CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. CEA is a technology research and development provider, whose role is to transfer this know-how to the industry. CEA has staff of about 16000 people, a budget of 4.3 billion Euros per year, and has filed more than 650 priority patents. The CEA operates ten research centres in France, each specializing in specific fields.CEA is operating today more than 350 people at INES, the French institute of solar energy, which has started operations in 2005. After a strong phase of growth, today ten CEA-labs at INES cover the complete value chain of photovoltaics: material, cells, modules, solar systems, and storage systems. Furthermore, three labs deal with energy in buildings.With the aim to maximise the penetration of solar system in the electricity network, research efforts are made on smartgrids, energy management, demand response and grid coupled storage systems. These efforts are demonstrated on the INES campus, for example the coupling of a Vanadium Redox flow battery with PV generator in order to guarantee the PV output.


Contact Person
Name: Nicolas Martin
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Postal address: INES, Av du Lac Léman, 73377 le Bourget-du-Lac, France
Telephone number: +33479792204



Relevant projects

  • ALTAIS: operation of FIAMM energy storage system coupled with PV generation on the Martinique island
  • IPERD: operation of a 150kWh Li-ion battery connected to the low distribution network in order to maximize PV generation integration