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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.
Silicon electrodes are among the frontrunners in the race to replace the graphite electrodes currently used in Lithium batteries. Several imaging and spectroscopy techniques have provided a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that underpin silicon electrode degradation.
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, has developed a tool to predict concentrating solar power (CSP) plant production based on forecasts of direct solar irradiance.
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, and Safran recently developed a new low-mass, high-energy-density hybrid energy source that can operate within a wide temperature range. The R&D was commissioned by the French Directorate General for Armaments.
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, recently produced the first-ever cylindrical lithium-sulfur battery. The prototype’s performance indicates a bright future for the batteries!
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, recently developed two pieces of equipment to model hydride breathing, providing valuable insights that could help make hydrogen storage tanks more reliable.
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.