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Article | Renewable energies
Free and virtually unlimited in supply, renewable energy is emerging as a crucial solution to the problem of dwindling natural resources.
CEA Tech is developing converters to transform these flux energy sources into usable energy in the form of electricity or heat. These converters, intended mainly for silicon-based PV solar technologies, will help reduce manufacturing costs while improving cell and system energy yields.
CEA Tech is also developing energy storage systems like batteries and fuel cells to smooth out intermittent renewable energy production.
Together, these advances will contribute to bringing PV energy costs in line with the costs of energy from the grid and improving the management of energy from this renewable source.
Industrial equipment manufacturer Leroux et Lotz Technologies turned to Liten, a CEA Tech institute, to design and build a complete sample collection and analysis system for gasification reactors. The system was installed on Leroux et Lotz’ test reactor in Nantes, France.
A power-component test bench with photovoltaic-type aging capabilities was developed under the Memphis project.
Researchers at Liten, a CEA Tech institute, set out to determine whether or not micro cogeneration affects fuel-cell aging. The first long-duration tests conducted under the Propice project provided some answers.
The REACSOL solar reactor developed by Liten, a CEA Tech institute, was successfully used for high-temperature biomass gasification in tests carried out in conjunction with lab CNRS-PROMES. The results of the tests—gasification of wood-based biomass continuously fed into the reactor with concentrated solar energy as the heat source—were encouraging.
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, recently joined forces with France’s energy agency ADEME to assess the benefits combining electricity storage and renewable energy production could bring to micro-grids connected to the main grid on the island of Corsica.
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.