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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High-added-value magnets and components
The powder metallurgy platform POUDR'INNOV 2.0 develops high-added value magnets and components from metal, ceramic, semi-conductive and magnetic powders with applications on the connector, lighting, electronics, healthcare, fine chemicals, and energy markets.R&D at the platform focuses on powder preparation processes designed to optimize the end components’ properties—and create new properties that would be impossible if the materials were used in solid form.
These include tiny components with complex shapes, lightweight hollow structures, dielectric components with high thermal conductivity, high-performance magnets, multi-material assemblies and energy-recuperation-devices. By exploiting a variety of additive manufacturing techniques, including 3D printing, the platform is able to produce ultra-precise components, with no post-production finishing; thus reducing overall manufacturing costs.
The platform includes a complete range of semi-industrial and industrial equipment and is capable of completing the entire component production process under one roof, from formulating and blending powders to injection molding, debinding and sintering, and characterization by µ-tomography. The platform leverages several decades of powder metallurgy research conducted by the CEA and files around twenty patent applications each year. R&D at the platform is currently at the international state of the art.
50 researchers and technicians
Major technologies: 3D printing, feedstock, powder injection molding, characterisation
€12 million in investment
Several dozen industrial partners of all sizes from around the globe
20 patent applications per year
The platform is the only R&D center in Europe to possess a complete range of semi-industrial and industrial equipment and is capable of completing the entire component production process under one roof...
The Poudr’Innov powder metallurgy platform develops high-added value magnets and components from metal, ceramic, and magnetic powders with applications across numerous markets.
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.