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.
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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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Perovskite photovoltaic technology presents some major competitive advantages that make it an excellent candidate for new generation of photovoltaics as single junction or in combination with silicon cells for tandem architecture. It combines in particular high efficiency potential with low cost materials and processes.
Since 2015, CEA is developing this high efficiency technology disrupting the mainstream photovoltaics. The French team has succeeded to reach recently a new record of efficiency producing a 8 cells in series module combining coating deposition techniques and laser patterning. The performance reaches an efficiency of 20.3% on active area of 11.2 cm² with a geometrical fill factor of >93%. The stabilized efficiency at MPP is maintained above 19%. In parallel, stability assessment is on-going but first tests under illumination and damp heat conditions are very promising.
The perovskite technology is now on its way to be industrialized maintaining high efficiency on larger area device.
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.