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.
Transverse activities help add value to our technology portfolio. An optimised modeling and characterisation model, for example, can help reduce time to market. Browse this section to find out more....
Pushing back the frontiers of electronic
The Pictic large-surface printing platform develops smart plastics, papers, and textiles produced by printing electronic functions directly on flexible 320mm x 380mm surfaces. The applications for these flexible circuits are complementary to those addressed by silicon-based technologies, and include human-machine interfaces, smart lighting, interactive displays, and environmental monitoring.
The platform is Europe’s only specialized R&D facility to bring together all of the necessary printing techniques—screen printing, inkjet, gravure, flexography, and slot-die—under one roof. The platform also has characterization, assembly, encapsulation, and other equipment.
50 researchers and technicians
Slot-die, gravure, and flexography process equipment
€9 million in investment
Many industrial partners including Grenoble start-up ISORG
600 sq. m of clean rooms
The platform develops formulations for electronic inks, scales up printing processes for industrial rollout, and manufactures prototypes and preseries, working with corporations worldwide, as well as with Grenoble, France-based start-up Isorg.
The processes developed at the platform stand out for their precision and competitive pricing. Electronic functions are deposited on the substrate in a single step, eliminating the need to use lithography and other subtractive processes.
The Pictic large-surface printing platform develops smart plastics, papers, and textiles produced by printing electronic functions directly on flexible, 320 mm x 380 mm surfaces.
Notable equipment Slot-die, gravure, and flexography process equipment
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.