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Part of CEA Tech’s R&D focuses on the driverless car—an advance that will help make transportation more widely available, convenient, and energy efficient. CEA Tech’s institutes are working on the software, sensors, and other communicating objects that will equip tomorrow’s vehicles and transportation infrastructures
One of CEA Tech’s major research areas is the electric vehicle, with the goal of zero emissions in urban areas. Range is one of the main hurdles to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, and CEA Tech is developing improved batteries and battery management systems (BMS) to extend vehicle range.
A first-ever proof-of-concept of a 1 kW PEMFC stack made with printed components was recently completed. The technology is implemented using continuous processes, which reduces costs. However, it also promises to boost power densities.
A new computer-aided design tool will make battery packs safer by measuring the impact of dimensioning changes on the behavior of the battery packs. Specifically, the tool improves the evaluation of thermal runaway risk.
Increasingly, additive manufacturing techniques are the choice for producing parts with very complex shapes. A new quality control process was recently developed to ensure that these parts are free from defects while they are being manufactured.
By inaugurating the first industrial production line for heterojunction PV cells at its Catania plant, ENEL Green Power has just given a strong signal for the future of this technology.
Industrial-sized batches of silicon heterojunction solar cells with yields of 24% were recently manufactured at high throughput. Some cells set a yield record of 24.25%. The test runs mark a new step forward toward readying this promising technology for manufacturing.
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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.