The “Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives“ (CEA) is an internationally recognized research organization in the domains of energy, information and health technologies and defense. Its LITEN Institute (Lab. for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials, 1000 people, 770 patents) is a major partner of fab to lab R&D with 350 collaborative research contracts running this year. The main topics of interest include
- Technologies for electric vehicle transport (fuel cells, Li batteries, H2 production, biofuels…),
- Solar energy for building (Si-based and advanced PV cells, electric and thermal systems, building integration …) and
- High Technology industry (micro energy sources, organic electronic devices …).
The laboratory of PV modules technologies develops printed cells and modules, reaching world level efficiency. The laboratory is involved in the scaling up of these technologies using industrially compatible technologies (Inkjet and roll to roll printing). Stability studies is also an important theme of research with appropriate facilities enable to measure PV parameters in various accelerated climatic conditions and the development of home-made technics particularly in the field of gas barrier and encapsulation characterization.