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Paris to create world leading PV research centre

IPVF 180-man team will conduct research into new generation photovoltaic solar systems

The IPVF will be in Paris and will be one of the largest PV research centres
The IPVF will be based in Paris and will be one of the five largest PV research centres in the world

Paris is to become home to a world leading solar energy reseach centre. French firms EDF and TOTAL, the CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research) and the Ecole Polytechnique, have announced the creation of the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF), which will focus on developing solar energy technologies.

The IPVF will be one of the five largest centres worldwide, conducting research into new generation solar photovoltaic systems. It will be based at the Paris Saclay campus, a French centre of excellence in scientific research, and will bring together almost 180 researchers, lecturers and students. The IPVF will be a driver for national and European policies on the development of renewable energies.

Within the IPVF, the partners will jointly pursue research and development activities aimed at improving the efficiency and competitiveness of existing photovoltaic cells and modules and developing new thin-layer technologies and advanced concepts.

TOTAL said : "The IPVF will be essential for the future of a high solar industry in France and at the same time will place an emphasis on the education and training of high-level specialists and on the development of extensive partnerships with other research centres sited at the Plateau de Saclay, with key global industrial players in the solar sector and with SMEs and SMIs in the Paris region."

A number of companies, including equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the photovoltaic sector, have already announced their intention of engaging with the IPVF. They will offer technical and human support for the institute’s research and teaching activities.