The CEA Cadarache houses the experimental reactors, specialised laboratories, workshops and test halls for nuclear research (power reactors, naval propulsion) environmental studies -radio ecology- but also chemical, materials, flora physiology and controlled thermonuclear fission.
The dynamism and renown of the CEA Cadarache were an advantage for the localisation of the ITER project.
Cadarache is the second most staffed CEA centre after SACLAY.
It has over 4,500 members of staff (essentially engineers and technicians) and represents one of the major concentrations of researchers and scientific executives in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region.
The CEA Cadarache makes purchases of more than 950 million Euros, has invested 1.3 billion Euros in renovation, new installations, decommissioning.
The center houses a certain number of industrial subsidiaries including AREVA TA and AREVA, who have the most employees.
The major relationships and support for industry are an important aid to innovation.
Beyond its study and research activities, and those of its subsidiaries, the CEA Cadarache also houses a technology transfer system for SME/SMIs in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region and a branch of the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires.