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....
The raw materials of the technological value chain. Inks/powders destined for batteries, magnets for the electric motors of the future, high grade silicon destined for solar panels these are just a few of the many examples of innovative materials that have been developed by Liten as part of R&D into advanced material development. The institute has invested significantly over the last seven years in developing its own infrastructure for the development of materials, most notably through the launch of a major nano-characterization platform. Furthermore, a unique geographic/strategic positioning (Liten is based in Grenoble, a major European technohub and a town ranked fifth worldwide for its technological importance by Forbes magazine) enables LITEN to exploit important technological resources such as the ESRF synchrotron, Europe's most powerful synchrotron source , as well as other large instruments, to help achieve its technological objectives.
Liten has acquired state-of-the-art industrial equipment and grouped it within highly focused technology platforms in order to produce materials and components at different industrial/technological scales. This infrastructure allows us to test new materials, develop processes to adapt existing materials to new applications as well as test and develop innovative equipment. When combined with the expertise of our scientific and technical staff this enviable technological infrastructure can play a vital role in streamlining industrial processes and helping our industrial partners reach their commercial objectives.
A creative culture, a wealth of scientific talent and access to some of the most advanced scientific equipment in Europe, enables Liten to develop important new components such as battery stacks, fuel cell stacks etc. These “building blocks” in product-design terms can help to optimize existing systems, but can also lead to the development of entirely new products.
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” This ancient scientific principle remains valid in the 21st century and helps explain the importance of system integration within the value chain. Because even with the highest performing materials or the most advanced, innovative components, the interactions between components and their place within an overall system has to be optimized to ensure optimal performance.
The development of large, fully functioning industrial prototypes is an area in which LITEN excels and one which helps to smooth out the transfer of a technology to industry. From small wafer-thin prototypes for printed electronics technologies to full-scale industrial sites producing electricity from photovoltaic panels , hydrogen production through electrolysers, and electrical conversion through PEM fuel cells, the Liten institute is able to meet the needs of industry. The results of tests performed in almost “live” environments enable us to generate important information to optimize these prototypes.
From laboratory bench to future production line Liten works in close collaboration with its partners in order to facilitate the transfer of targeted technological solutions to industry and optimize their performance. Once these solutions (TRL Technology readiness and MRL, Manufacturing readiness level) have been validated, Liten’s teams continue to accompany partners on the launch of their own industrial equipment/manufacturing lines.
By improving the competitiveness of companies through product performance and differentiation, CEA Tech acts as a catalyst and accelerator of innovation serving the French industry.
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.