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A Unique Positioning

Published on 7 May 2019

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.

Liten : an active contributor to national and European roadmaps

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.

An important technological interface

In 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 industrial partners.


National and International networks

Close 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.

“In 2013, renewable power capacity expanded at its fastest pace to date. Renewable power generation continued to grow strongly, reaching almost 22% of the global mix, compared with 21% in 2012 and 18% in 2007. Globally, renewable electricity generation is now on par with that of natural gas, which remained relatively stable in 2013. Investment in new renewable power capacity topped USD 250 billion globally in 2013 and is likely to remain at high levels.”

Source: International Energy Agency Report