E2S: Energy and Environment Solutions

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What is E2S?

The consortium at the heart of the Energy Environment Solutions (E2S) project is a composed of the University of Pau and the Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) and two national research organisations, National Institute for Agronomy (INRA) and Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (Inria).

The core scientific domain of the project focuses on Environment and Energy and relies on strongly recognised laboratories supported by state-of-the-art equipment. The assessment and acceptance of new solutions and the public regulations will supply the area with interdisciplinary reflection.

One of E2S's principal assets is strong relationships with major international companies which can find in this partnership the scientific excellence they expect. Their industrial R&D centres on the site are already a key factor in consortium policy and will play a growing part for the next ten years.

These companies have created CEPyA (Cluster Enterprises Pyrénées Adour) which will support UPPA in its trajectory towards a model for scientific excellence and international visibility.

Another primary goal is to increase international attractiveness in both education and research: to attract the world's best students, the university will acheive higher and higher level of quality.

Management and efficiency are conditions for success. UPPA will move from an organisation split in 10 components to a structure with three integrated faculties. A specific governance will be created for the project.

An aggressive recruiting policy will generate an increase in academic researchers and PhD students. The industrial partnership will provide new forces, which, associated with the consortium's potential, will have a leverage effect on research and innovation.

Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot, project leader.

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  • Become an international reference in research by pursuing a niche strategy in E2S's areas of excellence.
  • Become a force for socio-economic vitality and diversification by stimulating synergies with disruptive research.
  • Attract international talents with a high-level graduate program.
  • Build a new type of organisation that fosters a dynamic of excellence by putting private and public resources together.


E2S core scientific program

World Firsts

Instrumentation platform

Instrumentation, in a variety of areas, is one of E2S's strong suits.

Chairs of excellence

The E2S institutions currently benefit from several important chairs of excellence, in areas like geomechanics and sustainable construction. Chairs of excellence will become an important tool for increasing outreach and building exciting new programs.

World-class researchers

A look at some of E2S's innovative researchers.

Society, Economy

Working with the private sector

Dynamic partnerships with socio-economic actors are one of E2S's main strengths. With the recently created business cluster, E2S will be able to continue to improve in this area, associating more and more closely private and academic R&D.

Hélioparc: a shared campus


CEPyA: the Pyrénées Adour Enterprise Cluster

Common laboratories

Pilot programs

In the geographical space of the E2S institutions, a signficant number of initiatives and pilot programs dedicated to renewable energies are already in place.


University benchmarks

Three universities were selected to explore different areas of improvement:

Outstanding Partnerships


To adapt an already dynamic international policy to E2S's objectives, the consortium will institutionalize its partnerships with top-ranking universities, relying on its cross-border experience and thorough benchmarking process.


Excellence in education

Excellence in education is a key part of the E2S project. Interdisciplinarity, linguistic skills, familiarity with the professional world and fostering creativity will be the guiding principles.

Attractiveness for students

Innovative approaches