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Engie inaugurates its new research centre dedicated to green gases

The Stains Research Centre employs 200 researchers of eleven different nationalities (photo: Engie)
The Stains Research Centre employs 200 researchers of eleven different nationalities (photo: Engie)
FRANCE. The French group Engie (€60.1bn turnover in 2019) inaugurated its new corporate research centre, Engie Lab Crigen, on Tuesday 22 September 2020. Established since January 2020 in Stains, in the Paris suburbs, on the Urban Valley Campus site, it is dedicated to green gases (hydrogen, biogas and liquefied gases), new uses of energy in cities and buildings, industry and emerging technologies (digital technology and artificial intelligence, drones and robots, nanotechnologies and sensors).

This transfer - it was initially located in Saint-Denis near the Stade de France and moved to make way for the future aquatic centre for the 2024 Olympics - provides Engie Lab Crigen with more suitable premises for carrying out its operational R&D projects and developing its industrial pilots. "In a world where industrial change is extremely rapid, Research & Development is essential to maintain our competitiveness. We are convinced that accelerating the transition to a carbon-neutral economy depends on an ambitious R&D policy. This investment in our new research centre provides our teams with the resources they need to invent the solutions of tomorrow," comment Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chairman of the Board of Engie, and Claire Waysand, Acting CEO.

The new Stains centre welcomes 200 researchers of 11 different nationalities, including 50 PhD holders and around 20 PhD students, all high-level specialists in green gases. It includes nine laboratories dedicated to testing: hydrogen, biogas, biological LNG, industrial ovens, semi-virtual bench, test bench for cooking and catering applications, laboratory for drones and robots, prototyping workshop. As well as a test hall with a gas library where the main gases used for testing are stored. Outside, a test area is reserved for testing demonstrators and prototypes. The complex also includes a seventeen-metre high experimental building that simulates the evacuation of combustion products in chimney flues.

In 2019, Engie invested €189m in R&D and had 400 patents in its portfolio.

Frédéric Dubessy

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

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