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Article | Energy storage
By effectively “disconnecting” supply from demand, energy storage will play a crucial role in tomorrow’s grids. CEA Tech is developing a variety of technologies—from battery-based and thermal storage to hydrogen systems—to respond to a range of needs, regulatory and budgetary requirements, and environmental concerns. Stationary storage is emerging as a crucial factor in driving the growth of intermittent renewable energy. One of the biggest challenges facing energy storage is finding a viable business model, one that will require lower costs and enable the delivery of additional services.
CEA Tech is also focusing on storage technologies for mobile applications like vehicle batteries and telephones. These technologies include micro fuel cells and micro-batteries.
A new hybrid polymer electrolyte technology with the capacity to enhance battery safety was developed for Solvay. The company has begun presenting the new technology to battery manufacturers.
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.
Pressure can enhance the performance of co-electrolysis without negatively affecting equipment lifespans. Researchers recently demonstrated the principle for the first time ever in a long-duration test.
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, used the MUSES platform’s multi-physics models to generate simulations of the distribution of liquid water on the surface of a PEMFC-type fuel cell.
Construction on the Jupiter 1000 power-to-gas demonstrator plant began on December 19, 2017 in Fos-sur-Mer in the South of France. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by a number of elected officials. Research scientist Laurent Bedel of Liten, a CEA Tech institute, spoke to us about the project.
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.