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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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....
A three-pronged approach to strategic research
world renowned INES research institute, based in Chambery, plays a
pivotal role in advancing our solar research strategy. Our research
teams investigate all aspects of solar photovoltaic energy –materials,
cells, modules, systems, electricity storage, demonstrations and
diagnostic testing. The institute’s scientists are currently studying
methods for producing solar grade silicon, increasing the efficiency of
solar cells at low cost and developing storage systems required for
these and other intermittent energy sources required for electrical
grids amongst many other exciting technological projects. The
optimization of complex energy systems including renewables energy
sources is also being investigated through simulation tools in order to
help ensure a balance between energy production and consumption. In
the field of solar thermal energy, R&D is being carried out to
determine how this energy can work in conjunction with biomass and other
energy sources and to determine how existing products/systems can be
optimised. Other research fields include the development of combined
systems (hot water and heating) and solar climate control.
Building-integrated solar energy and the active management of combined
thermal and electrical sources are also major research streams and a
major objective is to develop innovative technologies and their
management leading to “positive energy” buildings that produce more
energy than they consume.In the field of Biomass, and in
accordance with EU objectives, France has set itself the target of
increasing its quota of renewable energy to 32% of its overall energy
mix by 2030.
In order to achieve this ambitious target Liten
is developing R&D programs centered on building an industrial
production process that will meet market demands, both in technological
and economic terms. The development of biomass technologies has huge
socio-economic potential by providing important new fuel sources to
industry and also stimulating the local economies of rural territories.
In strategic terms, key areas of research include:
Development of production processes for biomass derived liquid fuels and gases
production processes at different scales, from small-scale production
for local needs to full industrial capacity production
new, efficient, sustainable forms of energy is only part of the story.
Equally as important is the development of new technology that will help
reduce the energy consumed in industrial processes, consumer products,
on the road and in the home. Liten is actively carrying out research in
a wide range of highly diverse technological areas including:
New, energy efficient, printed electronics processes offering high-added value to the end-user
Energy harvesting systems that recycle wasted heat into valuable electrical energy
Energy efficient buildings that will reduce wastage and improve life quality
generation systems (from production and storage through to conversion
and smart management of thermal energy, electricity, and gas –
Moreover by fostering
electro-mobility technology solutions, Liten intends to help lower CO2
emissions and limit dependency on fossil fuels.
Liten, we carry out targeted R&D to improve the performance of
materials used in energy and organic electronics applications. Our
researchers develop novel solutions when no standard materials are
available for a specific need or to mitigate future supply issues such
as cost concerns, geopolitical instability or regulatory changes that
are plaguing materials such as rare earth materials indium, gallium lead
and solvents. We leverage multi-material systems capable of meeting
complex specifications along with nanostructuring techniques able to
significantly change a material's properties like its melting point and
the nature and kinetics of associated chemical reactions. A subtle
change at the molecular level of a raw material can sometimes have an
exponential impact on an industrial process or the end-user experience
of a finished product. In this sense, the development of novel,
customized and highly functional materials can be seen as a key driver
of competitive advantage for industry.
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.