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Low Carbon Energies

Published on 22 October 2015


​Our R&D addresses important technological and economic

  • Renewable energy, especially solar and biomass

The world renowned INES research institute, based in Chambery, plays a pivotal role in advancing our solar research strategy.  Our research teams investigate all aspects of solar photovoltaic energy –materials, cells, modules, systems, electricity storage, demonstrations and diagnostic testing. The institute’s scientists are currently studying methods for producing solar grade silicon, increasing the efficiency of solar cells at low cost and developing storage systems  required for these and other intermittent energy sources required for electrical grids amongst many other exciting technological projects. The optimization of complex energy systems including renewables energy sources is also being investigated through simulation tools in order to help ensure a  balance between energy production and consumption.

In the field of solar thermal energy, R&D is being carried out to determine how this energy can work in conjunction with biomass and other energy sources and to determine how existing products/systems can be optimised. Other research fields include the development of combined systems (hot water and heating) and solar climate control. Building-integrated solar energy and the active management of combined thermal and electrical sources are also major research streams and a major objective is to develop innovative technologies and their management leading to  “positive energy” buildings that produce more energy than they consume.In the field of Biomass, and in accordance with EU objectives, France has set itself the target of increasing its quota of renewable energy to 32%  of its overall energy mix by 2030.

In order to achieve this ambitious target Liten is developing R&D programs centered on building an industrial production process that will meet market demands, both in technological and economic terms. The development of biomass technologies has huge socio-economic potential by providing important new fuel sources to industry and also stimulating the local economies of rural territories. In strategic terms, key areas of research include:

  1. Development of production processes for biomass derived liquid fuels and gases
  2. Develop production processes at different scales, from small-scale production for local needs to full industrial capacity production

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​The world renowned INES research institute, based in Chambery, plays a pivotal role in advancing our solar research strategy.  Our research teams investigate all aspects of solar photovoltaic energy –materials, cells, modules, systems, electricity storage, demonstrations and diagnostic testing.