Taking up the energy
transition challenge together

Harnessing energy is one of the key challenges facing the scientific community.
To cope with the impacts of climate change, renewable energies have established themselves, along with other sources of carbon-free energy, as one of the alternatives open to us. Among these, solar energy has decisive advantages: inexhaustible for serving human needs, accessible to everyone and available in great quantities. Today, it appears obvious that the photovoltaic sector will be one of the preferred building blocks for energy transition.

Creating a collaborative institute

The Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France (IPVF) stems from a partnership between industry and research. Created at the initiative of EDF and Total, it has paired up with leading French industrial groups such as Air Liquide, sector equipment manufacturers like Horiba and Riber and academic partners, such as the CNRS and the École Polytechnique. It federates their photovoltaic solar energy research activities and is designed for carrying out research work hand-in-hand with all sector players, by developing its partner network on regional, national and global levels.

IPVF’s strength is, first and foremost, its researchers. Some 200 researchers, industrialists and academics work diligently on a daily basis to build solar solutions for tomorrow. 150 of them are based on the IPVF premises and some 50 others in our 11 academic partner laboratories across France (Paris region, Lyon, Nantes, Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg and Amiens).

Cross-disciplinarity and diversity are at the very heart of IPVF’s research. IPVF researchers total some 25 nationalities, with profiles as varied as physicists, chemists, optics specialists, modellers as well as economists.

Come along and meet them, they would be delighted to share their passion with you!

Combining skills and expertise in a shared resource facility

Since October 2017, IPVF has established itself in Palaiseau, at the heart of the Paris-Saclay Campus in a building of over 8,000 m² designed by the architect Jean-Philippe Pargade to promoter collaborative work of researchers from different sectors.

In 2020, the Saclay plateau will host 15 to 20% of French research, with 12,000 researchers, 6,800 PhD students and 31,000 students.
The Institute concentrates all its state-of-the-art research equipment on a single site and makes it available to its researchers.

This attractive, shared and collaborative research and development resource facility, tailored to market challenges, offers partners the opportunity to be involved in all the research programmes.

Everyone… from researchers to experts, industrialists to startups, who wish to take advantage of this cutting-edge technological environment, are co-owners of the results.
This multidisciplinary way of working, which is academic, research- and industry-focused, stimulates the innovation of the 150 researchers on-site whose skills and cultures are diverse and varied yet highly-complementary.

Pooling together the skills and expertise of an ITE.

Instituts pour la Transition Energétique (ITE) (Institutes for Energy Transition) are interdisciplinary platforms working in the field of carbon-free energies, bringing together skills from industry and public research, focusing on public-private coinvestment and tight-knit collaboration which strengthens the competitiveness clusters.

They address future-oriented energy alternatives which impact the climate positively.

As a centre of excellence, an ITE calls for a sufficient critical mass of resources and skills located, ideally, on the same site.
It needs to cover the entire innovation process, up to the demonstration phase and industrial prototyping.
And, finally, it must provide international exposure for its programme orientation and position itself in new markets.