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Smart Energy Systems
When both centralized and distributed energy production and a wide range of energy vectors are used simultaneously, you get complex systems that can be implemented on a local level.
The relentless quest for energy efficiency has spurred stakeholders at all scales to find ways to get more out of every electron and calorie produced. Solutions like hybrid energy and storage systems and multi-energy systems and grids that serve a neighborhood, city, building, or even a boat, for example, create complex new management scenarios.
Liten is renowned for broad, deep knowledge of the vast array of elements that make up complex energy systems.
The institute is the partner of choice for the development and integration of all energy-system components, whether it is producing energy from a variety of sources and storing energy (electric, thermal, hydrogen) or forecasting and demand-side management.
Liten's developments address a wide range of applications, including vehicles (cars, boats, planes), new and existing buildings, and entire neighborhoods and larger geographical areas.
The research taking place at Liten labs focuses on digital tools to evaluate, dimension, and run complex energy systems optimally. The institute also tests these systems in the lab, on the test grids at INES, and in real-world conditions.
Liten uses and develops its own generic software for electricity grids (see Smart Electricity Systems), heat and cooling networks, and hydrogen production for the development and management of complex energy systems.
Technical and economic assessments of complex energy systems.
System simulation and dimensioning.
System performance assessment
Liten conducts research with and for partners on topics like:
Energy management at neighborhood, city, and larger scales.
Solar-powered off-grid equipment coupled with energy storage to limit the use of diesel-powered generators.
Advanced management of heat and cooling networks.
Combined energy vectors: power-to-gas, power-to-heat, etc.
Comepos is an acronym for 'Optimised Design and Construction of Positive Energy Houses', a large-scale project that evaluated the energy impact and carbon footprint of different prototypes of positive energy houses. It allowed experimenting, monitoring and analysing the performance of new solutions for different construction methods, climates and lifestyles of the inhabitants.
Ventilairsec partnered with Liten, a CEA Tech institute, on a residential HVAC solution that takes care of air quality and heating.
Energy Observer, the world’s first hydrogen-powered boat, features an innovative end-to-end energy architecture that is 100% carbon-free, distributed, and digital. Didier Bouix, who heads the project at Liten, a CEA Tech institute, recently won the Mission Innovation Champions award for his work.
Buildings & Energy
Manufacturing and Retail
Transportation and Mobility
Construction and Electrical Engineering
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.