In 2022, the Cetiat (Technical Center for Aeraulic and Thermal Industries) is piloting about twenty collective action projects. These multi-year projects aim to help manufacturers develop efficient aeraulic and thermal systems. A rich program whose orientations are supported by the 2020-2023 Objectives and Performance Contract, signed between the State, Cetiat and Uniclima and which meets the challenges of manufacturers relating to the objectives of energy and ecological transition, well-being and health, industry of the future and decarbonization, performance evaluation and energy metrology.
An ambitious manufacturer-driven program
The objective of carbon neutrality in 2050 leads to an energy and ecological transition drastically impactful for manufacturers. To support them in this transition, Cetiat is now piloting 22 collective action projects, launched since 2020. The technical center aims to help manufacturers develop aeraulic and thermal systems that meet current and future challenges, particularly that of the decarbonization of industry. Studies on this aspect are already being carried out jointly with its subsidiary, Alliance Allice.
This program corresponds to a total budget of €7.4 million, with work spread over the years 2020-2026. It includes different themes, supported by the 2020-2023 Objectives and Performance Contract, signed between the State, Cetiat and Uniclima, such as:
New fuels: manufacturers of heating appliances, domestic hot water production and industrial thermal equipment have entrusted Cetiat with the study of the operation of appliances with carbon-free fuels (mixtures of natural gas and hydrogen, pure hydrogen, biomethane, biofuels and with a prospective vision ammonia). Thus, €2.7 million is allocated to several projects.
Thermodynamic machines: refrigerants with low environmental impact are being studied in a project on the design of heat pumps and air conditioners, as well as how to evaluate the seasonal performance of heat pumps in the laboratory or in regulatory calculations. The budget amounts to €1.2 million.
Ventilation and indoor air quality: €2.1 million is dedicated to the quality of indoor environments. The projects examine how to improve the quality of ventilation systems or ventilate buildings during the construction phase. They are also interested in the intelligent control of ventilation and the rules for installing air cleaners in tertiary premises. Two projects are dedicated to the acoustics of filters and air handling units.
Modeling : represents an essential means to design more efficient equipment. Several projects, for a budget of €1.4 million, explore the design of fans, the evaluation of air and pollutant transfers in a building, the design of droplet separators in an air flow or, more generally, the modeling of the operation of HVAC equipment and systems.
An organization to prepare for the future and guide the profession
In view of the current challenges and in order to be able to carry out more ambitious projects, the organization of the collective actions of Cetiat into multi-year projects makes it possible not only to identify the challenges facing manufacturers, but also to set up actions leading to useful results for manufacturers.
The budget is mainly derived from the Earmarked Tax Tax (TFA), which Cetiat receives from manufacturers, to which are added public or private co-financing (€0.9 million). At this stage, the co-financiers are: Ademe, Bulane, Cetim, CSTB, EDF, FF3C, GRDF and Uniclima.
In addition to the projects, Cetiat's collective actions include work related to standardization, regulation, certification and testing methods, in close collaboration with Uniclima and manufacturers, as well as technology watch work to identify interesting innovations and research results. In 2022, the corresponding annual budget is €1.3 million.