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.
Our platforms, sophisticated tools for industry & the scientific/technical infrastructure/expertise to overcome technological hurdles
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
From nanosecurity, nanocharacterisation,and anti-counterfeiting technology to the development of advanced materials and point of sale: a comprehensive offering.
Transverse activities help add value to our technology portfolio. An optimised modeling and characterisation model, for example, can help reduce time to market. Browse this section to find out more....
Batteries and fuel cells
The micro-energy-source platform brings together R&D for the full range of independent power solutions for smart cards, sensors, laptop computers, and other mobile devices.The micro-energy-source platform brings together R&D for the full range of independent power solutions for smart cards, sensors, laptop computers, and other mobile devices.
The platform occupies 1,000 sq. m of clean rooms and boasts around 30 pieces of pre-industrial equipment used to develop micro-batteries and micro-fuel-cells. R&D at the platform focuses heavily on optimizing materials using techniques like thin-layer deposition for batteries, methods to enhance the performance and durability of fuelcell catalyst and collector materials.
50 engineers and technicians
Around 30 pieces of equipment, including PVD and CVD capabilities
€20 million in investment
Multiple partners including STMicroelectronics and Intelligent Energy
1,000 sq. m of clean rooms
30 patent applications P.A
The platform possesses advanced equipment — a flash sintering furnace to make ultra-pure materials and a cluster of five PVD chambers for finelayer deposition — and can develop processes up to the pre-industrial phase.The platform’s main industrial partners are STMicroelectronics for micro-batteries just a hundred microns thick and Intelligent Energy for fuel-cell chargers for mobile electronics.
The micro-energy-source platform brings together R&D for the full range of independent power solutions for smart cards, sensors, laptop computers, and other mobile devices.
R&D Micro-batteries, micro-fuel-cells, and energy-recovery systems
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.