Asserting a powerful ambition

The Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France (IPVF) aims to become one of the world’s leading research, innovation and training centres in the field of photovoltaic solar energy by federating globally-acknowledged academic research teams and industrial groups leaders in the photovoltaic sector.

IPVF intends to enhance the performances and competitiveness of photovoltaic cells and to develop new breakthrough technologies by focusing on three drivers:

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A research programme concentrating on high conversion efficiencies, low production costs and compatibility with the sustainable development challenges of the systems and processes developed.

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An experimental research resource facility An experimental research resource facility open to photovoltaic sector players, concentrating leading-edge research equipment in a dedicated building able to host partner researchers.
This resource facility is continually evolving to tailor to research project needs and to remain at the cutting edge of technology.

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A training programme based principally on a Master’s Degree, mentoring for PhD students and continuous training.

Exploiting a photovoltaic environment conducive to technological innovation

Against a backdrop where almost all photovoltaic modules are produced outside Europe (97%), advances must be founded on technological breakthroughs and innovations.

To date, the predominant technology, silicon, is limited theoretically to 29% efficiency, i.e. its ability to transform photons into electricity. Yet, tandem technologies, which consist in associating two cells made from different yet complementary materials could theoretically deliver efficiency of over 42%.  Based on cutting-edge industrial production processes which form a breakthrough, they offer opportunities for intellectual property development and industrial positioning for newcomers to the sector, in a market estimated to stand at several hundred billion dollars per year by 2035. A myriad of technological obstacles still need to be overcome as regards the choice of materials to be used, large-scale production processes and production costs. Although several international institutes have already initiated ambitious programmes in this field; in just 4 years, IPVF has already obtained promising results in this area.

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