The CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). It is a public body established in October 1945. A leader in research, development and innovation, the CEA is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research.
The CEA will be involved in the project through its LITEN institute. LITEN has a staff of 1000 people. Every year LITEN puts in place 400 research contracts and carries out R&D on behalf of industrial partners from a wide range of market segments: energy, land transportation, aerospace, construction, civil engineering, environmental, and IT industries, amongst others. Intellectual property forms a major part of LITEN activities. LITEN has a portfolio of 1,100 international patents, filing 200 patents in 2012, 235 in 2013, and 230 in 2014.
LITEN has a strong expertise in photovoltaics (400 people working on solar energy and building energy efficiency) and thin film deposition technologies (thin-film solar cells, heterojunction solar cells, thin-film batteries, thin-film optical coatings, etc.). Particularly, LITEN developed a considerable experience in CIGS and CZTSSe technologies with the participation to several FP7 European project dedicated on these materials.