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Article | Energy efficiency
Amid rising energy costs, dwindling fossil fuel supplies, and negative impacts of CO2 emissions on the environment, today’s energy landscape is complex. As major consumers of energy, buildings are on the front lines when it comes to finding sustainable solutions.
CEA Tech is innovating in a variety of fields to help make buildings more energy efficient. With access to fully-instrumented experimental houses, homebuilders and building materials, systems, and equipment manufacturers can test new solutions and assess their impact on energy performance and occupant comfort. CEA Tech is equipped to test new construction methods, opaque and glass wall panels, materials, stuccoes, new types of doors and windows, innovative ventilation systems, solar collectors, and thermal storage systems.
A heating-network substation was commissioned in the lab for testing, and then upgraded to a more advanced version. Two testing platforms at solar energy research center INES were connected for the first time ever for the tests.
A testing platform based on the sensiNact software environment was developed under the FESTIVAL project. The platform provides access to data collected from a variety of experimental sources.
A curved sensor that limits the number of lenses required in optical equipment was recently developed. The new sensor reduces the volume of camera modules by half, creating opportunities for the manufacturers of cameras, smartphones, and other optical systems.
Researchers at Liten, a CEA Tech institute, set out to determine whether or not micro cogeneration affects fuel-cell aging. The first long-duration tests conducted under the Propice project provided some answers.
Bag-Era has developed an application that interconnects the components of complex industrial and service systems to ensure that these systems are coherent and robust.
How to collaborate with CEA Tech teams ?
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.