Liten is a major European research institute and a driving force behind the development of the sustainable energy technologies of the future. The institute is spearheading the EU’s efforts to limit dependency on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in three key areas: renewable energy, energy efficiency/storage and development of materials.
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Liten's research teams work across a vast portfolio of renewable energy technologies. Cutting-edge photovoltaic technologies are developed at INES, the French National centre for solar research and R&D with Hydrogen and Biomass activities being managed from the LITEN's main site in Grenoble, Rhone-Alpes.
“Radically improving energy efficiency will reduce the need for investment in energy infrastructure, cut fuel costs, increase competitiveness, lessen exposure to fuel price volatility, increase energy affordability for low-income households and cut local and global pollutants improving consumer welfare” Source OECD Energy report, 2014
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Advanced modelling software for managing intermittant energy supplies
Software solutions and energy storage management systems. Esims offering centers on an attractive marketing proposition that sees a reduction on the management cost of energy storage for batteries for photovoltaic power stations by 25-30% per kWh. The company is currently in incubation and is scheduled to spin-off from the Liten in 2015.
E-sims’ software help the managers of solar power stations to decide in real time how to best manage their power; whether to keep producing energy or store or sell it. All new photo-electric power stations include batteries so that production surplus can be stores and injected into the grid for the best price. However it costs more to store a kWh of photovoltaic power than to produce it.E-sims tools bring together high-performance modeling storage systems (lead, lithium, high-temperature etc) together with important financial modeling tools. Based on 15 years of R&D developed by the CEA, validated via French/European research programmes, E-sims’ software is suited for photovoltaic power stations from 36kW to 1MW. A decrease in management costs for stored energy of around 25-30% can be expected as a result of E-Sims product.
E-Sims intends to commercialise its products in two key ways: via the implementation of licence agreements or the sale of service offerings covering the installation of its analytical tools and ongoing analysis as well as the implementation of diagnostic reports relating to the performance of the power station.
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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.