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Published on 14 March 2024


Innovative solutions for the energy transition​

​The CEA-Liten story began in 2004. An institute of the CEA, a major European research and technology organization, we have become a key stakeholder in R&D for energy and the environment over the past two decades. Our research, guided by energy efficiency and the circular economy, addresses the pillars of the energy transition: solar energy, batteries, hydrogen, and sustainable chemicals and fuels. ​

True to its name, CEA-Liten—the Laboratory for Innovation in Technology for Energy and New materials—is committed to innovation and value creation. With facilities on the CEA campus in Grenoble and on the INES (French National Solar Energy Institute) campus in nearby Chambéry, CEA-Liten is 100% dedicated to the energy transition. We bring an integrated vision to multi-technology, multi-vector, multi-scale energy technologies that are economically competitive and environmentally responsible.

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​Our purpose is to innovate in service to France’s and the European Union’s major strategic objectives: an energy transition to Net Zero by 2050 and energy sovereignty. This will require competitive domestic energy industries, which we are supporting by transferring differentiating technologies to our partner companies.​

We are active in research partnerships, and the excellence of our programs has been recognized by our membership in the Carnot Network (Carnot Énergies du Futur) since 2006. As a research and technology organization, we are committed to working with our partners to build a competitive, sovereign, and sustainable economy. We have significant research facilities, intellectual property, and expertise dedicated to this objective.

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​For the energy transition to succeed, we believe that renewable energy, smart grids, and comprehensive energy efficiency measures will need to converge.​

Whether it is photovoltaic solar energy, batteries, hydrogen, or sustainable chemicals and fuels, all our research centers on the energy transition. We develop new technologies, but we also integrate them into systems, with a focus on power converters, thermal engineering, and the control and management of energy systems and grids for a variety of use cases. Our materials and circular economy research is guided by the principles of “reduce, reuse, recycle” to improve the management of materials crucial to the energy transition.

Eco-innovation and numerical simulation are two of the throughlines of our research. Our innovation processes integrate economic, environmental, and societal impacts, while advanced characterization, modeling of physical phenomena, and data science accelerate the development of our technologies.