First stone ceremony of our headquarters!
May 28th 2015, the foundation stone of RS2E’s headquarters (tentatively named « HUB », as a reference to the hub of airports) was laid in Amiens by the financial backers of our research network.
A hundred people (researchers, industrialists and journalists) gathered at University of Picardy Jules Verne to celebrate the beginning of our building’s construction. A conference was also organized and presented by Dr. Mathieu Morcrette with Pr. Jean-Marie Tarascon and 3 representatives of RS2E’s Industrial Partners (François Orsini from Renault, Marc-David Braida from Solvay and Denys Gounot from E4V).
From left to right : Mathieu Morcrette, Alain Gest (Amiens Métropole), François Coudon, Jean-Marie Tarascon, Claude Gewerc, Laurent Somon, Valérie Cabuil, Michel Brazier, Brigitte Fouré et Françoise Paillous. Crédit : Com des images / Région Picardie
Even if the final building won’t comprise any, the conference was followed by the foundation stone ceremony by Claude Gewerc (président du Conseil régional de Picardie), by Michel Brazier (président de l’Université de Picardie Jules Verne), by Françoise Paillous (déléguée régionale au CNRS), by Alain Gest (député de la Somme, président d’Amiens Métropole), by Laurent Somon (président du Conseil départemental de la Somme), by François Coudon (secrétaire général pour les affaires régionales), by Brigitte Fouré (maire d’Amiens) and by Valérie Cabuil (recteur de l’académie d’Amiens).
We greatly thank these institutions that are directly funding the building’s construction and our scientific work (through postdoc and permanent positions).
Mr. Michel Brazier, President of the Picardy Jules Verne University
Dr. Mathieu Morcrette, who followed closely (together with Jean-Bernard Leriche) each preparatory step of the construction and, above all, its scientific specifications say « he is relieved to see the construction work officially begin and the foundation work comes to an end ». As for Jean-Marie Tarascon, he encourages future researchers that will use the facility to innovate abreast of society’s expectations towards batteries and supercapacitors.
Initiated at the start of 2015, the construction workers are currently casting the first walls in rue Baudelocque, 5 minutes away from Amiens’ medieval cathedral. Besides the apartments that will welcome foreign researchers on the top floor and will contribute to its influence, the building main specificity is its ground floor designed around reception, communication and more importantly state-of-the-art scientific equipment such as electron microscopes, dry room for battery prototyping, upscaling furnaces, diffractometers...
Dimensions: 17m high, 88m long
Total surface: 5.500 m²
Capacity: 150 (including 80 scientists from LRCS)
Delivery date : September 2016
RS2E wish to thank the financial backers that made this project possible: the Picardy Regional Council (15M€), the Département de la Somme (4,18 M€) and the French government (2,5 M€). Amiens Métropole offered the construction field.
------ INTERVIEW OF PROF. JEAN-MARIE TARASCON -------
What does this project represent for you? How will this building allow to further research in energy storage?
First of all it is the proof that by being persistent and patient one can succeed (with the support of key people at the Ministry of Research and at CNRS). It’s also a pleasure to see out of the ground, thanks to the Region support, a building in the works since 3 or 4 years.
The premises will be more than a laboratory but also a place of melting pot for researchers of 17 French laboratories gathered in the RS2E research network. The ideal crossroads to exchange ideas and to give life to new ones! It’s also a place designed with research in mind, spacious and pleasing that will also be able to accommodate heavy pre-transfer equipment: of crucial importance to shorten the time needed for tech transfer.
Jean-Marie Tarascon during the first stone ceremony
What will be the first projects of the scientists?
First, there will be the transfer of discoveries from the HIPOLITE project on new positive electrode materials using abundant chemical elements using the pre-transfer platform headed by Mathieu Morcrette, the current director of LRCS, and with the support of two engineers newly hired (by CNRS and UPJV) to give birth to this great endeavor.
Other future technologies that will be explored range from redox flow batteries to lithium sulfur batteries or lithium rich materials.
What are the assets of the location in rue St-Leu in the city center of Amiens?
St-Leu Street is an historical place for French batteries with the LRCS lab that explores the field for 20 years as of today. It’s also a way to thank a region and a university with a trusting attitude toward science and that support us for a long time now, a key element in the attribution of the building to Amiens.
And how not to mention a location five minutes away from a stunning cathedral and the quai Bélu that will surely seduce both invited researchers and students!
1 head of the LRCS laboratory (CNRS/UPJV) and coordinator of benchmarking at RS2E
2 head of RS2E, professor at Collège de France, Paris