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January 11, 2021 | Three CEA startups challenge tomorrow's societal transitions

visuel site CES2021 VFFrom January 11 to 14, 2021, the CEA will participate in the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) for the 7th consecutive year. For this 100% digital version, the CEA is supporting 3 startups spun off from its laboratories that have developed technological solutions in response to three major societal challenges: the energy transition, the digital transition and the medicine of the future.

Come and discover them on the CES 2021 website. We are expecting many of you.



Digital transition | Alkalee: a software suite equipped to bring agility and openness to the vehicles of tomorrow

Today's connected vehicles, and tomorrow's autonomous vehicles, require adapted electronic and electrical architectures to simplify the integration of new software functionalities and thus shorten time to market.

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Alkalee, a spin-off startup from CEA-List, resulted from the FACE project (a collaboration between CEA, Renault, Mitsubishi and Nissan), has therefore designed a software suite equipped with tools for the rapid and secure integration of functionalities on a centralized and flexible platform. Compatible with the vehicle's existing infrastructure, it facilitates the integration of new services at any time, particularly in terms of connectivity and autonomy. For the CES 2021, Alkalee shows a very realistic demonstrator that simulates the deployment of new functionalities on a vehicle in just a few clicks.

Read more about Alkalee here.


Medicine of the future | iUMTEK: for rapid quantitative and qualitative diagnosis of air pollution

Startup of the Cleantech (innovations in the field of risk prevention, health and environment) co-founded with the CEA Investment, iUMTEK designs industrial chemical analyzers in situ, making real-time measurements. These devices use laser-induced plasma spectroscopy (LIBS for Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy). Evaporated by laser, the material locally forms a plasma analyzed by a spectrometer. Its emission lines are compared to a database that detects the elements present and their concentrations. This technique can be used to analyze all types of materials.

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iUMTEK presents at CES its TX 1000 LIBS analyzer. This versatile instrument can quickly and reliably detect elemental chemicals in solids, liquids and gases. This technology could for example monitor and analyze air quality in real time and quickly alert industrialists and authorities in case of pollution.

Read more about iUMTEK here.


Energy Transition | Wise-Integration: The World's Smallest Electric Bike Charger

Most of the devices we use need to be recharged daily. Wise-Integration, a CEA-Leti spin-off startup, has set itself the goal of reducing energy losses in power converters by developing very compact, fast and integrated power supplies.

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For the 2021 CES, Wise-Integration is presenting a prototype of the world's smallest electric bicycle charger, the Power Cube. The 100W Power Cube measures 3inch3 and weighs 130g, three and four times less than current chargers, respectively. Its secret: a reduced number of components and a clever architecture of the electronic elements. With a record efficiency of 96%, the Power Cube can be integrated into electrical appliances or directly into walls without the risk of overheating, eliminating today's bulky external chargers.

Read more about Wise-Integration here.



January 7, 2021 | ENGIE, Bureau Veritas and the CEA assure the traceability of green energy thanks to blockchain

CP Engie BV List 250Bureau Veritas and the CEA execute the first validation of smart contracts by formal proof for the digital solution of the startup ENGIE TEO (The Energy Origin), reinforcing clients’ confidence on the origin of their green energy.

Incubated by ENGIE, the internal startup TEO (The Energy Origin) allows the Group’s professional clients – companies and local authorities – to embark on the path of green energy consumption. Thanks to the solution developed by TEO, clients can not only choose the source of energy most adapted to their needs, whether solar or wind, but also precisely identify the site that will produce this energy from within the portfolio of ENGIE’s renewable plants, in order to select a source closest to their sites of consumption. Seven days a week, clients are informed of the source of the energy consumed, as well as the positive impact generated, communicated in terms such as tons of CO2 avoided, the amount of auto emissions avoided, or trees planted.

The TEO solution depends upon blockchain, and more specifically upon the execution of smart contracts, irrevocable information programs that execute a number of predefined instructions. The mandatory value of these contracts is not guaranteed by law, but directly by the digital code. ENGIE has partnered with Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification, and the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), a French public research body, to conduct an audit of the solution and validate the precision of the processes and calculations generated by TEO. By leaning upon their expertise in formal methodologies and proof of ownership, the researchers of CEA-List, the CEA institute dedicated to intelligent digital systems, have led an in-depth study of the code for these smart contracts, establishing the correspondences between the defined requirements and effective implementation of these contracts. Bureau Veritas validated the methodology used by the CEA and verified its corresponding execution by TEO. The three partners thus demonstrated how smart contracts developed by TEO allow ENGIE clients to establish traceability of the green energy consumed.

«For ENGIE, whose ambition is to accelerate the energy transition towards carbon neutrality, this collaboration marks a further step in supporting our clients towards sustainable and environmentally friendly solution. By choosing to join forces with world-renowned expert partners, ENGIE is once again affirming its desire to integrate innovation and technology into the heart of its practices, and to respond increasingly to the need to customize customer solutions.», says Vincent Verbeke, a member of the Executive Committee of ENGIE's Global Energy Management business unit.

«Smart contracts are at the heart of many market platforms and require new verification processes. The validation of smart contracts by Bureau Veritas provides all participants in the blockchain with the assurance that they are operating in accordance with their expectations. In this innovative project, Bureau Veritas verifies the process and the result of the program’s calculations using a solid methodology defined with the CEA. This is an important step in the development of this technology.», adds Thomas Daubigny, Chief Digital Officer of Bureau Veritas.

«For 20 years, the CEA-List has directed its skills towards proof and validation in service of software confidence. The need for this expertise is growing as citizens ask more from the digital systems with which they interact. The CEA-List, fulfilling its mission of transferring research to industry, has joined forces with Bureau Veritas, an expert in certification, to strengthen confidence in the blockchain technologies used by ENGIE. It is thus extending its scope to deal with new generations of distributed digital systems, the use of which is spreading very rapidly» says Alexandre Bounouh, Director of the CEA-List Institute.

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