Research departments

ENERGY Research groups


ENERGY Department Research Teams

Our ENERGY Department is made up of two teams: SHARPAC (hybrid electric systems, electric actuators, fuel cell systems) and THERMIE (thermal energy, flow, instrumentation and energy), each of which is organized around pivotal scientific focus points in the heart of the profession and associated with transdisciplinary subject areas.

This type of organization allows for both an efficient structure for the department’s scientific projects, but also reinforces the visibility of the department’s research at the international level, and simultaneously targets both national and international industrial interests.


› SHARPAC : Systèmes électriques Hybrides, ActionneuRs électriques, systèmes Piles A Combustible


The SHARPAC team possesses transdisciplinary scientific skills in “Electrical Engineering” (electrical engineering, automatic control, industrial computing). Based on a recognized historic expertise in fuel cell systems and in electric machine design, the SHARPAC team today is completing and enlarging the breadth of its scientific activities, in the service of complete hybrid electric systems, from the source to the consumer.

The fields of application include both innovative powertrains for electric vehicles and stationary energy systems coupled with renewable energy. The team also plays a predominant role in the research federation FCLAB (FR CNRS 3539), devoted to hydrogen energy systems.

Learn more about the team.


› THERMIE (THERMAL SCIENCE) : THermique Ecoulements instRuMentatIon et Énergie

The “THERMIE” team conducts research in the fields of thermal science and fluid mechanics. These investigations are focused on energy efficiency in energy conversion systems; they require researchers to understand physical energy phenomena in the development of sensors and diagnostic methods for flow, modeling, design and the production of heat engines.

The team also takes part in FCLAB activities (Federation for Fuel Cell Research) (FR CNRS 3539) dedicated to hydrogen energy systems.

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The department also includes three transdisciplinary focus areas; the teams are thus encouraged to share their skills in numerous scientific projects.

These shared investigations thus give FEMTO-ST an important scientific value and position, making the institute a major player in the following fields:

› Systemic optimization
› Magnetocaloric devices
› Micro-cogeneration

Learn more about these transdisciplinary focus areas.