The IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute, a member of the Carnot network for more than 12 years!

The IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute was awarded the “Carnot Institute” label by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation as soon as it was launched, in 2006. It has been pursuing its mission within the Carnot network for more than 12 years now. Today, the network is made up of 38 Carnot. The objective is to pool the resources of research structures and develop partnership research to support innovation within companies - from SMEs to major groups - and among socio-economic players.


IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute

Carnot IFPEN Transports Energie

A Carnot Institute addressing the challenges of sustainable mobility

Changing transport modes coupled with climate and environmental imperatives requires an unprecedented mobilization targeting the challenges of sustainable mobility in order to:

  • reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions,
  • diversify energy sources,
  • take into account evolving transport modes.

To support this transformation and help companies develop a more disruptive innovation, the IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute is positioned at the heart of the sustainable mobility and energy ecosystems. We explore technological avenues relating to electrified mobility, connected mobility and mobility with a low environmental impact:

Increased innovation support for mobility sector companies

The IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute’s activities are hinged around two objectives: to address the innovation needs of industry and facilitate access of companies – from micro-companies, SMEs and intermediate-sized companies to large groups – to dedicated research facilities. In concrete terms, this entails providing a structured offer to support mobility players, thereby contributing to the creation of an ecosystem of innovative companies. We are committed to supporting the innovation efforts of companies, an approach reinforced by the Carnot network in 2016, with the creation of the Carnauto and AirCar Carnot Institute projects for industrial sectors.

Target markets
•    Automotive
•    Aviation
•    Energy
•    Off-road, heavy trucks
•    River, maritime
•    Rail
•    Urban transport

Our skills and expertise
•    Powertrain system architecture design and vehicle integration
•    System simulations and real-time simulation
•    Mobility services via Web and mobile applications 
•    Powertrain control and optimization of onboard energy
•    Magnetic flow modeling and calculation of electromotive forces
•    Electric machine technologies for traction and turbomachines
•    Power electronics and electric machine control
•    Electricity generation and storage systems
•    3D combustion modeling and advanced diagnostics
•    Passenger and heavy-duty vehicle IC engine technologies (gasoline, diesel, gas, etc.)
•    Pollutant emissions characterization and after-treatment system developments
•    Powertrain/fuel compatibility and alternative fuels
•   Thermal energy recovery systems


Covering all of the mobility expertise and themes of interest to the IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute, the proposed offer is hinged around three major priorities:

  • Innovation
    The IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute develops innovative solutions to address technological challenges and market needs. It also provides companies with access to high-performance experimental resources and digital tools aimed at reducing development costs and times. These services are supported by an active policy and proven expertise in terms of industrial protection.
  • Technological development and technology transfer
    The IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute supports industrial sectors, covering a very broad range of technological readiness levels (TRL 1 to 9). Partnership research lies at the heart of our economic model: it takes the form of joint product developments with licensing out operations, strategic partnerships or collaborative research contracts.
  • Collaboration and the network
    The IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute enjoys privileged relations with industry (from micro-companies, SMEs and intermediate-sized companies to major industrial groups) and plays an active role in numerous competitiveness clusters (Mov’eo, CARA, Systematic, Astech, etc.). It conducts pooled and targeted activities within the context of the Carnot network for industrial sectors, as a coordinator of Carnauto for the vehicle sector and as a partner in Aircar for the aviation sector.
    It belongs to international networks of academic partners and R&D laboratories and maintains an active presence within European bodies representing research and industry (EARPA, ERTRAC, EGVIA).


Expertise recognized by the public authorities

In 2018, ADEME and the IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute published the results of an “Economic, energy and environmental study for French road transport technologies” (E4T).

Appointed as an expert by the French government, and a member of the Independent Commission on Diesel Vehicle Emissions, the IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute submitted its finalized public report in 2017. The report provides an insight — particularly for the benefit of the Commission’s non-expert members — into differences between emissions over harmonized test cycles and those in real operating conditions, behind Dieselgate. 



Gaëtan MONNIER, Director of the IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute



Our scientific resourcing activities supported by the Carnot network
In order to support actions implemented to achieve these objectives, each Carnot institute receives financial aid from the French State, calculated as a function of its volume of partnership activities. A virtuous logic, since this support enables the Carnot Institutes to conduct scientific resourcing actions (development of new methodologies, skills building, etc.) that ultimately pave the way for new partnerships.

For example, in recent years, the network’s financial support has enabled the IFPEN Transports Energie Carnot Institute to carry out research on:
- new approaches to high-efficiency electric motors and inverters for transport, with the development of new-generation synchronous motor technology HSM (Hybrid Synchronous Motor) that deliver a highly promising compromise between achievable performance (power/torque density and efficiency) and their manufacturing and maintenance costs. Research has also focused on developing control algorithms for these machines;
- disruptive combustion systems, in order to identify combustion processes making it possible to achieve efficiency levels in excess of 50% in certain operating conditions;
- engine heat recovery, with a view to establishing proofs of concept to expand the ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle, heat recovery system) product range, initially designed for stationary applications, to include transport applications, within the context of the partnership with the SME Enogia.

The Carnot network
The Carnot network is a multidisciplinary R&D network. It is made up of 38 public research structures, representing 18% of the public research workforce and 50% of companies’ R&D contracts.

To find out more about the Carnot network 
> www.instituts-carnot.eu