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....
World-leading microscopy capabilities
The nanocharacterization platform houses around 40 pieces of heavy research equipment operated by a staff of experienced researchers and technicians. The platform studies samples for CEA research programs and conducts research on characterization techniques and protocols to prepare appropriate responses to tomorrow’s characterization needs. The platform possesses certain equipment that exists at just a handful of other locations worldwide—this is the case for the platform’s Titan Ultimate transmission electron microscope, which offers resolutions of 50 picometers.
Researchers at the platform can characterize a material’s morphological, physico-chemical, and electrical properties, depending on partners’ needs, providing 2D and, increasingly, 3D images of the materials studied. These tests provide valuable insight into nanomaterials and nanocomponents.
80 researchers and technicians
Ion-beam and X-ray beam, surface analysis, near-field electron microscopy, optical characterization, magnetic resonance, and sample preparation
€30 million in investment
CEA research institutes Leti, Liten, and InacCooperation with large European instruments
3,000 sq. m
The platform also works with large research instruments ESRF and ILL, leveraging their synchrotron and neutron capabilities to obtain even higher resolution images.
The platform is used by scientific equipment manufacturers that wish to improve their products, as well as by other manufacturers from start-ups to corporations like IBM and STMicroelectronics.
Researchers at the platform can characterize a material’s morphological, physico-chemical, and electrical properties, depending on partners’ needs
R&D Nanocharacterization for micro- and nanotechnology, nanomaterials, materials for energy applications, and more
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.