The Plasma and Energy Conversion Laboratory is a Joint Research Unit of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse (INPT) and the Paul Sabatier University (UPS) which are located in two geographical sites. LAPLACE Belonging to the University Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées and participates in all actions aimed at defining a scientific strategy of the site associating universities, schools of engineers and research organizations on a perimeter "Sciences of the Engineering And Systems ". The major challenges of the next twenty years are the energy transition of our society. It is based on sobriety and energy efficiency, the development of renewable energies and the reduction in the impact of current sectors.
The ambitious national figures imply a revision of our modes of production and our systems of urban, peri-urban and rural organization. These changes should ensure the transition from a predominantly fossil energy to a mainly renewable energy for which electricity will be the major vector alongside new storage vectors. The main research at LAPLACE is the study of the physical mechanisms of energy conversion to the systems that implement them and are therefore at the heart of these concerns.
Generation, transport, management, conversion and use of electricity are the included areas of application whose specificity leads him to have an important scientific production while having perennial research partnerships with institutional like ocean region/feder anr oseo / bpifrance funding / CDC, etc and industrial partnerships include SAFRAN, AIRBUS, SIEMENS, etc. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and houses recognized platforms and shared platforms like CARMAT and PPM. CARMAT involves in the characterization of materials which results in the pooling of equipment and it proposes measuring instruments in different scientific domains like imaging domain, domain of characterization of thin layer materials and field of characterization of electrical properties. It enables it to cover an approach going from the concept to the demonstrator. LAPLACE is not only the highest concentration only to cover in an integrated way the plasma or materials or systems continuum.
The scientific policy of the laboratory is relied on the definition and development of transversal actions which constitute a major tool for the integration of the scientific project of the unit. They differ from intergroup collaborations as they involve several groups in a collaborative framework with shared objectives. Integrated in its ecosystem, LAPLACE collaborates with other laboratories of the Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Federal University and interacts with the IRT and the national ITE to develop activities on themes in total harmony with the major scientific issues identified in our Such as health or the modes of transport of the future. Implementation of materials and the study of the physico-chemical phenomena related to power electronics are the main activities of the Materials Preparation Platform (PPM). Two-phase loop with capillary pumping, hydrophobic gradient enclosure and electrodynamics pumping module are the few examples of achievements.