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....
An industry ripe for growth
The photovoltaic solar platform’s mission is to contribute to the development of the solar industry in France. And, with more than 200 employees and 100 industrial partners from SMEs to corporations, the platform is one of Europe’s largest PV R&D facilities.
The platform’s PV R&D focuses on materials, with particular attention given to developing high performance, competitively-priced silicon; PV cell technology and yield enhancement; and solar modules and optimization. Applied research takes place at experimental PV facilities and at reduced-scale and life-sized solar power plants.
200 researchers and technicians
The Heterojunction LabFab, the materials platform, the PV module platform, the CPV platform, the organic PV platform, and the outdoor experimentation platform
15000 m2 of facilities
100M€ of investment
The platform also works on scaling up the technologies developed for industrial rollout. The Heterojunction LabFab — a pilot production line capable of manufacturing heterojunction PV cells with yields of over 20% — boasts a theoretical capacity of 30 MW. The platform also helps France based solar-energy SMEs develop their export sales and build turnkey PV solar plants.
The platform’s PV R&D focuses on materials, with particular attention given to developing highperformance, competitively-priced silicon; PV cell technology and yield enhancement; and solar modules and optimization.
Notable equipment The Heterojunction LabFab, the materials platform, the PV module platform, the CPV platform, the organic PV platform, and the outdoor experimentation platform
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.