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
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A novel electrolysis technology for the ecoquarters of the future
SYLFEN produces either gas or electricity as well as heat using the same multi-functional equipment, based on the individual energy needs of users or energy prices that may influence this decision. Sylfen is a highly flexible and competitive technological solution.
SYLFEN’s multi energy smart-hub is a result of over ten years of CEA R&D covered by a portfolio of ten patents. The project centres on a reversible, high-temperature electrolyser (700 to 800 °C) which can effectively be used as a hydrogen fuel cell.
In electrolysis mode, the smart-hub produces high-output hydrogen or natural gas. In fuel-cell mode, the device produces either heat or electricity.
Available in versions ranging from a few dozen to several hundred kilowatts, the technology is suited to positive energy buildings, neighbourhoods and industrial eco-parks. The settings of the hub are determined by the individual needs of users (fueling hydrogen vehicles, recharging batteries, heating business premises) and also important pricing criteria (low price, night time pricing, intermittent renewable energy etc).
SYLFEN includes important management and control software. The smart hub aims to make local energy production competitive across a wide variety of territories and markets.
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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.