Since it was established, the CEA has supported and contributed the companies’ effort for innovation by putting its expertise and technologies at their service.
In the Suppliers area, you will find the CEA’s procurement policy and the possibility to consult and respond to current calls for tenders.
Learn about research equipment available to companies in the area of energy.
The Solar Platform, with 360 employees and €150 million in equipment, contributes to the development of the French solar energy industry.It includes materials, procedures and equipment for photovoltaics and high and low temperature thermal solar power.Its flagship project is LabFab HET, a
pre-commercial assembly line capable of producing photovoltaic cells with a conversion efficiency exceeding 20%.The platform includes 25,000 m² of buildings and works with 150 industrial firms, including SMEs (ECM, CIAT, Thermocompact, etc.), larger companies (Alcen, Socomec, MPO, etc.) and major companies, including EDF, Mersen, Alstom, etc.
Covering 3,000 m², including 1,000 m² of clean rooms, the Batteries Platform employs 200. Covering the entire process from synthesizing materials to integration in complete systems, it produces lithium-ion batteries in limited series.It receives €50 million in funding and
develops complete production lines for all types of applications, from ear implants to electric buses. Its objectives are to reduce costs and improve battery life and reliability.The platform size and level of its equipment make it
a R&D tool unlike any other in the world. More than 50 industrial firms use its services, from SMEs to major companies like Renault and Michelin.
Lithium-ion assembly line – Filling machine © P.Avavian/CEA
The HélioBiotec platform is a bioenergy and biotechnology research cluster. HélioBiotec has been set up
to study and optimize biological mechanisms of certain microorganisms that are naturally able to produce molecules with a high energy content. Grown on a large scale, these organisms may eventually produce “third generation” biofuels. The platform includes cutting-edge scientific equipment, including techniques for
high-throughput screening of interesting strains, a set of
instrumented photobioreactors, climate-controlled rooms, quantitative analysis techniques for gene expression, a series of
separation techniques (advanced gas and liquid chromatography combined with mass spectrometry) for
lipid analysis, a mass spectrometry facility for
gas analysis as well as a microalgae and cyanobacteria cryobank.
Culture in erlenmeyer flask under controlled conditions © G.Lesénéchal/CEA
Parking lot equipped with photovoltaic cells© P.Avavian/CEA
Calendering in the anhydrous room© P.Avavian/CEA
Microscope view of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii culture © G.Lesénéchal/CEA
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.