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03 July 2017

Grenoble-Alps-Isère Ambassador: Florence Lambert, Director of the CEA Liten

“An incredible ecosystem for renewable energy”


Florence Lambert has been head of the CEA Liten for the past four years. She trained at Grenoble INP and is an expert on batteries. The CEA Liten is a research institution dedicated to renewable energy. As a passionate ambassador for her region, Florence Lambert has worked hard to develop the international renown of the Grenoble ecosystem. She has helped build relationships with major research centers worldwide. As a result, the CEA Liten recently signed an agreement with the Taiwanese research center, ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute). This agreement will expand the exchange of information and students as well as support French technology being exported to Taiwan.


Could you present the CEA Liten?

The CEA Liten is one of three primary research centers in the world that focus on renewable energy (the other two being the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S. and Fraunhofer in Germany). Our institution employs 1,200 people in Grenoble and Chambéry. Its major advantage is that we cover the entire value chain from material synthesis to the pre-industrialization of components. In this field of research, the CEA Liten is one of the world’s most innovative laboratories. We manage a portfolio of 1,500 patents with 240 patents being filed every year. The institution acts as a link between fundamental research and industry. We negotiate approximately 400 research contracts per year with companies from startups to major corporations. Companies that collaborate with us have access to 14 technological platforms that cover the entire range of subjects related to renewable energy (e.g., photovoltaics, bioressources, producing and storing hydrogen, batteries, etc.).


Why did the CEA Liten sign an agreement with ITRI in Taiwan?

For the past two years, we have been working to expand the CEA Liten’s international relationships by creating alliances with leading research centers worldwide. The agreement we signed with ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) is part of this strategy. The AEPI-Invest in Grenoble-Isère, France helped facilitate this relationship and it will enable us to have a unique partner in Asia where there are numerous players working on renewable energy.


We launched collaborative initiatives with NREL and MIT in the U.S., and we are fostering relationships with developing countries such as Tunisia, Morocco and India, all of which are interested in renewable energy technology. These partnerships will help foster the exchange of students and facilitate the transfer of French technology to foreign countries.


Why did you choose to work in Grenoble?

I was born in Grenoble. I studied in Grenoble, first at the Champollion high school and then at Grenoble INP. We are lucky enough to have an incredible ecosystem for everything related to renewable energy. In terms of research and education, there is the CEA Liten, Grenoble INP, UJF and the CNRS. We also collaborate with the Carnot Institute Energies du Futur. Our industrial base is very dynamic. For example, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region hosts 75% of French players in the hydrogen industry.


The local authorities also contribute actively to the ecosystem by supporting the implementation of large-scale projects such as HyWay, which is Europe’s largest hybrid electric-hydrogen fleet. Our goal is to have the same success in renewable energy as the CEA has had in microelectronics over the past few decades.


Florence Lambert

  • 2000: PhD thesis at Grenoble INP (study of aging in lead batteries used for photovoltaic systems)
  • 2003: First management position at CEA Cadarache
  • 2006: Participated in the creation of a research center for solar energy in Chambéry (now known as INES)
  • 2009: Director of the CEA Liten Transport Department
  • 2013: Director of CEA Liten
  • 2014: Leading the plan for energy storage as part of France’s strategy for reindustrialization


About Alps Is(h)ere Ambassadors: a community to promote Grenoble-Isère

As international competition increases between various regions, the AEPI brings together a community of Alpes Is(h)ere Ambassadors to encourage economic development in the Isère department. Ambassadors include entrepreneurs, engineers, researchers, students, artists and athletes. By sharing their engagement in the Grenoble-Isère region, each ambassador promotes the region’s advantages throughout their professional network. The AEPI is here to support you in promoting the advantages and values of the Isère department, both in France and abroad.

To learn more:

http://www.grenoble-isere.com/ambassadeurs/, LinkedIN group or ambassadeurs@grenoble-isere.com