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Micro Energy Sources Platform

The micro energy source platform brings together at a single location all of the resources necessary to design power supply systems for smart cards, sensors, laptop computers, and more. The 1,000 sq. m platform is home to around 30 pieces of equipment suitable for scaling up these technologies for industrial manufacturing.

Published on 24 January 2017

​Batteries And Fuel Cells 

The micro energy source platform brings together at a single location all of the resources necessary to design power supply systems for smart cards, sensors, laptop computers, and more. The 1,000 sq. m platform is home to around 30 pieces of equipment suitable for scaling up these technologies for industrial manufacturing.

The platform develops micro batteries and micro fuel cells, with a sharp focus on enhancing materials to improve performance. The platform leverages technologies like thin-layer deposition for batteries and investigates ways to improve fuel-cell catalyst and collector performance and lifespans. 

The advanced equipment available at the platform includes a five-PVD chamber unit capable of depositing a series of thin layers. The platform can develop processes through to industrial scale-up and works with two major partners, STMicroelectronics on micro batteries measuring around a hundred microns thick, and Intelli¬gent Energy on fuel-cell chargers for mobile electronic devices. 

KEY FIGURES:
  • 1,000 sq. m of clean rooms
  • €20 million in equipment
  • 50 engineers and technicians
  • 30 patents filed per year
R&D AREAS: 
Micro batteries (from a few μWh to 100 mWh) and micro fuel cells (from 5 W to 100 W)

NOTABLE EQUIPMENT:
Around 30 pieces of equipment, including PVD-CVD 
LOCATION:
Leti and Liten (Grenoble)