Major player in research, development and innovation, the Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission works in four main areas: carbon-free energy, defense and global security, information and health technologies.

To be at the highest level of research, CEA has several strengths: a cross-cultural research centre for synergies between fundamental research and technological innovation, outstanding facilities (supercomputers, research reactors, large physics instruments, lasers power ...) and finally a strong involvement in the industrial and economic environment.


The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carried out research in all fields of knowledge, through its seven institutes: Biological, Chemistry, Ecology and Environment, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Sciences and Technologies, Engineering and Systems Sciences, Physics.

CNRS laboratories (or research units) are located throughout France, and employ a large body of tenured researchers, engineers, and support staff. CNRS's annual budget represents a quarter of French public spending on civilian research. This funding comes from various sources.


The National Institut for Solar Energy (INES) has been created in 2006 by the french government, to promote and develop solar energy in France. It is France’s center of reference in the field of solar energy. Based at Savoie Technolac on the shores of Lake Bourget, the institute was set up with the backing of Savoie Départemental Council and Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, and includes research and development teams from the CEA, CNRS, University of Savoie and CSTB.

The Research and Innovation Division ensures close links between pure research and applied research carried out in association with industry on solar thermal, photovoltaic and building energy. The objectives are :


EXOSUN provides global solutions for utility-scale photovoltaic plants equipped with solar trackers. As a leading solar engineering company, EXOSUN designs, develops and supplies a range of patented solar tracking systems with the lowest life cycle cost on the market, delivered with a full range of associated engineering services. In parallel, EXOSUN is highly involved in the R&D of future solar technologies.

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