CEA and IFPEN sign their first R&D collaboration framework agreement

​Already enriched by a four-year partnership between 2017 and 2020, the CEA and IFPEN wished to strengthen their collaboration as major French research organizations in the field of the triple energy, ecological and digital transition. The five-year framework contract will promote the emergence of joint research projects (collaborative projects, bilateral projects, supervision of theses, etc.), based on the scientific and technical expertise of each organization and on the complementarity of their know-how.

The collaborations will revolve around four scientific themes of common interest:

  • Mobility with two main axes: the large-scale deployment of electric mobility through the eco-design of electric machines with permanent magnets as well as the development of mobility hydrogen (fuel cell or combustion engine).
  • L’circular carbon economy around five potential areas: energy integration for atmospheric CO2 capture processes, advanced biofuels (micro-algae sector), synthetic fuels obtained by Power-to-fuels and Sun-to-fuels approaches, sustainable chemicals (bioproducts and e-chemicals), electrocatalysis or hydrogenation and, finally, life cycle and technical-economic analysis methodologies.
  • Digital in the field of energies, with the continuation of work on the Arcane high-performance computing platform, and the strengthening of collaborations in numerical methods, in uncertainties and optimization, in AI and machine learning, as well as in multi-purpose modeling and simulation -scales / multi-physics.
  • The implementation of common lessons between the two training entities backed by the CEA and IFPEN, respectively INSTN – the school of specialization in low-carbon energies and health technologies – and IFP School, the school of application of energy transition engineers. The creation of a specialized master’s degree for professionals in energy management is currently being studied with theINSTN and IMT Atlantique.

François Jacq, General Administrator of the CEA, declared: “This agreement is a tremendous opportunity for all those involved in the energy, ecological and digital transitions. Here, it is a question of acquiring the scientific knowledge aimed at the emergence of essential technological innovations to continue the decarbonization effort. This is notably reflected in our common roadmap for the conversion of CO2 and biomass into molecules of interest which can be liquid or gaseous fuels or chemicals. It is also a question of thinking about the next generation and training our future energy experts, the combination of the strengths of the CEA and IFPEN in terms of education will be a major asset”.

For Pierre-Franck Chevet, Chairman of IFPEN, ” This framework contract reflects our common desire to intensify our collaboration in the service of the energy transition. Like the Melchior project that we are successfully conducting in partnership with the CEA, on electrical machines with low environmental impact, the complementarity of our expertise makes it possible to accelerate the development of technological innovations. With the framework contract, we will go even further on essential subjects such as electric mobility, hydrogen, CO capture2 atmosphere and the conversion of CO2 and biomass into molecules of interest, we will strengthen our joint work in the digital fields and set up new training courses on low-carbon energies. »

CEA and IFPEN sign their first R&D collaboration framework agreement