Energies of the Future Carnot Institute

who we are

The “Energies of the Future” Carnot Institute brings together new energy technologies players from Grenoble. It aims to increase the quality and quantity of partnerships between the top French laboratories and companies in the energy sector to meet the challenges low carbon energy.


Respond to markets and new societal expectations, anticipate technological breakthroughs, provide the right collaborative models and deliver innovative, industrially viable, applicable solutions on the ground in the new energies sector for construction, transport, industry and networks. We generate innovative solutions that are intended to be transferred to economic stakeholders.

what we offer

6 scientific and technological areas of competence:

  • Energy Production
    • Photovoltaic solar | Thermal solar | Hydrogen vector | Biomass | Hydraulics
  • Microsources of energy and mobile energy
    • Micro & Nano Technologies | Energy Recovery
  • Energy Storage
    • Electrochemical | Hydraulics | Thermal
  • Electrical Networks
    • Energy Transfer | Smart Grids | Smart home | Modelling
  • Materials for energy
    • Nano materials | Use in Extreme Environments | Life Cycle
  • Energy Efficiency
    • Industrial processes | Buildings



4 partner institutions cover future energy research in Grenoble in their laboratories in complementary areas of excellence: advanced materials, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy systems, solar energy, thermal energy, electrochemistry...
Joining forces around a central theme accelerates the process of innovation and technology transfer to industry.

University laboratories • UJF Grenoble • INP Grenoble • CNRS Alps:

  • Energy
    • Electrical systems , power electronics , actuators
    • Hydraulics , thermal, propulsion
    • Plasmas
  • Materials processes
    • Electrochemistry
    • Photovoltaic materials in harsh environments
    • Biomass
    • Nanomagnetism
  • ICT & Production processes
    • Workflow management , eco-design
    • Instrumentation control , modelling

Laboratories / CEA Grenoble departments • LlTEN:

  • Solar Technologies / National Institute of Solar Energy
    • Components & photovoltaic and thermal solar systems
    • Solar and construction
  • Electricity and hydrogen for transport
    • Electrical and electrochemical generators
    • Monitoring
  • Nanomaterials Technologies
    • Nanomaterials
    • Autonomous Energy Sources
    • Organic Electronics
  • Biomass and Hydrogen Technologies
    • Production of H2 through HT electrolysis
    • H2 Storage
    • Biofuels


The Energies of the Future Carnot Institute enjoys a rich and diverse scientific and technological environment:

  • 60,000 students, including 3,500 doctoral students, 4,000 researchers and research teachers,
  • innovation and competitiveness clusters such as Minatec, Tenerrdis and Minalogic
  • a knowledge and innovation community: KIC InnoEnergy,
  • R&D centres of large industrial groups such as Air Liquide , Alstom Power Hydro , Schneider, ST Microelectronics...
  • grouping of industry and laboratories such as GIE IDEA (Schneider , EDF, Grenoble INP) and INES , the National Institute of Solar Energy in Chambéry

Numerous laboratory projects from the Energies of the Future Carnot Institute have been certified and financed by the Tenerrdis cluster, through five programmes: network management, hydraulics, hydrogen and fuel cell technology, solar energy and construction, biomass.

 Main facilities

Laboratories are equipped with facilities and high performance equipment to model, develop and describe materials and systems. They use ESRF 'beamlines' to develop highest performance materials. The institute's scientists and engineers foster innovation, from the materials stage to demonstration. Our technology platforms are open to industry and the scientific community and foster private/public R&D collaboration:

  • CREMHyG (Hydraulics)
  • CRETA (materials), Poudr'Innov (metallurgy of powder)
  • RESTAURE (photovoltaic cells)
  • STEEVE (electrochemical components for electric vehicles)
  • PREDIS (networks).

This equipment will soon be complemented by an Equipex NANO- ID to enable the chemical and morphological description of nanomaterials.


"Energies of the Future" Carnot Institute

INP Grenoble
University sector
BP 46
38402 Saint Martin d'Heres cedex

Tel.: + 33 (0)4 76 82 71 36
Emmanuel DAMERY
Tel.: +33 (0)4 38 78 30 07
research valorization
energy efficiency
renewable energy
energy management
technology roadmapping
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