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Published on 17 February 2023

CEA-Liten Presentation

Creator of solutions, to answer climate, energy and environmental issues

​CEA-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.

The only European research institute to span the entire value chain from the development of materials to pre-industrialization, Liten’s unique combination of human and technological resources helps its industrial partners achieve competitive advantage through the development of cutting-edge renewable energy, energy efficiency and novel material technology.

The institute builds long-term relationships with its industrial partners that range in size from SMEs to multinationals, in order to develop a wide range of technologies that include the development of new and advanced materials, components as well as the optimization/development of existing or new industrial processes. This privileged relationship with Industry sees us put in place over 400 research contracts a year.

CEA-Liten’s Technology Platforms: sophisticated R&D tools for industry

In order to reach these objectives, the institute is able to draw on the strength of 12 purpose-built technology platforms as well as over 1000 scientists, technicians and support staff. The combination of this enviable array of equipment (combined annual budget of 160M€) and the scientific expertise of CEA-Liten’s scientific teams results in a powerful R&D tool that can help overcome complex technological hurdles and help build the products, components and industrial processes of the future.

CEA Tech: adding ICT, nanotech and microelectronics into the mix

Liten is part of CEA Tech, the R&D wing of the innovation giant, the CEA.  Part of a triumvirate of research institutes, the complementary expertise/technological offerings of LIST (software-intensive system) and LETI (micro/nanoelectronics) strengthen Liten’s already highly-comprehensive offering.


  • Funded in 2004

  • Based in France in Grenoble and Chambéry

  • 1000 employees

  • 1900 patents

  • 200 publications by year

  • Over 200 industrial partners

  • Annual budget of 160 million euros

  • 180 PhD students and Post-docs

  • 12 platforms

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