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Article | Renewable energies
Free and virtually unlimited in supply, renewable energy is emerging as a crucial solution to the problem of dwindling natural resources.
CEA Tech is developing converters to transform these flux energy sources into usable energy in the form of electricity or heat. These converters, intended mainly for silicon-based PV solar technologies, will help reduce manufacturing costs while improving cell and system energy yields.
CEA Tech is also developing energy storage systems like batteries and fuel cells to smooth out intermittent renewable energy production.
Together, these advances will contribute to bringing PV energy costs in line with the costs of energy from the grid and improving the management of energy from this renewable source.
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.
The Tunisian government has adopted an energy transition policy that includes multiplying the contribution of renewable energy tenfold within twelve years. To successfully make the transition, the country needed a smart-grid solution tailored to local conditions.
CEA INES team has recently achieved a new heterojunction 72 cell module record performance at 410W in collaboration with Meyer Burger.
Perovskite-based photovoltaic systems were recently created on larger surfaces than the current laboratory prototypes, enabling the technology to be scaled up from individual cells to modules.
Several energy-related advances for the City of Grenoble, France were unveiled to the public as part of the CITY-Zen Days initiative. One of them is an innovative heating network. The prototype is currently under construction and the new network will round out France’s second-largest heating network.
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.