Carnot IFPEN Transports Energie

Under the authority of IFP Energies nouvelles, the IFPEN Transports Energy Carnot Institute develops innovative technological and software solutions designed to optimize the performance of propulsion and energy production systems in order to meet the triple challenge of boosting energy efficiency in the transport sector, reducing environmental pollution and diversifying energy sources.


Core business

Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent)
including PhD Students
Global budget
38,5 M€
incomes with industry
15 M€


institut Carnot IFPEN Transports Energie
1 & 4 avenue de Bois Préau
92852 Rueil Malmaison

 +33 (0) 1 47 52 69 16

Email contact


At the heart of the sustainable mobility and energy ecosystems,
outstanding research serving industry



  • Innovative solutions to address technological challenges and market needs
    ♦ Powertrain systems:
       - Low-carbon fuels and eco-mobility (cars, trucks, urban transport, off-road, maritime and aviation)
       - Mobile or stationary systems for energy production and storage and lost energy recovery
  • High-performance experimental resources and digital tools resulting in innovations with reduced costs and development times
  • A proactive industrial protection policy

Technology transfer

  • Support for industrial sectors, covering a very broad range of technological readiness levels (TRL 1 to 9)
  • Transfer of our R&D results via:
     - joint product development with licensing out operations
     - strategic partnerships
     - collaborative research agreements
  • An innovation support policy, aimed particularly at micro-companies, SME's and intermediate-sized companies

Target Markets

  • Automobile
  • Aviation
  • Energy
  • Off-road
  • River, maritime
  • Rail 


Cutting-edge expertise and skills

  • 3D modeling and advanced combustion diagnostics
  • System simulation and real-time simulation
  • Passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles IC engine technologies (gasoline, diesel, gas, etc.)
  • After-treatment systems
  • Powertrain architecture design and vehicle integration
  • Powertrain control and onboard energy optimization
  • Powertrain/fuel compatibility and alternative fuels
  • Electric machines & power electronics
  • Energy storage systems


  • Close ties with industry: from microcompanies, SME's and intermediate-sized companies to major industrial groups
  • A strong commitment within competitiveness clusters (Mov’eo, LUTB, Systematic, Astech, etc.)
  • Pooled and targeted action within the context of Carnot “industrial sector” projects: coordinator of Carnauto for the automobile sector and partner of Aircar for the aviation sector
  • A synergy with networks of academic partners and R&D laboratories with an international influence
  • Active participation in European authorities representing research and industry (EARPA, ERTRAC, EGVIA)