CEA Tech showcased at French Residence
On Tuesday 30 May, the Embassy’s nuclear department and Business France organized a CEA Tech presentation to an audience of representatives from major companies (Rolls-Royce, PwC, GlaxoSmithKline, Laing O’Rourke, ENGIE Axima etc.).
CEA Tech is one of the four operational divisions of the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), a public research body with 16,000 employees and an annual budget of over €4.7 billion. The CEA was created in 1945 to provide France with a nuclear deterrent force and a means of electricity production. These activities made it possible to build high-tech research facilities, cultivate high-level skills and enrich the intellectual property of the CEA (which today has around 4,700 patents), ranked by Reuters as the second most innovative research institution in the world in 2017.
Armed with its expertise and patents, the CEA has made full use of its skills in other sectors, particularly by developing its activities in new (non-nuclear) technologies: renewable energy, energy storage, sensors, chips, micro- and nanotechnology, smart digital systems etc. This determination has given rise to CEA Tech, which brings together all these activities, carried out by 4,500 researchers and with an annual budget of €650 million. CEA Tech now registers more than 600 patents a year and has set itself the goal of forging links between research and industry.
The event on 30 May at the French Residence provided CEA Tech with an opportunity to introduce its activities and strengths to businesses for which new technologies may be a factor setting them apart from the competition: improving the efficiency of production lines, combating forgery, monitoring the condition of equipment in real time to prevent it from deteriorating, on-board detection and tracking systems etc. We hope these contacts will soon become new partnerships and contracts with British industry.