The CEA is a public body established in 1945, active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defence and security, information technologies and health technologies. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research.
The LITEN (Laboratory of Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials), as a CEA institute, is one of the most important European research centres on new technologies for energy. LITEN staff is nearly 1000 people, with 1000 patents in portfolio and 230 new patents in 2016. Three laboratories of LITEN are involved in HtF project:
- The LCA lab (Laboratory for Components and Assembling technologies) has strong background and know-how and is equipped to develop thermal components, Heat Exchanger, catalytic reactor and assembling technologies.
- The LER reactor (Laboratory of heat Exchanger and Reactor) has an expertise in the design and in test and analysis to assess the performance of catalytic reactors.
- The LTCB (Laboratory of Thermo-Conversion of Bioresources) has been involved in biomass preparation and conversion by gasification for more about 15 years.