Founding Members

The Ile-de-France Photovoltaïc Institute is a public-private partnership at the initiative of EDF and Total, CNRS and Ecole polytechnique, associated with Air Liquide, Horiba Jobin Yvon and Riber. IPVF organizes the partners’ research activities in the field of photovoltaic solar energy.

About EDF

EDF Group, one of the leaders in the European energy market, is an integrated energy company active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydropower generation facilities where 95.9% of the electricity output is CO2-free. EDF’s transmission and distribution subsidiaries in France operate 1,285,000 km of low and medium voltage overhead and underground electricity lines and around 100,000 km of high and very high voltage networks. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 28.5 million customers in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €75.6 billion in 2013, of which 46.8% outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.

In the field of renewable energies, the EDF Group is investing massively in R&D in order to identify technological gaps with significant competitive stakes and to contribute to developing the most promising industrial and commercial solutions. In particular, since 2005 EDF has invested with the CNRS and Chimie ParisTech in a Combined Research Unit: the IRDEP (Institute of Research and Development on Photovoltaic Energy), in order to create a centre of excellence dedicated to research on new-generation PV cells.

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About Total

Total is one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, with activities in more than 130 countries. Its 100,000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry — exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining, chemicals, marketing and new energies. Total is working to help satisfy the global demand for energy, both today and tomorrow.

Total is striving to diversify its supply to help meet growing energy demand in the long term. The Group is the one of the world leaders in solar industry through its affiliate SunPower. Additionally, Total is actively engaged in a number of Research and Development projects in renewable energies, in particular solar and biomass. Total was a driving force in the creation of the IPVF.

Total’s R&D activities are designed to continuously improve energy-related processes. It now has 22 R&D centers worldwide and filed more than 250 patents in 2013. Total conducts an active R&D policy through an international network of top-tier partnerships with laboratories and innovative start-ups, to promote the development of efficient, competitive new technologies.

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About CNRS

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research.As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carried out research in all fields of knowledge.

CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines in particular with the university thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs which bring together various CNRS departments as well as other research institutions and industry.

CNRS laboratories (or research units) are located throughout France, and employ a large body of tenured researchers, engineers, and support staff.

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About Ecole Polytechnique

École Polytechnique is a leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its three types of progressive graduate-level programs – Ingénieur Polytechnicien, Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 30% of students and, 23% of faculty members).

École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in high-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 20 laboratories, all joint research facilities with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society.

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About Air Liquide

The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 65,000 employees and serves more than 3.5 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.

Air Liquide’s ambition is to lead its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.

Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to 20.3 billion euros in 2017 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.

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Founded nearly 200 years ago, HORIBA  is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of analytical and spectroscopic systems and components, dedicated to the
scientific research and industry. HORIBA Scientific’s expertise in molecular and elemental microanalysis technologies has established as the world leader for confocal Raman microscopy, fluorescence microscopy and GDS. The main fields of application of these advanced technologies are semiconductors, Energy related materials, biotechnology, the environment, pharmaceutics, geology and the applied fundamental research.
HORIBA Scientific has joined the HORIBA group since 1997. The global brand name of HORIBA Scientific gathers the worldwide analytical instrumentation group offer.

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About Riber

designs and produces molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems as well as evaporation sources and cells for the semiconductor industry. This high-tech equipment is essential for the manufacturing of compound semiconductor materials and new materials that are used in numerous consumer applications, from new information technologies to OLED flat screens and new generation solar cells.

The Riber Group recorded €23.5 million in revenues for 2013, with 109 employees at the end of 2013. The company is ISO9001 certified. Riber is listed on NYSE-Euronext Paris, Compartment “C”, and is part of the CAC Small, CAC Mid & Small, CAC Technology and CAC T. HARD. & EQ indices. Riber is one of the best-rated companies in the Gaïa-index, the leading SRI index for French mid-caps. Riber is eligible for SME share-based savings schemes

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