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École Polytechnique approves project for Total to be the first R&I center implemented in innovation park

Following today’s Board of Directors meeting, École Polytechnique has agreed to the installation of a new Total innovation and research center in the future innovation park, a project led by the Public Planning Institution (EPA) Paris-Saclay, to be developed east of the Saclay plateau. This implementation lays the foundation for an innovation park bringing together private and public research centers, thus nourishing the ecosystem of Institut Polytechnique de Paris and more broadly the science and technology cluster of the Paris-Saclay region. The establishment of this center for Total is consistent with the actions revolving around an ambitious research and innovation program in decarbonized energy, which will involve researchers and academic partners. This decision, made following discussions with students, professors, and staff, seals a project in line with the School’s ambitions in regard to energy transition.
École Polytechnique reaffirms its commitment to sustainable development and its determination to establish, together with its partners at Institut Polytechnique de Paris, a world-renowned research center, Energy for Climate (E4C), focused on energy transition and the fight against global warming. Industry and research actors will therefore be able to work closely together in order to reduce the time it takes to transfer innovation advances from laboratories to industrialists who benefit from the means to develop them on a larger scale.
"The establishment of Total’s innovation and research center for decarbonized energy is a continuation of partnerships with large public and private companies that the School has been developing for many years. It is part of the School’s strategy to assert itself as a major player in sustainable development. Its establishment is the first building block of the business and innovation park in partnership with EPA Paris-Saclay, which we are also developing within Institut Polytechnique de Paris," declares Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique and Institut polytechnique de Paris.
Through this center, Total aims to accelerate its research efforts in the field of decarbonized energy: renewables, batteries, carbon capture and storage, new mobility, intelligent energy management, etc.
"To achieve our ambition of carbon neutrality by 2050, there is no time left to lose. We need to accelerate research and breakthrough innovations on all solutions aiming to decarbonize energy. Establishing a presence in the Paris-Saclay ecosystem is a guarantee for success for our innovation and research center: it will strengthen our ties with researchers and academic teams of excellence across the Saclay plateau," declared Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of Total.
The future Total innovation and research center will be located in the Paris-Saclay innovation park, a project led by EPA Paris-Saclay in conjunction with École Polytechnique, within the framework of a land protocol defined in 2012. This park will bring together several companies and promote interactions between public and private research, the employability pool for doctoral students, and the development of an ecosystem for innovation and start-up development.

About École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undergraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor of Science, Ingénieur Polytechnicien (Master’s level program), Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 41% of students and 40% of faculty members).

École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in top-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 23 laboratories, 22 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique is a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

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