The French government guarantees to give EUR 18.5 million to a solar research institute
The latest founding, Institut Photovoltaique d’Ile-de-France (IPVF), will be partially financed by France’s state-backed French National Research Agency (ANR) in order to provate solar R&D.
In France, in Paris to be precise, The Ecole Polytechnique has made an alliance with the government to leading energy firm to build the IPVF for solar R&D.
The government has focused on the country’s solar research and development industry and decided to put money into this. Thus the French National Research Agency (ANR) was announced this week that it will benefit from a €18.5 million financing deal for the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF), a top priority project for the solar technology initiative.
IPVF is an alliance between the oil company Total, the energy giant EDF, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and Ecole polytechnique engineering school. It is run by ANR on behalf of France’s agency for investment policy, with its main purpose to help French cities encounter up coming renewable energy targets.
“The institute aims to make France a global leader in solar energy and to shape the future landspace of PV,” are Jean-François Minster, senior Vp of scientific development at Total’s words. “We must support the energy transition by speeding up the development of affordable, efficient solutions.”
The IPVF will concentrate on some types of research activities created to help with the creation and development of new concepts, and enhance existing technologies and widen the understanding of solar power’s environmental benefits. The R&D sector will have as priorities five scientific programs: materials for high-efficiency silicon cells, high-efficiency, thin-film solar cells made using chalcogenide materials, new concepts for a competitive PV industry, a multidisciplinary program on advanced characterization techniques, theory and modeling and a program dedicated to environmental impact studies.
The project is to rise starting at the beginning of the next year with a total budget of €150 million. The location for the new institute is Paris-Saclay campus. The institute will be a second home for about 200 researchers and scientists.
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