CRIGEN is the ENGIE Group research and operational expertise center dedicated to gas, new energy sources and emerging technologies. The center and its 350 staff are located at Plaine Saint-Denis and Alfortville in the Paris Region.
CRIGEN: a research center focused on innovation in gas and new energy sources
The value added by CRIGEN lies in innovation and the transformation of ideas and scientific knowledge into proven industrial applications or commercial products and services that give the Group a distinctive edge in its markets. Its work covers three areas of Research & Development and specialist expertise:
- Products, services and energy systems, environmental footprint and environmental performance
- Eco-communities, the city of tomorrow and sustainable mobility
- Building energy systems
- Environmental evaluation – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
- Industrial energy efficiency
- Eco-design in industrial plants
- Power-to-gas – Renewable gases – New gases
- Operational performance, industrial safety and asset optimization
- Industrial risk control
- Steel and polyethylene supply networks
- Gas specifications and metering
- E&P and energy storage
- CO2 capture, transportation and storage
- Integration of new technologies, mobility resources and Big Data
- Digital technologies
- Smart technologies
Some of the future-focused innovations developed by CRIGEN
CRIGEN consolidates sales of its LNG software in China
These software packages – LNG MASTER®, Rollover Predictor® and LNG EXPERT® – model the thermodynamic behavior of LNG using recognized scientific approaches to address issues such as optimizing installation sizing, and improving the operational and safety management of facilities by including them directly in LNG terminal monitoring and control systems. The computational cores of these packages have been developed by CRIGEN, which also offers their users bespoke training and after-sales support.
The Smart Home showroom: a new addition to the smart technologies toolboxsmart
Officially opened on March 28, 2013, the Smart Home showroom presents Smart Energy solutions for the B2C market, showcasing the Group’s latest commercial packages and on-site demonstrators for home energy efficiency and comfort. It is structured around 3 key functions:
Non-Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring (NIALM) solutions
The purpose of these technologies is to identify electrical loads at various points in a single installation by using a single point of physical data measurement (of current and voltage) within a building.
Following the persuasive initial results achieved in 2012, the Energy Services business line provided CRIGEN with the funding required to conduct a study on a larger building. The building concerned is a recently constructed office building in Lyon that will be home to the Cylergie R&D Center from July 2013 onwards. The study will be conducted jointly by Cylergie and CRIGEN. It will test the reliability offered by two of the most advanced solutions currently marketed (by startup companies Smart Impulse and Qualistéo) on a large building in operation. The study results will be used by Cofely Services in its bid to manage the site energy and maintenance contracts.
A detectable, connected polyethylene gas pipeline
GrDF has launched an experimental project to test ELIOT® technology, with support from CRIGEN.
ELIOT® (Equipement de Localisation et d’Identification des Ouvrages en Terre – Underground Infrastructure Location and Identification Equipment) is a technology developed by CRIGEN in conjunction with RYB, the specialist producer of polyethylene pipeline systems. It ensures site safety, prevents any accidental rupture of pipelines, and simplifies the process of monitoring the maintenance of gas, water supply and other networks. It can be used in any type of soil and in all environments up to a depth of 1.5 m, and is accurate to 1 cm. This major innovation paves the way for the utilities networks of tomorrow.