The École des Mines sets up its innovation campus at Versailles Satory

Posted Jul 24, 2022, 10:00 AM

Nearly 300 researchers, technical engineers and students from the Mines-Paris school will set up their boxes in 2024 at Versailles Satory. The prestigious engineering school will indeed create an Innovation Campus on the plateau to bring together three of its research centers: the systems energy efficiency center, the robotics center and the materials center. Objective of the operation: to improve synergies between research teams working on the development of sustainable solutions for buildings, mobility and energy. “Our research centers, united in a modern building, will be able to develop more ambitious projects in the fields of ecological transition as well as energy and digital transformation. This birth was made possible by the help of the Yvelines department”, rejoices Vincent Laflèche, director of Mines-Paris.

Energetic transition

The Yvelines departmental council has indeed invested 98 million euros in the operation, as part of a partnership with the Mines. The latter revolves around three axes: conducting experimental research on the territory in terms of energy and environmental transition; disseminate and promote scientific excellence and innovation in colleges; finally, develop the partnership with the local industrial, academic and economic fabric.

Our research centers gathered in a modern building will be able to develop more ambitious projects in the fields of ecological transition as well as energy and digital transformation.

Vincent Laflèche, director of Mines-Paris.

The local authority is responsible for the project management of the building which will house the teams at Versailles-Satory. This 15,000 square meter construction is very ambitious in terms of sustainable development and should obtain the positive energy and carbon reduction label. Its foundations will also be designed to withstand significant vibrations; the campus will be located near a military field serving as test tracks for Leclerc tanks.

Create wealth and employment

The arrival of the Ecole des Mines laboratories was welcomed by the department’s elected officials. “Because there can be no industry without research and development, the Department is committed to supporting all strategic projects aimed at creating wealth and employment”, declares Pierre Bédier, the chairman of the department.

Mines Paris-PSL, part of the University of Paris Sciences and Letters, PSL, trains high-level generalist engineers called upon to occupy positions of responsibility in multiple fields, such as industrial production, research and development, management, the energy and digital transition, etc.

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The École des Mines sets up its innovation campus at Versailles Satory