Energy

IN-TRACKS: tracking energy consumption

Nowadays, companies are encouraged to track their energy consumption, specifically to limit their greenhouse gas emissions. IN-TRACKS, a start-up created last November, has developed a smart dashboard to visualize energy usage.   “With rising energy costs, these days it is useful for companies and individuals to identify their excessive uses …

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Plastic waste: transforming a problem into energy

Déchets plastiques, plastic waste

The linear life cycle of plastics, too rarely recycled, exerts a heightened pressure on the environment. The process of gasification makes it possible to reduce this impact by transforming more waste – currently incinerated or left in landfill – into useful resources like hydrogen or biomethane. Javier Escudero, process engineering …

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Antoine Fécant, winner of the 2021 IMT-Académie des Sciences Young Scientist Prize

Antoine Fécant

Antoine Fécant, new energy materials researcher at IFP Energies Nouvelles, has worked on many projects relating to solar and biosourced fuel production and petrol refining. His work has relevance for the energy transition and, this year, was recognized by the IMT-Académie des Science Young Scientist Prize. “Energy is a central …

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Nuclear fission reveals new secrets

fission spin, nucléaire

Almost 80 years after the discovery of nuclear fission, it continues to unveil its mysteries. The latest to date: an international collaboration has discovered what makes the fragments of nuclei spin after fission. This offers insights into how atom nuclei work and into improving our future nuclear power plants. Take …

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ThermiUp: a new heat recovery device

Thermiup

ThermiUP helps meet the challenge of energy-saving in buildings. This start-up, incubated at IMT Atlantique, is set to market a device that transfers heat from grey water to fresh water. Its director, Philippe Barbry, gives us an overview of the system. What challenges does the start-up ThermiUp help meet? Philippe Barbry: Saving energy is an …

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Eclore and ThermiUp, new beneficiaries of the IMT “Industry & Energy 4.0” honor loans

fonds industrie

After the IMT Digital Fund, Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) and the Fondation Mines-Télécom launched a second fund last October, dedicated to the sciences of energy, materials and processes: “Industry & Energy 4.0”. Its committee, made up of experts from the major partners of the Fondation Mines-Télécom (Orange, BNP Paribas, Accenture, Airbus, Dassault Systèmes …

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In search of a future for fast neutron reactors

In August 2019, it was announced that the Astrid project for sodium fast reactors (SFR) was to be abandoned. In late 2020, Stéphanie Tillement, a researcher at IMT Atlantique, analyzed the rationale behind this abandonment in an article for I’MTech. But what is the global situation? Does this technology still have a …

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Carbon-free hydrogen: how to go from gray to green?

hydrogène décarboné carbon-free hydrogen

The industrial roll-out of hydrogen production only makes sense if it emits little or no carbon dioxide. Researchers at IMT schools are working on various alternatives to the use of fossil fuels, such as electrolysis and photocatalysis of water, plasma pyrolysis of methane, and pyrolysis and gasification of biomass. Currently, …

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Power-to-gas, when hydrogen electrifies research

Hydrogen is presented as an energy vector of the future. In a power-to-gas system, it serves as an intermediary for the transformation of electricity into synthetic methane. The success of this energy solution depends heavily on its production cost, so IMT researchers are working on optimizing the different processes for a …

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Hydrogen: transport and storage difficulties

Does hydrogen hold the key to the great energy transition to come? France and other countries believe this to be the case, and have chosen to invest heavily in the sector. Such spending will be needed to solve the many issues raised by this energy carrier. One such issue is …

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