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INOCEL developed strong partnerships with leading companies, research and academic institutions. These partnerships provide INOCEL with access to cutting-edge research facilities and equipment, as well as a network of experts in the field of hydrogen energy. With the support of these partners and its participation in different clusters with other actors in the hydrogen industry, INOCEL is well positioned to continue to grow and advance development in the field. This further establishes INOCEL as a key player in the hydrogen ecosystem.

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INOCEL has a strong partnership with the CEA, the Centre d’Energie Alternative de France, a leading research institute in France. With over 25 years of experience in the fuel cell field, the CEA provides INOCEL with the necessary resources and support to develop and continuously evolve the INOCEL technology. This partnership enables INOCEL to access state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment, which are crucial for the development and testing to help optimize its innovative technology.


FC LAB is a technical and scientific resource center dedicated to hydrogen energy systems with more than 20 years of experience in the field. It is supported by CNRS, the Université de Franche-Comté (UFC), the Université de Technologie Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM) and l’Université Fédérale Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC). It federates the activities of more than 140 researchers and engineers, through our network of partner laboratories (FEMTO-ST Institute, ICB, LEMTA, Ampere, Satie, Univ. Gustave Eiffel)


The FEMTO-ST Institute “Franche-Comté Electronics Mechanics
Thermal Science and Optics – Sciences and Technologies”,
is a joint research institution, which is under the quadruple authority
of the Université de Franche-Comté (UFC), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et Microtechniques (ENSMM) and the Université de Technologie Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM).

Université de Technologie Belfort-Monbéliard (UTBM)

The Université de Technologie Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM) is a French public engineering school that specializes in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and computer science. UTBM is committed to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, and encourages its students to develop their own projects and start-ups. The school has a strong focus on internationalization, with partnerships and collaborations with universities and institutions around the world.

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC)

The Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) is a French public university federation that brings together higher education and research institutions in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. UBFC, which was created in 2014, has over 60,000 students and 5,000 staff members. It offers a wide range of programs, from undergraduate to doctoral studies, in various fields such as science, technology, social sciences, humanities, and health. UBFC is committed to promoting interdisciplinary research and innovation, with a focus on societal challenges such as sustainable development, health, and digital transformation. It is also involved in international partnerships and collaborations, fostering academic and scientific exchanges with institutions around the world.

IFP Energies Nouvelles

IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) is a major player in research and training in the areas of energy, transport and the environment. From scientific concepts in fundamental research to technological solutions in applied research, the Institute’s activities are focused on innovation and hinged around four key priorities: climate, the environment and the circular economy, renewable energies, sustainable mobility and responsible oil and gas.


GEKO Tech is a company that designs and manufactures electric and hydrogen propulsion systems for high-performance vehicles. By partnering with GEKO Tech, INOCEL can expand its offerings in the field of powertrain optimization and system integration. GEKO Tech’s powertrain solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of high-performance applications, notably those that use hydrogen.

France Hydrogène

With more than 450 members, France Hydrogène brings together the stakeholders of the French hydrogen sector across the entire value chain: major industrial groups developing large-scale projects, innovative SMEs and start-ups supported by laboratories and research centres of excellence, associations, competitiveness clusters and local authorities committed to the deployment of hydrogen solutions.


Tenerrdis is the French energy cluster based in AuvergneRhône-Alpes, the largest industrial region in France and one of the most advanced in energy research. It supports sustainable economic growth and the creation of long-lasting jobs in the new technologies of energy. It coordinates an extensive network spanning industry, government, academia, and scientific research to contribute to the emergence, developemnt and promotion of innovative energy transition solutions.


MINALOGIC is the global competitiveness cluster for digital technologies in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The cluster supports its members in their innovation and growth projects. The technologies, products, and services developed by the cluster’s members are aimed at all sectors of activity (ICT, healthcare, energy, the factory of the future, etc.) and cover the entire digital value chain, combining micro-nano electronics, photonics, and software. Minalogic now has over 300 members (including 270 companies).


