At a time when the reorganization of research in France is increasingly hinged around the reinforcement of regional clusters, IFP Energies nouvelles is actively involved in supporting development in these regions, particularly in Rhône-Alpes, increasing their competitiveness and appeal.
To facilitate the joint work of the three pillars of innovation represented by research, training and industry, IFP Energies nouvelles is playing the role of “research operator” and relaying, on the ground, the new tools provided by the State.
Its commitment to innovation and its support for the local economic fabric, particularly SMEs, is illustrated primarily by its involvement in the Lyon and Rhône-Alpes Axelera Chemistry and Environment and Lyon Urban Truck & Bus competitiveness clusters, of which it is a founding member.
In 2008, IFP Energies nouvelles also supported the creation of two new research platforms: the analytical chemistry research, expertise, service and training center (ISA) and the Lyon Chemistry Institute (ICL). These platforms have been designed to pool resources in order to support large-scale investments and develop “chemistry” expertise in the Lyon region.
Supporting government agencies such as Ademe and Oseo, IFP Energies nouvelles is also acting as an innovation process facilitator assisting the entrepreneurial implementation of projects in the field. As part of this process, IFP Energies nouvelles has used its expertise in the field of applied research to assess projects and has sat on regional panels that award prizes to companies and innovative projects.
Keen to facilitate the transfer of technology from the academic setting to industry, IFP Energies nouvelles became a scientific partner of the University of Lyon (PRES), and was involved in the construction of the new education and research organization, in the context of the Plan Campus operation and fitting squarely with its activities.
In particular, it is involved in a collaborative platform project based in the Rhône-Alpes region led by Axelera, known as Axel'One. IFP Energies nouvelles may use this to reinforce and increase its partnerships with players in the region.
IFP Energies nouvelles-Lyon is a member of that region's public-sector research federation (CEPRRA) and is also one of the Lyon École Doctorale de Chimie‘s (Postgraduate School of Chemistry's) host laboratories.
With its close involvement in the economic development of companies working in the new sustainable development technologies sector in the region, in 2008 IFP Energies nouvelles played an active role in drawing up Greater Lyon's Cleantech plan, designed to promote the emergence of eco-industries and support the transformation of Chemical Valley.
It channels IFP Energies nouvelles's expertise towards SMEs with a view to supporting technological innovation. Working with roughly 30 SMEs a year is another aspect of Lyon site's efforts to cement its local presence. A number of companies in the Rhône-Alpes region manufacture or market products using IFP Energies nouvelles-developed technology.