On February 11 in Satory, the VeDeCoM* Institute announced its operational launch as an Institut de la Transition Energétique (ITE - Energy Transition Institute) of the “Investment for the Future” program following the signing of an agreement with the French National Research Agency (ANR).
The VeDeCoM project, based at the Satory site in Versailles, has been labeled by the Mov'eo competitiveness cluster and led by the Mov'eoTec foundation since 2010.
Founders and partners in excellence are investing in the future of the car industry
The Mov'eoTec foundation, recently renamed the "VeDeCoM Institute", is a partnership foundation of Versailles Saint-Quentin University, with another 9 founders: CETIM, ESIGELEC, ESTACA, IFP Energies Nouvelles, IFSTTAR, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Renault, Safran and Valeo. The 10 founders were joined by another 35 partners, including 12 associate donors sharing the same rights and duties in the governance of the Institute as the founders: ATOS, CEA, INRIA, Nexyad, ParisTech, Cergy-Pontoise University, UTAC-CERAM and Transdev, as well as the two urban communities of Versailles Grand Parc and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and the public institution Paris-Saclay.
The VeDeCoM ITE schedules a budget of 67 million euros over the period 2014-2016 funded to the tune of 54% by contributions from its members and external cooperation contracts, 34% by the French state, representing an initial allocation from the 54.5 million euros set aside as part of "Investment for the Future" program managed by the ANR, and 12% by the Yvelines Council, which may contribute €20 million over 10 years.
Becoming Europe's leading research and training institute for low-carbon vehicles and mobility
VeDeCoM, a joint, partnership-based research institute, aims to become a reference in three main fields:
VeDeCoM brings together members from different industrial and service sectors (automotive industry, aviation, systems engineering, electronic components, ICT and digital simulation, infrastructure managers and transport operators, digital networks and electrical energy), several research and higher education bodies, and local authorities having agreed to collaborate in pre-competitive, prenormative research, etc.
VeDeCoM benefits from the main label of the Mov'eo competitiveness cluster, as well as the Systematic cluster. In this respect, it is complementary to the SystemX IRT - created at the end of 2012 on the Paris-Saclay Campus - one of the fields of which is multimodal transport.
Satisfaction shared by all
"The Yvelines region has been determined to support the VeDeCoM project from the outset. The operational launch of VeDeCoM is very good news for the automotive industry in general. The sector's future is being invented in the region. But is also good news for other sectors of the future - represented by energy, transport in the broad sense and digital technology", enthuses Alain Schmitz, President of the Yvelines Council. "We wanted to make the Satory site the cluster for innovative mobility, within the context of the Paris-Saclay National Interest Initiative”, he concludes.
His view is shared by Jean-Claude Hanus, President of Mov'eo: “The Mov'eo competitiveness cluster, which is proud to have been the driving force behind the creation of VeDeCoM, will continue to actively participate in this remarkable collaborative instrument in the field of mobility”.
"It is both as Head of Engineering at the Renault Group and President of the Automotive Technical Committee that I would like to share my enthusiasm and confidence in a collaborative initiative of this dimension. With the signing of this agreement, the first stone has been laid, providing the foundations for a dynamic drive that will enable us to take up the major energy challenges of our era together", declares Jean-Michel Billig.
The founding members and associate donors of VeDeCoM :
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