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Joint platform power

An energy conversion platform, real energy efficiency laboratory

This research and test platform allows to test the energy conversion in real conditions with significant electrical power. It will allow to bring faster to market applications that might interest railway network or electricity distribution and transmission operators, renewable energy producers or local authorities.

The applications developed will be able to increase the railway line traffic, to recover the braking energy of streetcars or to create solar energy battery charging systems for electric vehicles.

Required power for all tests

  • The installation power can reach 3 MW thanks to a connection to the 20,000 V ENEDIS network
  • A switch cabinet distributing power and electrical protection in all 4 areas, adapted to the testing equipment load
  • Available voltages:
    • Continuous: up to 1,500 V
    • Alternative: low voltage, high voltage up to 20,000 V

A vast and flexible infrastructure for safe testing

  • A 1,000 sq.m. testing surface and 1,000 sq.m. engineering offices
  • 4 m high ceilings
  • 4 testing areas :
    • Separate and secure
    • Power adaptable
  • • A 500 sq.m.n outside integration area: some container pre-integrated equipment can be supplied outside the platform, in operational conditions

A skills centre to develop and validate your products

  • Our experts are available: our experienced engineering staff, specialised in energy conversion and high voltage electrical grids is able to design grids and constitutive elements to address issues about renewable energy integration.
  • Our electronical and electrotechnical manufacturing units are in close proximity allowing us to offer optimised products integrating particular features of our customers' operating sites.

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The installation power can reach 3 MW

Genesis of the joint power platform

A partnership between local public and private stakeholders


On February 4, 2014, SCLE SFE, INP Toulouse, representing Laboratoire LAPLACE and CIRTEM signed a partnership agreement in order to create this research and test platform for energy conversion, intended for electrical and railway infrastructures.

Laboratoire LAPLACE


The Laboratoire LAPLACE (Plasmas Laboratory and energy conversion), combined unit of CNRS-UPS-INP research within the Toulouse University, represents the first national concentration in research in the electrical engineering and plasmas field thanks to 160 permanent employees and almost the same number of doctoral and post-doctoral students.

The researches conducted at LAPLACE fit into the electrical energy and plasma fields and cover a continuum of activities, including the production, transport, management, conversion and use of electricity.

The GENESYS Group (Electrical and Systemic Energy Group), one of the 12 research groups of LAPLACE is also partner of the Smart ZAE project (contract signed in 2011, under INP Toulouse administrative supervision). The team is in charge of the definition of the micro grid management laws.

An original strategy aims at being committed "off line, in the evening for the next day" on a power trajectory described by the whole micro grid perimeter (renewable sources, solar, wind, inertial storage and local consumption of the economic activity area). This trajectory planning is optimised in order to minimise the electrical bill of the economic activity area, maximising the amortisation of its equipment.

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Today, 35 employees are working at CIRTEM, Centre of Engineering and Modern Electrotechnical Technologies Reasearch. The company generates a turnover of 5 M€.

The company is a specialist in technologies of "switch-mode" electrical energy conversion. The premises are located in Toulouse. Among the references, we can mention large companies like SCLE SFE,  middle-market company like Actia and academic partners like laboratories such as LAPLACE, long-time partner of CIRTEM.

The SME from Toulouse, with its almost 30-year proven experience, intervenes on various scopes of application. From embedded sytems like automobile or aeronautics, to infrastructures for energy management and quality, through some industrial processes, CIRTEM has a large product range for energy conversion coming from its R&D, historical activity of the company. The innovation is the main element of its developments, demonstrated by the number of the simultaneous projects (around ten), collaborative or for a third party.

CIRTEM has been maintaining a partnership with SCLE SFE since 1996, based on the mutual confidence which started by the successful development of pricing generators.

SCLE SFE was the first to call on the production capacities of short and medium-size series of CIRTEM.

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