Success Stories

Enerbee: harvesting energy from motion

Enerbee is a start-up compagny born from a partnership between Carnot Energies du Futur Institute, G2Elab and Carnot CEA-Leti. It offers an innovative energy harvesting device including a piezo-magnetic energy system, an electronics energy management, and a wireless transmission of information. This devices differs from existing harvesting systems by its ability to generate energy from omni-directional motions which can be ultra-slow or fast, away from a few milimeters to 1 cm across space as trough walls.

Enerbee open new perspectives in the sensor market with its ease of implementation (without battery, wireless) in a wide range of applications such as ball bearings and counting systems (water meter, gas meter...). The Enerbee technology is intended for applications such as building automation and home, automotive and medical. Enerbee success is confirmed by wining the Worlwide Innovation Challenge award last year.

McPhy: Storing hydrogen on the hydrides

McPhy Energy has signed its first contract research with CEA-Liten in July 2009. The partnership is supported by the Institut Carnot “Energies du future”, led to the implementation on an industrial scale tanks. Today McPhy markets its innovative solutions for hydrogen storage. The growing of McPhy was dazzling, and the company quickly contracted abroad. We can find in its customers the Enel (Italian leader electricity supply) and Iwatani Corporation (Japan's leading provider of hydrogen).

Vesta-system: active management of energy flow in buildings

Vesta-system is a Grenoble start-up, born in the beginning of 2011, from two laboratories of the institut Carnot “Energies du futur” (G2Elab and G-SCOP). Vesta-system is making a software, managing actively energy flow in the buildings. This can anticipate on a whole day (24 hours) the whole energy system of a building, considering different parameters (weather forecast, acting and uses of habitants, local power, network information, buildings parameters,…) to optimize energy expenditure. Schneider, Thales and orange are now in the company customer portfolio.

SymbioFCELL: lower the production cost of fuel cell

SymbioFCell is a company that was born in April 2010, following a project supported by “Energies du future” between CEA-Liten Grenoble and Siemens partnership. SymbioFCell developing hydrogen fuel cells for the transport sector (between 5 and 20 kW and between 40 and 300 kilowatts). In September 2012, SymbioFCell inaugurated the first European production site hydrogen fuel cell systems based on Siemens Energy site in Grenoble. Besides a large fleet of electric cars that captive Green GT H2 (24H du Mans 2012) the company should acquire thirty HY Kangoo.

Freemens : extend and guarantee the battery life

Freemens is a start-up created in October 2011 in Grenoble. It comes from laboratory G2ELab, which is a joint research unit of Grenoble INP, CNRS and Université Joseph Fourier. Freemens has designed solutions for the sustainable management of electrochemical storage. The objective is to extend and ensure a long battery life.

Examples of research partnerships (FR-2014)


Examples of research partnerships (FR-2013)


Examples of research partnerships (FR -2012)

Examples of research partnerships (FR -2011)

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