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A Carnot Institute at IFP Energies nouvelles: IFPEN Transports Energie

December 2013

IFPEN Transports Energie  is part of the network of 34 Carnot Institutes set up by the French government to reinforce technology transfer and support the competitiveness of businesses via innovation.

Gaëtan Monnier

 Gaëtan Monnier,
 Director of the IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute


Why set up a Carnot Institute within IFP Energies nouvelles?

 IFPEN Transports Energie  has been part of the Carnot Institute network since it was created. What's more, our label was renewed in 2011. It should be recalled that the aim of the Carnot Institutes is to reinforce joint research projects between public research structures and business, primarily targeting intermediate-sized companies and SMEs.

The government’s ambition is to enable these companies to improve and expand their products and services and reinforce their competitiveness through innovation via this network of partnerships. Working closely with industry to meet their innovation needs forms an integral part of the culture at IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN). It is this know-how, among other aspects, that has been recognized by the renewal of our Carnot label.


What are the objectives of the Transports Energie Carnot Institute?

Our main objective is to work with industrial partners to develop innovative technologies for more fuel-efficient and more environmentally-friendly transport. Because transport is still 94% reliant on oil and alternative are not yet accessible on a large scale, this objective is crucial to the energy transition process.

We are involved in research in the field of road transport, but also aviation, sea and river, as well as off-road transport.

To offer solutions to the R&D problems encountered by companies, we have access to advanced knowledge relating to all the components of an innovative transmission chain: high-efficiency powertrains, transmissions, energy storage, fuels, onboard energy management, etc.

We are also involved, to a lesser extent, in the field of energy production, developing technologies designed to facilitate CO 2 capture at source, with activities exclusively dedicated to the development of chemical looping combustion (CLC).


Can you give a few examples of joint research projects being conducted by your Carnot Institute aimed at SMEs and intermediate-sized companies?

A number of support and technology transfer projects have been conducted since 2011.

One example is the joint project with Electricfil (an intermediate-sized company employing 1,500 people, specializing in the mass production of sensors and switches for the motor vehicle industry) aimed at developing a smart sensor capable of detecting faults in the particulate filters in diesel vehicles. Capable of withstanding temperatures of over 500°C, this device, which anticipates future regulations in the area of vehicle pollutant emissions, is in the pre-industrialization phase. It is expected to be commercially available soon.

 Other examples:

The collaboration with the SME Scaleo Chip as part of the NextSTEP project to develop an innovative micro-controller and control architecture for new-generation IC and electric powertrains, or the one with VuLog in the field of eco-driving assistance on electric vehicle fleets.

Finally, another joint initiative brings together three Carnot Institutes - CETIM, CEA-List and IFPEN Transports Energie - to launch the Capme’Up project, aimed at making three technical platforms - one led by IFPEN - available to micro-companies, SMEs and intermediate-sized companies in the manufacturing sector.

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