Electric mobility: Valeo and the CEA now partners in advanced research on power electronics

Valeo and the CEA announced on September 13 that they had signed an agreement to collaborate on the next generations of power electronics, which are at the heart of the challenges of tomorrow’s electric mobility. Their teams will work together on innovative electronic technologies, in order to improve the efficiency of electric vehicles (gain in autonomy), to optimize the traction chain and to reduce the weight of on-board power electronics.

Valeo, an automotive supplier, has 103,300 employees, 64 R&D centers including Valeo.ai, a research center dedicated to artificial intelligence for automotive applications located in Paris, and is present in 31 countries.

It is one of the technological and industrial leaders in electrification, driving aids, reinventing the interior experience and lighting and intends to be one of the leaders in the mobility of tomorrow.

On February 25, Christophe Périllat, Chief Executive Officer of Valeo, launched the Move Up plan, which covers the period 2022-2025 and is part of a long-term vision of cleaner and safer mobility. He then said:

“Move Up is the construction of a technologically stronger and ideally positioned Group, which is accelerating in electrification, ADAS, the reinvention of life on board and lighting all around and inside the vehicle. Move Up means taking advantage today of the mobility of tomorrow. »

Valeo-CEA cooperation

In an electric vehicle, power electronics have a key role in controlling the motor, managing the vehicle’s energy and its charging speed. Within this cooperation, Valeo brings its expertise in power electronics.

Xavier Dupont, President of Valeo’s Powertrain Systems division, said:

“The world of mobility is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, which is reflected in a considerable acceleration of electrification. Valeo is at the heart of these transformations, and this new cooperation with the CEA in the field of power electronics will allow us to accelerate further in the field of electrification, by offering the best technologies while meeting the challenge of carbon neutrality. »

As for the CEA, it brings its expertise in the fields of microelectronics and materials, but also its skills in the definition and design of a digital twin to optimize the conversion systems studied.

Sébastien Dauvé, Director of CEA-Leti, says:

“This agreement confirms the mobilization of the CEA teams on the important issues related to the electrification of vehicles. This partnership is completely in line with our mission to support the industry, which extends from the design of innovative power components to the development of high-performance conversion systems. We are delighted to support Valeo in its strategy and our teams are very motivated by the challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. »

This agreement is part of the IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest) dedicated to electronics, which aims to promote innovation in strategic and promising industrial fields (France 2030) through projects transnational Europeans.

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Electric mobility: Valeo and the CEA now partners in advanced research on power electronics

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