February 12, 2020

Leading European and U.S. institutions join Fundación Chile to compete for the Chilean Institute of Clean Technologies

• Namely, these are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); the French National Institute for Energy Transition "CEA-Liten"; the Colorado State University Energy Institute "CSU"; and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Four eminent leading international organizations in the development of clean energy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology “MIT”; French National Institute for Energy Transition “CEA-Liten”; Colorado State University Energy Institute “CSU”; and German Aerospace Center “DLR”), joined Fundación Chile to design and to compete for the Instituto Chileno de Tecnologías Limpias (the Chilean Institute of Clean Technologies), which seeks to promote solar energy, low emission mining, and concrete progress in the lithium and other minerals industry.

“With this alliance we seek to make the most out of the unprecedented opportunity of what clean energy means to Chile; combining the best international experience with the development of local institutions’ capacities, such as universities, research centers, entrepreneurs, venture capital funds, and industry,” said Robin Hervé, CEA-Liten’s representative in Chile.

The consortium’s proposal seeks innovating in the institutionality of this type of organizations in Chile inspired by the successful experiences in its international partners’ countries. In addition, its governance will seek ensuring the public nature of this centre, guaranteeing that its funds are allocated to research applied to the challenges of the industries.

Its design will prioritize the participation of local and regional entities, holding at the heart of its strategy the open architecture principle, allowing any institution that presents a suitable project to compete – with the support of industry- for a place in its project’s portfolio, which includes, but is not limited to, funding. 

The consortium’s vision is that Chile will not only ride the wave of energy transition, but will also be able to influence it by generating knowledge and technology while diversifying its productive matrix. 

“Counting with the support of such a prestigious group of international institutions is a luxury for our country. With this we do not intend to compete with the local institutions, but rather the opposite, to help our national entities to improve their applied research capabilities and step forward to work closer with the industry,” said Andrés Pesce, VP of Business Development and Sustainability at Fundación Chile.

It is worth noting that the Instituto Chileno de Tecnologías Limpias – currently receiving proposals – is an initiative promoted by Corfo seeking to select the proposal to install a technological institute in Chile that will: develop research and development activities; transfer of technology and innovation; specialized technological and technical assistance; technological dissemination or research generation and information to support regulation and public policies in the areas of solar energy, sustainable mining, and advanced lithium and other mineral materials, in addition to the development of complementary technologies to the lithium industry in the development of batteries. 


About CEA

CEA is the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission. It is a state-run R&D centre created in 1945 to develop technological capacities, subsequently transferred to the French nuclear industry, achieving the country’s energy independence. Based on this successful experience, the French National Institute for Energy Transition (CEA-Liten) was created in 2004, seeking to develop technological capacities based on 3 pillars: solar energy, hydrogen, and lithium batteries. CEA-Liten’s 1200 researchers and technicians operate 14 technological platforms designed to meet the needs of its 350+ industrial clients. For more information visit 

About CSU

The Colorado State University (CSU) Energy Institute seeks to develop innovative solutions to the world’s energy challenges and actively works to achieve a global impact. It does this by using science to study and quantify energy impacts; technology to develop solutions; policy studies to help shape government needs; entrepreneurship and economics to implement solutions at scale; and behavioral science to include the human capital dimension. It works with students and general public to create an educated population and develop future leaders in the field. The Institute has over 230 faculty members and specialized research facilities to study natural gas technology, the integration of renewable energy into next generation electricity grids, photovoltaics, biofuels, hydrogen, electric vehicles and battery technology.

About DLR

DLR, through its Solar Energy Institute, develops concentrating solar technologies for electricity, heat generation processes, and fuel. The Institute joins together basic research and large-scale implementation. It collaborates with industry and research partners to develop solutions with application-oriented research.

It uses cost-effective technologies to supply the global growing solar energy market with on-demand electricity, high-temperature heat processes, and sustainable fuel production. The Institute understands that the development of new concentrating solar power technologies is a long-term, complex and multidisciplinary process, requiring several steps to bring an initial idea to market maturity. Therefore, the ultimate goal is to transfer the knowledge, especially to companies in the industry that are active in the world market.

About MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private university located in Cambridge (United States). The emphasis of its work is on applied technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and it has maintained a close collaboration with the industry. Currently, through its Energy initiative, it has developed a center whose mission is to develop low and non-carbon solutions that efficiently meet global energy needs while minimizing environmental impacts and mitigating climate change.

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