Research and Development: ADEME and Total Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance the Energy Efficiency of Industrial Processes



October 15, 2008: On Wednesday, October 15, 2008, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and Total signed a memorandum of understanding concerning the management and financing of a joint research and development program to make industrial processes more energy efficient. Under the agreement, small and mid-size businesses working on energy-efficient technologies will receive support, with the goal of helping France to meet the goals set at the Grenelle Environment Forum.

Long-term solutions to the challenges of climate change and reduced consumption of fossil fuels can only be found by developing more energy-efficient technologies. France’s manufacturing industries consume 37 million metric tons of oil equivalent a year, or 23% of the country’s total energy consumption. That’s why ADEME and Total are committed to providing industries in France and around the world with an array of high-performance, cost-effective technologies designed to make industrial processes more energy efficient.

In particular, the program involves technologies for small cogeneration plants, heat exchangers, boilers, drying, fluid separation, low-temperature heat recovery, refrigeration systems, compressed air, ventilation, pumping, lighting, steam and heat transfer fluids. The technologies cover all industries. Total plans to provide the program with €100 million in financing over five years, while ADEME will provide annual appropriations of approximately €3 million, to be defined on a yearly basis.

This joint project is in line with the partners’ respective strategies. Total is looking for ways to quickly enhance the energy efficiency of its plants and, as part of its customer support policy, of customer facilities. ADEME’s mission is to develop research and development programs in the area of the environment and energy management, with the goal of upgrading industrial processes in France. The agency will work to identify applications for the program’s findings, especially for small and mid-sized industries.

The cooperation between Total and ADEME will kick off on October 17 with a call for proposals concerning “technologies to recover and use low-temperature heat.”

About ADEME:
The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) is a public agency under the joint supervision of the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning and the Ministry for Higher Education and Research. It is involved in implementing public policies in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development. The agency provides businesses, local governments, public authorities and consumers with technical expertise and consulting services, helping them to finance projects in five areas (waste management, soil conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, air quality and noise pollution) and to improve their sustainable development programs.

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