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EDF internship: Reliability of photovoltaic modules

Contract type: Intership

Starting date: 01 January 2020

Duration: 6 months

Working Place: Palaiseau

Education: Master 2

Salary: EDF Paid internship

IPVF in brief

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 aims at becoming one of the main global research, innovation and education center in the field of photovoltaic solar energy. Composed with international well-known industrials, leading in PV industry (EDF, Total, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber) and academic research teams (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique), IPVF wants to increase performances and competitiveness of PV solar cells and develop new breakthrough technologies.


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 20 to 25 lifespan and they may live up to 30 years. For that purpose, we suggest to explore 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 mechanism degradations of photovoltaic modules
      • Optimize the method for sampling of modules

Characterize the physico-chemical properties of samples (Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence, scanning electron microscopy (MEB)…).

Sought profile


        • Semiconductor physics
        • Material sciences / Physics


        • Laboratory experience

Self-management skills

        • Strong teamwork skills
        • Proactive and Autonomous


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