EDF (ELECTRICITY DE FRANCE)
RESPONSIBLE FOR INNOVATION AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT AT ENERBAT DEPT., EDF R&D.
ENGINEER AND TEACHER IN DESIGN.
Since 2011, Guillaume Foissac has been in charge of the I2R project (Incubator for Disruptive Innovations) for the EDF R&D ENERBAT Department. The aim of I2R is to develop highly innovative solutions dealing with renewable energies and energy management applicable to different fields, within a 5 to10 year timeframe. I2R explores new ways of working across design and engineering disciplines both within and outside the EDF R&D department. In early 2013 I2R will move to a state of the art dedicated space with new tools for computing fluid dynamics simulation, rapid prototyping and lab testing, where the capacity for intensive evaluation and experimentation will be increased. The aim of this new lab is to accelerate the demonstration of innovative solutions that emerge from the combinations of different engineering fields and that can be facilitated by new generation tools. Since joining the EDF R&D department in 2006, Guillaume has been responsible for launching and developing technological innovation in Design at EDF R&D ENERBAT (Energy in Buildings and Territories Department). With consistent collaborations with engineers specialising in renewable energies, he participated in the development of several innovative industrial products and is responsible for 8 patents for Heat Pumps and Solar Heating Systems. In parallel with his responsibilities at EDF R&D, Guillaume also lectures at ENSCI (National College for Industrial Design), working with students on collaborations with a range of industrial partners, looking for highly innovative solutions for industrial design. He strongly believes that innovation can only emerge from a dynamic iterative relationship across engineering and design disciplines. As an industrial designer, his whole work is only made possible by the everyday and long-term relation with other EDF R&D engineers. Guillaume obtained a diploma in both interior architecture (Ecole Boulle, Paris) and industrial design (ENSCI, Paris).