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
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....
Bioresource-based energy: from energy vectors to molecules of interest
Since 2011 Liten has been working on recycling very wet biomass—which contains more than 50% moisture—into energy or chemical molecules of interest. This biomass includes organic waste from the farming and food industries, urban waste, microalgae, and other high-moisture-content material that is not frequently recycled. And the benefits are both environmental and financial.Our wet biomass recycling research looks at two methods:
These processes make use of both the organic and mineral components of wet biomass. However, several obstacles to industrial scale-up remain, one of which is cost (due to the need for high-pressure treatment, for example). The waste-to-energy industry is shifting rapidly, and these technologies are bound to play an important role.Our researchers are developing pilot units for potential industrial applications. In 2015, a pilot continuous-liquefaction unit with a capacity of 2 liters/hour was built, enabling our labs to go beyond research previously conducted in closed autoclave-type systems. The process was successfully tested on microalgae and fruit residues from the food industry. The next step will be to test the process on other bioresources. Liten’s in-depth knowledge of processes under pressure, chemistry and petrochemistry (oxidation, hydrolysis, oil characterization), and analytical techniques have been crucial to this research.
Recycling wet biomass can help companies boost their bottom line while reducing their impact on the environment
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.