CARA, European Cluster for mobility solutions, French cluster based in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, comprises 430 members, including manufacturers, transport operators, universities, research and education centers. CARA also represents the PFA Automotive Industry and Mobilities.

Aiming to be the leading French cluster in Europe, CARA supports the transformation of passengers and goods transport systems and works on 6 sectors: industrial vehicles, automotive, cable transportation, river transportation, active mobility, rail transportation.

From the drawing board through to market launch, CARA implements collective actions: research and innovation projects, pilots in real life situation, and measures for the economic and industrial development of its members.

Pôle véhicule du futur

Officially recognised as a competitiveness cluster in 2005, Vehicle of the Future cluster is a non-profit organisation that aims to foster synergies between companies, teaching and research in the field of the vehicle and mobility of the future.
It has created and leads an ecosystem with more than 500 members in north-eastern France: the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est Regions.

The prefecture of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region is the territorial administration that represents the State in the region. It is responsible for implementing public policy in the region, in collaboration with local authorities and social partners. The prefecture works on a wide range of areas, such as security, environment, health, education, and culture. It is also responsible for enforcing the law and regulations in the region. The prefecture of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region is a key player in public life in the region and works closely with local authorities to promote the economic and social development of the region.

Région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

The Bourgogne Franche-Comté region, located in eastern France, in addition to its natural and cultural attractions, is also a hub for research and innovation. The region is home to several universities, research institutes, and technology clusters that work together to drive innovation in fields such as healthcare, energy, and digital technology. The region is committed to promoting sustainable development and is working actively to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its use of renewable energy sources.

Region Bourgogne Franche Comté

Grand Belfort is a French urban community located in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. It is comprised of three municipalities: Belfort, Cravanche, and Pérouse. Grand Belfort is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, with a focus on sustainable development. The community is home to several research institutes and technology clusters, which work together to drive innovation in fields such as energy, mobility, and digital technology. Grand Belfort is also committed to promoting social and economic development in the region, with a focus on creating jobs and improving the quality of life for residents.

Région Auvergne-Rhône Alpes

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is located in southeastern France and is known for its diverse landscapes, including the French Alps and the Massif Central. The region is home to several major cities, including Lyon, Grenoble, and Saint-Étienne, as well as numerous smaller towns and villages. The region is also a hub for research and innovation, with a focus on fields such as healthcare, energy, and digital technology. The region is committed to promoting sustainable development and is actively working to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its use of renewable energy sources.

BPI France

Bpifrance finances companies – at every stage of their development – with credit, guarantees and equity. Bpifrance supports them in their innovation and international projects. Bpifrance now also provides their export activity through a wide range of products. Consulting, university, networking and networking and acceleration programs for startups, SMEs and ETIs are also part of the offer to entrepreneurs.

La French Tech

The Mission French Tech is the government’s mission to support the structuring and growth of the French start-up ecosystem, both in France and internationally. Attached to the General Directorate for Business, within the Ministry of the Economy of the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, it federates and animates the French Tech ecosystem with a network of 16 Capitals and 99 certified communities in France and abroad. It also supports start-ups by facilitating their interactions with administration via a network of more than 60 French Tech correspondents. The Mission French Tech supports the most mature start-ups through the French Tech Next40/120 program, but also but also start-ups positioned in sectors identified as strategic in the framework of France 2030 with its first sectoral programs: Green20, Agri20, Health20 and DeepNum20.

Le Coq Vert

The Coq Vert Community is a community of executives who are convinced of the need to act and are already committed to the ecological and energy transition. Launched by Bpifrance, in partnership with ADEME and the French Ministry of Ecological Transition, this community aims to promote the sharing of expertise between committed entrepreneurs.

French Tech 2030

The French Tech 2030 program is a support program that combines the ambition of the France 2030 plan, led by the General Secretariat for Investment, the support of the French Tech Mission, and the expertise of Bpifrance in an unprecedented way. The 125 emerging innovation actors were selected based on the 10 objectives and 6 verticals of France 2030. Announced on June 14, 2023, this first cohort benefits from financial and non-financial support for one year.

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