Energy efficiency and energy sustainability
La Cité des Energies was created at the CEA Cadarache site in 2011, to bring together, under one roof, experts from education, research and industry and to create a leading alternative energy development cluster.
La Cité des Energies aims to make local firms in the energy efficiency and renewables sectors more competitive. The cluster offers the very best conditions to promote technology transfer to local SMEs and to help them grow, in the following areas:
- performance of solar demonstrators and thermal or electric Smart Grids
- energy production and efficiency for Mediterranean buildings
- research into biofuels from microalgae and development of biorefinery research
- future greenhouses and microbial fuel cells.
La Cité des Energies showcases cutting-edge technologies via a series of platforms, demonstrators and laboratories. It includes industrial pilot-scale solar power plants (MEGASOL) and other lower-power platforms (less than 1 MW). Manufacturers can access experimental positive-energy “buildings” adapted to suit the Mediterranean climate, where they can test innovative components or systems before taking them to market. The cluster’s teams are also working on the Heliobiotec biofuels platform and industrial development of the associated process, known as Hélioprocess.
The Capenergies cluster, a partner of La Cité des Energies from the outset, has certified a number of projects at the site, including a large solar power plant, a biomass platform, and building energy efficiency and renovation demonstrators. Capenergies is helping the platform to deliver on its strategy. It has a budget of €6.5 million, a community of 30 industrial partners, including 27 SMEs and mid-sized firms (some of which are cluster members), and around 30 ongoing R&D contracts.