There are more than 300 public and private sector research facilities, 12,000+ researchers, and more than 2,300 employees working for major corporations, engineering/consultancy SMEs, SMIs and innovative start-ups.
Building cutting-edge solutions
The Paris Region Lab, for instance, supports local authorities as they implement innovative strategies and help businesses which are looking for suitable locations to test their solutions, while the Issy Grid (a district-level smart grid) focuses on construction and new technologies. These are combined with the installation of the smart grid to optimize energy usage across urban areas in Issy-les-Moulineaux (in the Hauts-de-Seine department). There is also the Cluster Descartes, which is a network of research centers, higher education institutions and high-tech companies.
Major eco-technology events
- Pollutec Horizons: international exhibition of eco-technologies, energy innovations and sustainable development.
- Interclima + Elec + Ideo Bain + Batimat: the premier global event for construction and building energy efficiency.
- INNOV’ECO – Cleantech Innovation Hub: a regular forum covering the key developments in the green economy and a meeting place for cleantech suppliers and clients.