The energy transition is a major societal challenge and needs to be underpinned by the new technologies needed to enhance the efficiency, ecological footprint and ease of use of new energies. To address these new energy and environmental challenges, Carnot institutes — especially those focused on energy — strive to strengthen the industrial component in infrastructure design and production.


Genesis of a Building Operating System - BOS
Carnot Clim'adapt Institute — Carnot preparing the future

Cerema’s Clermont-Ferrand-based lab has designed a real-time instrumentation device that analyses the “energy behaviour” of buildings to optimise their consumption. It uses a number of open source technologies and is known as THEMIS (THermic and Energetic MonItoring System). THEMIS is being developed as part of an experimental study conducted by Cerema on behalf of the social landlord, Allier Habitat.

Towards mass production of carbon-free hydrogen

Carnot Energies du futur Institute — Carnot preparing the future

Production of carbon-free hydrogen - design of a pre-industrial demonstrator: electrolysis cell stacking. A unique core technology for producing high-efficiency, low-cost hydrogen using high temperature electrolysis (HTE), with the added advantage of being reversible and therefore operable in solid oxide fuel cell mode (SOFC), generating both electricity and heat.


Heat exchangers and reactors
Carnot ISIFoR Institute — Carnot preparing the future

If you want to heat or cool a fluid efficiently, you need to have effective heat exchange with the solid wall with which the fluid is in contact. If the flow does not spread out all along the wall, your system will be much less efficient. WAVYX uses the complex trajectories generated in a sine-helical shaped channel to achieve high heat transfer. A good shake-up provides the basis for effective transfer!


Frost-free, energy-efficient cold production
Carnot M.I.N.E.S Institute — Carnot preparing the future

Vapour-compression air-conditioning systems can effectively manage temperature but have certain drawbacks when it comes to controlling indoor humidity. Hybrid systems based on liquid desiccants are energy-efficient refrigeration systems. Dessication can be used for dehumidification before the air supply is cooled, thus separating humidity control from temperature control.


OPV (organic photovoltaic) modules for powering connected objects
Carnot Enterprise partnership Carnot STAR Institute - Dracula Technologies

Energy self-sufficiency in connected objects is a key issue for developing the Internet of Objects. This is why the team of FUN-PV – common to IM2NP (Carnot STAR Institute), CINAM and Dracula Technologies (DT) – is working to design and optimise organic photovoltaic cells and modules obtained by digital printing, and leveraging their respective expertise in organic electronics

Floating structure for offshore wind farms

Carnot Enterprise partnership Carnot IFPEN Ressources Energétiques Institute - SBM Offshore

Carnot IFPEN Ressources Energétiques and its partner, SBM offshore, specialist in offshore energy markets, is partnering the industrial development of offshore wind energy with a breakthrough floating support solution. Once a demonstration phase has been completed, preparation for the industrial phase will begin, with one overriding challenge: cutting costs, which is key to the competitiveness of the floating wind farm sector.