Creator of Solutions to Address Climate, Energy & Environmental Issues
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Liten's research is addressing the different components that make up a PV power plant and software to optimize systems in terms of design and coupling with the grid.
Specifically, Liten is developing tools to:
Software to combine meteorological data and cloud-cover observations.
Algorithms to estimate fouling, degradation, faults, and losses per unit.
Silicon carbide (SiC) inverters and components: 5 kW to 250 kW.
Gallium nitride (GaN) inverters and components: 100 W to 5 kW.
New architectures (linear plants, agrivoltaics, floating PV).
High-yield photovoltaics and custom modules.
These hardware and software development programs are run on test platforms and equipment at scales representative of actual use.
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, gathers data from 10% of France’s installed PV power-plant base, analyzes the data, and makes recommendations to improve plant performance. The installed base monitored by Liten should reach 400 MW by the end of 2016, making the institute a key source for information on PV production in France.
Recent developments at Liten, a CEA Tech institute, could lay the foundations for PV modules with advanced BIST (built-in self-test) capabilities. Faults will be detected and identified in record time, without bringing PV production to a halt.
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.