Inspiring Progress

Inspire progress

EDF Pulse

Inspire progress

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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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Luminescent road

#Science & Energy

Starpath: the way to greener lighting

An ingenious spray uses solar power to light the way at night.
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A new  eco-neighbourhood in Bordeaux

#Smart Living

A new eco-neighbourhood in Bordeaux

A new eco-neighbourhood in Bordeaux will take 70 per cent of its heating and hot water from renewable energy sources.
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The solar-powered car invented by a student

#Science & Energy

The solar-powered car invented by a student

A Chinese student has designed a prototype car fitted with photovoltaic panels that can run at 70 km/h.
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SolarStratos plane

#Science & 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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An island fully self-sufficient

#Science & 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

#Smart Living

Airborne tramways

Urban cable cars are springing up around the world.
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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

#Science & Energy

The earthquake shield

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

#Science & Energy

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] helium

#Science & Energy

Flying wind turbine set to take to the skies

Altaeros Energies has announced it will launch the world's highest wind turbine, which flies on helium, in Alaska.
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Scanner

#Science & Energy

Using voice technology to diagnose Parkinson's

Could vocal intonations be used to detect the disease?
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Graphene: the “wonder material” of the future?

#Science & Energy

Graphene: the "wonder material" of the future?

Since its discovery 10 years ago, graphene has been the subject of a great deal of research – and a few fantasies, too.
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The US Navy running on seawater

#Science & Energy

The US Navy running on seawater

US Navy jets could soon be flown using a fuel made from seawater.
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Silkworms

#Smart Living

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

#Science & 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)

#Science & 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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[EN] ferme

#Smart Living

The fruit and vegetable market on the roof

Hydroponic farms are all the rage on the roofs of American supermarkets.
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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] tati

#Smart Living

Jacques Tati: the real inventor of home automation?

French filmmaker Jacques Tati's film My Uncle featured his vision of how technology would change our homes
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The bionic ankle

#Health

The bionic ankle helping a woman dance again

Thanks to this device, a young woman who had her left leg amputated in 2013 took her first dance steps again in 2014.
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The app shedding light on energy waste

#Science & Energy

The app shedding light on energy waste

In the future, any connected pedestrian will be able to report unnecessary lighting.
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Mount Nanga Parbat

#Science & Energy

Pakistani villagers club together to combat power shortages

Inhabitants of isolated rural areas are clubbing together to generate their own electricity.
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A city without cars

#Smart Living

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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Internet access in the desert

#Science & 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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Rain falling from a roof

#Science & Energy

Using rain for light in Mexico

Three Mexicans have invented a micro-damming system that generates electricity from rainwater.
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School bus

#Smart Living

US school buses go green

The first electric school buses have been launched in California.
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[EN] popup

#Smart Living

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] textile

Flashback

#Smart Living

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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#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.

#Smart Living

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 reports from the Le Monde festival debate

Le Monde Festival
The newspaper Le Monde organized its first festival, of which EDF is a partner.

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.