Creator of Solutions to Address Climate, Energy & Environmental Issues
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Recycling & Green Chemistry
Liten has set its sights on solutions to make the technologies being developed for tomorrow's low-carbon energy systems more sustainable. The institute is developing innovative processes capable of addressing new reserves of materials and, specifically, mining waste and spent electronic components. The goal is to recycle the most critical materials in such a way as to limit environmental impacts and, more broadly, address the entire value chain from design, extraction, and use to end-of-life, recycling, and reuse in low-carbon energy applications.
Liten researchers are synthesizing materials and developing eco-processes to meet the needs of the energy industry. Developments begin in the lab and are then scaled up to prepare for transfer to the market while ensuring compliance with applicable regulations.
Liten stands out for its capacity to develop recycling processes specific to spent renewable-energy components. However, the institute is also investigating new recycling channels for secondary materials leveraging its proprietary technologies.
At the same time, Liten is developing eco-design approaches for components that enable the best possible use of recycling processes.
Hydrometallurgical and supercritical water processes are currently in the lead, offering substantial advantages such as:
This research is conducted by a multidisciplinary team spanning chemistry, chemical engineering, electrochemistry, materials analytics, and materials science.
It is intended for:
The processes utilized at Liten are at TRL 3 to TRL 5 to facilitate scaleup and transfer.
CEA-Liten is a member of the Safetipaint 1 and 2 project consortia. These projects leveraged a safer-by-design approach to developing wear- and aging-resistant paints that also improve indoor air quality.
UPGRADE project’s main objective is to provide new NdFeB alloys with an appropriate microstructure for the manufacturing of high performance NdFeB permanent magnets, while reducing the content of critical rare earths such as dysprosium or neodymium
Nitrogen oxides, produced mainly when diesel fuel is burned, are harmful pollutants. Liten, a CEA Tech institute, recently modified automotive cabin air filters to effectively filter out nitrogen oxides at ambient temperature, improving air quality for drivers and passengers.
Human Health and 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.