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Article | Energy storage
By effectively “disconnecting” supply from demand, energy storage will play a crucial role in tomorrow’s grids. CEA Tech is developing a variety of technologies—from battery-based and thermal storage to hydrogen systems—to respond to a range of needs, regulatory and budgetary requirements, and environmental concerns. Stationary storage is emerging as a crucial factor in driving the growth of intermittent renewable energy. One of the biggest challenges facing energy storage is finding a viable business model, one that will require lower costs and enable the delivery of additional services.
CEA Tech is also focusing on storage technologies for mobile applications like vehicle batteries and telephones. These technologies include micro fuel cells and micro-batteries.
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, presented its digital tools for dimensioning and managing energy storage solutions at the ANCRE press conference on February 7, 2018. Liten’s solutions facilitate the integration of renewable energy into island grids.
For the first time ever, scientists at Liten used XPS to observe changes in the chemical composition of lithium-ion batteries during operation. The purpose of the research was to gain a deeper understanding of battery degradation mechanisms.
A new software application capable of simulating how battery pack components’ electrical characteristics will evolve over several years has been developed by Liten, a CEA Tech institute. The software will be useful in accurately predicting battery pack performance over time.
Bolivia is home to a large proportion of the world’s lithium reserves. Bolivian state mining corporation YLB (Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos) has acquired the equipment and know-how required to establish a local lithium industry.
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, helped develop and/or manufacture three types of batteries to power a terrestrial robot for France’s Directorate General for Armaments.
How to collaborate with CEA Tech teams ?
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.