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.
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A multi-faceted approach to R&D
CEA-Liten’s objective is to support French industry
through the development of cutting-edge renewable energy technology. Our
aim is to develop innovations across the sustainable energy mix that
can be directly integrated into industrial, transport, and domestic
applications thereby bolstering French industry at both national and
international levels. As well as stimulating the French economy and
French competitiveness, the work carried out by the Liten institute will
play a vital role in helping reach objectives set by national and
European climate plans as well as contribute to energy independency.A
driving force in terms of innovation, Liten is one of the most
effective CEA research institutes for intellectual property with an IP
portfolio comprising over 1400 patents. The institute’s output in
intellectual property equates to 230 patents on average per year and it
is also well-known for its scientific excellence, generating an average
of 160 reviews in IF journals annually.
The institute plays an important role in policy building and participating in projects of national interest. For
instance, Liten contributes to the deployment of hydrogen mobility
technologies in line with European initiatives. More generally,
Liten is also a member of various networks responsible for establishing
recommendations and roadmaps for the French government (Ancre, Syndicat
des Energies Renouvelables, Afhypac etc), It also contributes to
European policy through its participation in the Fuel cells and hydrogen
Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) governing board.
strategic terms, Liten is perfectly placed to bridge a strategic “gap”
in the technology value chain which exists between the world of academia
and industry. It is essential that fundamental research carried out
between Technology Readiness levels (TRL) of 1-3 be matured to
pre-industrialization level before being effectively transferred to
industry. The Liten institute is able to fully exploit its wide range of
human and technological resources, together with an extensive portfolio
of background IP to “bridge this gap” and meet the demands of its
working relationships with key partners such as the Carnot Institutes
and a comprehensive network of private and public sector partners (350
industrial partners/100 academic partners) add further weight to what
accounts for a unique positioning at both home and abroad.
Source: International Energy Agency Report
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.