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Article | Renewable energies
Free and virtually unlimited in supply, renewable energy is emerging as a crucial solution to the problem of dwindling natural resources.
CEA Tech is developing converters to transform these flux energy sources into usable energy in the form of electricity or heat. These converters, intended mainly for silicon-based PV solar technologies, will help reduce manufacturing costs while improving cell and system energy yields.
CEA Tech is also developing energy storage systems like batteries and fuel cells to smooth out intermittent renewable energy production.
Together, these advances will contribute to bringing PV energy costs in line with the costs of energy from the grid and improving the management of energy from this renewable source.
Industrial-sized batches of silicon heterojunction solar cells with yields of 24% were recently manufactured at high throughput. Some cells set a yield record of 24.25%. The test runs mark a new step forward toward readying this promising technology for manufacturing.
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, is currently developing software to pinpoint losses in solar PV power plants. The software should be helpful in improving plant maintenance to ensure optimal performance.
Solar photovoltaic cells made using perovskite material are naturally resistant to electronic radiation, making them a potentially-attractive alternative to the multi-junction cells used in space applications.
Researchers investigated whether or not additive manufacturing affects a material’s hydrogen resistance. They designed an experiment to test the theory on parts made from Inconel, a material used for certain parts in the Ariane 6 launcher’s engines.
How to collaborate with CEA Tech teams ?
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.