Inspiring Progress

Inspire progress

EDF Pulse

Inspire progress

Welcome

By definition, progress is about moving forward and getting ahead. But will our future be synonymous with improvement? EDF Pulse would like to take you on a journey of discovery, exploring progress in all its forms. Welcome to the world of tomorrow!

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School bus

#Mobility

US school buses go green

The first electric school buses have been launched in California.
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SolarStratos plane

#Energy

Photovoltaic plane aims for the stars

Raphaël Domjan's latest crazy challenge is to reach the stratosphere using only solar power for fuel.
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Silkworms

#Home

The structure built to order by silkworms

Researchers have succeeded in making silkworms build a cocoon according to pre-conceived plans.
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Photovoltaic panels on rooftop

#Energy

Get your fill up on sun at the service station

In Burgundy, a service station fitted with solar panels is charging up electric cars.
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Installation of a tidal turbine in Brittany (France)

#Energy

Canada is keen to exploit its sea power

Canada is to install tidal turbines to harness the power of the waves off Nova Scotia.
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Internet access in the desert

#Energy

The brick that provides Internet access in the desert

BRCK is a portable block that gives you Internet access anywhere on earth.
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[EN] vih

#Health

A “serious game” about AIDS

This playful platform makes young people more aware of the AIDS virus.
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[EN] sismique

#Sciences

The earthquake shield

Researchers at the Institut Fresnel are working on an anti-earthquake invisibility cloak.
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[EN] robonaut

#Health

A robotic space doctor

Nasa is currently developing “Robonaut”, a humaoïd robot in order to provide astronauts with medical care.
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[EN] popup

#Home

The house you can build in four days

Architects from Marseilles have created a prototype for a cheap passive house that can be built in just four days.
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[EN] ferme

#Environment

The fruit and vegetable market on the roof

Hydroponic farms are all the rage on the roofs of American supermarkets.
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An island fully self-sufficient

#Energy

El Hierro: an island in the wind

The world's first completely self-sufficient, positive energy island thanks to renewables.
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Aerial urban tramways in Rio de Janeiro

#Mobility

Airborne tramways

Urban cable cars are springing up around the world.
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Rain falling from a roof

#Energy

Using rain for light in Mexico

Three Mexicans have invented a micro-damming system that generates electricity from rainwater.
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[EN] ensemble

#News

If we put our heads together, the possibilities are endless!

All over the world, urbanites are getting involved in initiatives to improve their quality of life.
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[EN] exofoot

#Health

Exoskeleton to kick off the World Cup

A teenager wearing an exoskeleton will give the ceremonial kick-off at the World Cup.
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[EN] tente

#Home

The high-tech tent to house refugees

Designer Abeer Seikaly has designed a new kind of tent to house refugees, equipped with all the necessary commodities.
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[EN] velo

#Mobility

The bike-ambulances improving access to African hospitals

CA Bikes distributes bikes, wheelchairs and bike-ambulances to the poorest people in East Africa for free.
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[EN] phylo

#Health

Phylo: a video game in which you can manipulate DNA

Phylo is a Canadian online game in which players can help scientists recognize DNA sequences.
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[EN] bio

#Environment

How borrowing from nature can lead to innovation

Biomimetics finds solutions to technical problems in nature.
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A city without cars

#Mobility

Imagine a city without cars ...

Will soft modes of transport overtake cars in our cities to the point of driving them out altogether?
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[EN] textile

Flashback

#News

A brief history of intelligent clothing

Thanks to intelligent fabrics, clothes can now also have a slimming effect or measure the wearer's heartbeat.
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[EN] progres

#Culture

The best quotes about progress

How do you define progress? Here are some wise words from famous figures to inspire you.
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[EN] techno

Controversy

#Techno

Is technological progress killing pleasure?

It free us from constraints, but is progress at risk of sucking the pleasure out of our lives?
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[EN] 500

#Health

Could we really live to 500?

Researchers have multiplied the lifespan of a tiny worm by five, opening up tremendous prospects for humans.
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glasses

Flashback

#Health

A BRIEF HISTORY OF GLASSES

From monocles and spectacles to Google Glass, here's a brief history of the funny devices that help us see more clearly.
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Weather Report

#Energy

How wind forecasting can predict wind turbine output

New innovations will enable us to forecast levels of electricity generation.
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[EN] champs

#Home

Are you an urbanite or a country bumpkin?

Some people love cities and hate the countryside, and for others it’s the complete opposite.
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[EN] medecine douce

Controversy

#Health

Should we trust alternative medicine?

Increasing numbers of people are turning to alternative medicine. Are they making the right choice?
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fermer

Home, mobility, health, science, access to electricity. All over the world EDF highlights and rewards innovative projects.

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#Health

WANDERCRAFT : WALKING AGAIN WITHOUT CRUTCHES

WANDERCRAFT  : WALKING AGAIN WITHOUT CRUTCHES
This revolutionary exoskeleton helps people with neuromuscular disorders to walk without crutches.

#Mobility

STIGO: THE FOLDING ELECTRIC SCOOTER

STIGO: THE FOLDING ELECTRIC SCOOTER
This versatile electric scooter stands out thanks to its light weight and manoeuvrability.

#Home

ECHY - HYBRID LIGHTING SYSTEM

ECHY - HYBRID LIGHTING SYSTEM
These optical sensors installed on roofs concentrate natural light and transfer it indoors using fibre optics.

#Access to electricity

PRODUCING ELECTRICITY WITH BIOMASS IN INDIAN VILLAGES

PRODUCING ELECTRICITY WITH BIOMASS IN INDIAN VILLAGES
A two-step gasifier offers a solution to villages in India where power cuts cause problems.

EDF Pulse Awards: smiles all round

[EN] sourire
The EDF Pulse awards were handed out to the project leaders on 30 April 2014.

The EDF Pulse symposium on innovation: “In 15 years it will be extraordinary”

[EN] 15ans
Two round tables were held to explore the need for new inventions.

[EN] Les lauréats en vidéo !

[EN] video
[EN] A l'occasion de la remise des prix, nous avons interrogé les porteurs des projets lauréats.

The EDF Pulse symposium: Being bold and encouraging collective intelligence

[EN] colloque
On 30 April 2014, EDF brought together its innovation community for a symposium all about progress.

The EDF Pulse Smart Living awards: and the winners are …

winners
The finalists in the EDF Pulse Electricity and Smart Living awards have been chosen !