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French multinational energy company ENGIE has unveiled a new green gas and energy transition technology research center in Stains (Seine-Saint-Denis) in France.

The research center, CRIGEN Lab, is located on Urban Valley Campus site, winner of the first edition of “Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris”.

The lab is the most advanced project in the competition and won the 2020 MIPIM Award in the “Best future mega project” category.

CRIGEN Lab comprises 200 researchers representing 11 different nationalities.

Amongst the researchers, 50 have doctorate degrees and around 20 are undertaking PhDs as high-level specialists in green gases, new energy uses and technologies of the future.

The research work being conducted at the lab is structured around three main themes:

  • Low-carbon energies and in particular green gases (hydrogen, biogas, etc.)
  • Intelligent and efficient energy consumption in cities, buildings and industry 4.0
  • Emerging technologies essential for the energy transition (artificial intelligence, nanotechnologies, robots and drones, etc.). 

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Researchers at the lab are supported by European universities, manufacturers, start-ups, laboratories, etc.), and use testing facilities that are unique in Europe.

The launch of the center falls under efforts by ENGIE to become a leader in innovation.

The utility has:

  • Invested 189 million ($221.8 million) in research and development (R&D) of new technologies in 2019
  • 400 patents filed
  • 8 R&D centers in seven countries
  • 900 researchers

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, chairman of the Board and Claire Waysand, interim CEO jointly declared: “In a world in which industrial changes are extremely fast, R&D is essential to maintain our competitiveness. We are convinced that accelerating the transition to a carbon-neutral economy is based on an ambitious Research & Development policy. This investment in our new research center gives our teams the resources they need to invent the solutions of tomorrow.”