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Amiens set to become European energy storage capital

27 Jan 2017 | Front page, A region on the move

Greater Amiens has launched Energeia, a new center for energy independence that joins the city’s Bloc health technology cluster and its ADN digital development cluster. Working together, these three centers of expertise will spur innovation and collaborative research in Hauts-de-France.

The Hub will be the nerve center for a new Amiens-based energy storage cluster.

Energeia cluster concentrates world-class expertise in Amiens

The new Energeia cluster will rely on the city's unique network of R&D assets in the energy sector. These include:

- the Laboratory of Reactivity and Chemistry of Solids (LCRS) at University of Picardy Jules Verne, where researchers are working on sodium ion batteries and other new methods of energy storage

- RS2E, a French research network dedicated to electrochemical energy storage that brings together 15 industrial companies, 17 laboratories and three government-funded organizations, all conducting research on batteries and supercapacitors.

Officially launched on November 25, 2016, Energeia will create a community of innovators (including laboratories and technology transfer centers), financial backers (among them Bpl, Caisse des Dépôts, and Picardie Investissement) and industrial players such as Enedis, Mersen, Renault and Enercon, a major wind turbine manufacturer.

 

3 strategic priorities

The Energeia cluster will focus on three strategic priorities:

- mobility powered by the battery of the future-electric vehicles, rapid-transit bus service and storage

- home energy-self-consumption, materials, structure and energy retrofitting

- smart grids-energy management, smart meters, renewable energies and energy recovery/harvesting.

 

Plans for new Energy Hub symbolize regional commitment

Local communities have also pledged to build a new energy center in Amiens.

Dubbed the Energy Hub, this 5,500-sq m building will span three levels and house tools and precision technology dedicated to renewable energies, green growth and electrochemical energy storage. A center of technological excellence for LRCS and a nerve center for research, training and industry, the new site will be among the largest of its kind in Europe.<xml></xml>

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