Speeding innovation for industry
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The aeronautics industry is under pressure to reduce its environmental footprint while continuing to meet the most stringent safety requirements. And safety standards are getting tougher, creating new certifications that aircraft builders and parts manufacturers must obtain to get their products approved.
CEA Tech is helping aeronautics- and space-industry companies rise to these challenges by developing real-time diagnostics technologies from embedded sensors to structural health monitoring systems, rounded out by extensive know-how in software security.
CEA Tech is also making advances for more energy-efficient on-board systems and more fuel-efficient combustion in aircraft engines. Specifically, CEA Tech’s materials R&D is helping make aircraft structures and assemblies lighter in weight.
Aeronautics-industry leaders like Safran and Airbus turn to CEA Tech for their R&D needs.
A battery abuse-testing platform recently set up in cooperation with Serma Technologies will put batteries to the test in extreme conditions in order to assess their behavior. The platform, housed in a dedicated building, recently completed its first tests on battery modules.
Solar photovoltaic cells made using perovskite material are naturally resistant to electronic radiation, making them a potentially-attractive alternative to the multi-junction cells used in space applications.
Researchers investigated whether or not additive manufacturing affects a material’s hydrogen resistance. They designed an experiment to test the theory on parts made from Inconel, a material used for certain parts in the Ariane 6 launcher’s engines.
For the first time ever, diesel fuel has been produced by refining the oil contained in biocrude made using hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae. The first-ever drops of diesel to be obtained in this way prove that this method for producing biofuel is technically feasible—a major step forward.
Reducing the thickness of the silicon wafers used to manufacture photovoltaic cells is one of the solutions researchers are investigating to lower production costs—but only if it doesn’t weaken the wafers.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.