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

31/10/2013 10:20 Renewable

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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.

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