Solar Energy: France to build an Institute for Excellence in Carbon-free Energy

31/10/2013 10:20 Renewable


French energy giants Total and EDF, alongside their public and private organizations have unified their efforts to create a French solar photovoltaic (PV) research and development (R&D) center near Paris, which will receive EUR 18.5 million (USD 25.5 million) in funding from the French National Research Agency (ANR).

The scheduled Ile-de-France Photovoltaic Institute (IPVF), selected as an Institute for Excellence in Carbon-free Energy, planned for construction next year in Saclay, will be able to compete with leading institutions in the United States, Japan and Switzerland and will be one of the five largest centers worldwide. It will emphasize on five programs: materials for high-efficiency silicon cells, high-efficiency thin-film PV, new concepts for a competitive PV industry, a multidisciplinary program on advanced characterization techniques, theory and modeling, and environmental impact studies. The Institute has the objective to transform France into a global leader in solar energy. By 2016, the institute is expected to attract almost 200 researchers from the private sector and partner public research centers, and accommodate teachers and master and doctoral students. Moreover, the IPVF will be a driver for national and European policies on the development of renewable energies.

Daily (15.10.2020): Crude oil prices rose by 2% on Wednesday driven by a weaker US dollar

15/10/2020 14:15:00

Crude oil saw a second session of rising prices supported by a slight decline in the US dollar. Both Brent and WTI crude climbed by 2.1% to trade at $43.32 and $41.04 a barrel respectively.


Global CO2 emissions show biggest ever drop in first half of 2020

15/10/2020 09:30:00

Global carbon dioxide emissions fell by 8.8% in the first six months of this year, the biggest drop for a first half-year period, due to the effects of coronavius-related restrictions, a study showed on Wednesday.


UK companies call on government to support nuclear in COVID recovery

15/10/2020 09:22:00

Nuclear - including advanced and small modular reactors - can play a positive role in helping to rebuild the post-COVID economy while also helping combat climate change, Urenco and U-Battery Ltd have said in a submission to the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee inquiry on post-pandemic economic growth.