EDF – Internship – Reliability of photovoltaic modules


Education: Master student (M2)
Contract type: Internship
Starting date: March 2023
Duration: 6 months 
Working Place: IPVF, Palaiseau (Paris-Saclay technology cluster) 



Become an actor of the Energy Transition by joining a team driven by innovation and impact to address today’s most decisive challenges.   IPVF – Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France, is a global Research, Innovation and Education center, which mission is to accelerate energy transition through science & technology. Gathering industrial PV leaders (EDF, TotalEnergies, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber) and world-renowned academic research organizations (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique), multi-disciplinary and international IPVF teams conduct research for clean energy technologies. Supported by the French State, IPVF is labelled Institute for Energy Transition (ITE).  


To bridge the gap between education and the world of work, EDF welcomes more than 1 500 interns every year studying for qualifications that range from a post high school certificates to master’s degrees. In the context of its research activities in photovoltaic (PV), the R&D department of EDF contributes to the “Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France” IPVF.


IPVF at a glance:

• An ambitious Scientific and Technological Program (6 programs divided in 24 work packages): from tandem solar cell technologies to economy & market assessment, state-of-the art characterization, photocatalysis and breakthrough concepts.

• State-of-the-art technological platform (8,000m²): more than 100 cutting-edge equipments worth €30M, located in cleanrooms (advanced characterization, materials deposition, prototypes for fabrication, modelling…).

• High-standard Education program (M.S. and PhD students).    


Job context

The development of PV is a rapidly expanding sector in France as everywhere. From now on the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of utility scale solar PV has fallen to 60€/MWh in France in 2019. To further reduce the cost of the PV panels, the reliability of photovoltaic modules becomes a critical factor. PV panels gets a 25 lifespan and they may live up to 30 years. For that purpose, we suggest exploring aging of photovoltaic modules.


Main missions

The main goal of the internship will be to understand the mechanisms that degrade the performances of the PV modules. In particular, the studies will focus on the physico-chemical properties of the materials within the PV modules.

The intern will aim to:
▪ Lead the bibliography on the degradations of photovoltaic modules,
▪ Characterize the physico-chemical properties of samples (Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence, scanning electron microscopy…),
▪ Correlate the physcio-chemical properties with the performances of modules.


Expected profile



– Semiconductor physics
– Material sciences / Physics



– Laboratory experience


Self-management skills

– Strong teamwork skills

– Proactive and Autonomous



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