Founder members

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.

A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. The Group, world leader of low-carbon energies, is a key supplier of energy and services to some 35.1 million clients, including 26.5 million in France.

Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, a major player in low-carbon energies. Its 98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, Total focuses on ensuring that its operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is the largest governmental research organization in France and in Europe. It produces knowledge for the benefit of society. Employing 31,612 people and established throughout France, the CNRS carries out its activity in all fields of knowledge, through over 1,100 laboratories in France and worldwide. With 21 Nobel laureates and 12 Fields Medal winners, the CNRS has a long tradition of excellence.

Air Liquide is a world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health. Present in 80 countries with approximately 65,000 employees, the Group serves more than 3.5 million customers and patients. 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 and contributes to sustainability.

The HORIBA Group of worldwide companies provides an extensive array of instruments and systems for applications ranging from automotive R&D, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology, to a broad range of scientific R&D and QC measurements.

Riber is the world’s leading provider of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) equipment. It is also a leading supplier of high-quality material evaporation sources.

It is also a leading supplier of high-quality material evaporation sources. Through its various undergraduate and graduate-level programmes – Bachelor’s degree, Ingénieur Polytechnicien, Master’s, Graduate Degree, PhD programme, PhD and continuous training – the École Polytechnique trains decision-makers and promotes very high-level multidisciplinary culture by promoting exposure to the world of research and to the business world. With its 22 laboratories, including 21 joint research units with the CNRS, the École Polytechnique X Research Centre works at the frontiers of knowledge on the major interdisciplinary issues in science, technology and society.