Carnot Energies du futur

CARNOT Energies du futur

The Carnot Institute “Energies du futur” gathers French research laboratories dedicated to low-carbon energy technologies and energy efficiency.

Across the innovation value chain, the laboratories and platforms of “Energies du futur”, provide a wide range of skills and experimental means to companies of all sizes, from energy production and conversion to uses optimisation, smart grids and transversal technologies.

Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent) 1 000
PhD Students 500
Global budget 170 M€
Partnership incomes with industry 40 M€


Institut Carnot Energies du Futur
Bâtiment GreEn-ER
21 avenue des martyrs - CS 90624
38031 Grenoble CEDEX 1

+33 (0) 4 38 78 95 26
+33 (0) 6 78 52 89 42

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Design the future of energy, from materials to systems, more efficiency, less carbon impact on the planet

Research for the future of energy:

The Carnot institute ““Energies du futur” research activities are distributed over five main topics:

  • Low-carbon energy production (solar photovoltaic and thermal systems, bio-resources, hydraulic power…)
  • Storage, conversion and energy vectors (various energy vectors)
  • Smart grids
  • High efficiency new uses (low-impact building, mobility, industry)
  • Transversal technologies (modelling and simulation, life cycle analysis, materials and energy management and economy)


Economic sectors:

  • Industry
  • Building
  • Consumption

Addressed markets : 

  • Low-carbon impact energies
  • Energy efficiency
  • New uses of energy :
    • Grids
    • Transport
    • Building
    • Industry


Major equipment and platforms for energy

  • Materials processes
  • Functionalized materials
  • Nano-characterization
  • Hydraulic and marine energy
  • Thermal and solar photovoltaic
  • Bio-resources
  • Energy recovery
  • Hydrogen production and storage
  • Power-to-gaz
  • Fuel cells
  • Batteries
  • Electric mobility
  • Economy and energy management
  • Smart grids and distribution grids

The Carnot institute “Energies du futur” offers a wide range of technological platforms with key benefits:

  • To develop technologies from proof-of-concept to prototypes in order to push forward innovation and access to the market
  • To develop, to measure and characterize innovative solutions, thanks to cutting-edge equipment
  • To imagine new solutions and test technologies before transferring them into the market