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....
Win-win, longterm relationships with academic partners
Liten's mandate is centred on applied research and has a unique positioning which allows it to play an important role as an interface between fundamental research and academia on the one hand and technological transfer towards industry on the other. Via a complementary approach to scientific development, Liten collaborates on important scientific projects with academic partners, resulting in longterm, mutually beneficial relationships.
In order to bridge the gap between fundemental research and technology transfer, Liten's core research activities take place between technology readiness levels (TRL) 4-6 complementing the activities of academic laboratories. However, many of Liten's teams are also involved, to some extent, in more basic research, (TRL 2-3). This comprehensive coverage of the technology development chain allows Litens' research teams to establish fruitful relationships with academia and allow them to join forces and share skills and scientific infrastructure.
Liten’s approach relies on a multi-disciplinary/multi-scale approach spanning the entire technology development chain, from early-stage applied research through to technology transfer as well as the entire value chain from materials, components to customized prototyping. At each step, scientific collaboration is welcomed.
Academic partners who work with Liten are welcome to benefit from an offering that combines scientific expertise as well as a range of comprehensive technological facilities for renewable energies, energy efficiency and advanced materials.
Evidence of our strong alliance with academia can be seen in our publication portfolio and PhD programme with 55% of scientific authors and 80% of PhD supervisors originating from academic backgrounds.
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.