
Studies conducted include not only the performance of the installations, but also the gasification and methanation of this biomass.
The renewable source research area also includes solar energy and its use in different developments.
For cold generation, Dalkia undertakes countless research projects, ranging from production improvement techniques to the feasibility of transportation and simulations.
The Dalkia research area also constantly assesses the use of new technologies. With the fuel cell, promising technology to save primary energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Dalkia conducts field experiments and evaluates the minimum environmental impact.
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With aims of reducing the environmental impact of the installations, the Dalkia Research & Development area also develops solutions in decontamination, whether using cold plasma technology, filtering systems or risk prevention.