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Photovoltaic Solar Platform

Published on 9 August 2016

  • The photovoltaic solar platform’s mission is to contribute to the development of the solar industry in France. And, with more than 200 employees and 100 industrial partners from SMEs to corporations, the platform is one of Europe’s largest PV R&D facilities.

    The platform’s PV R&D focuses on materials, with particular attention given to developing high performance, competitively-priced silicon; PV cell technology and yield enhancement; and solar modules and optimization. Applied research takes place at experimental PV facilities and at reduced-scale and life-sized solar power plants.


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200 researchers and technicians

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The Heterojunction LabFab, the materials platform, the PV module platform, the CPV platform, the organic PV platform, and the outdoor experimentation platform

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15000 m2 of facilities

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100M€ of investment


  • The platform also works on scaling up the technologies developed for industrial rollout. The Heterojunction LabFab—a pilot production line capable of manufacturing heterojunction PV cells with yields of over 20%—boasts a theoretical capacity of 30 MW. The platform also helps France based solar-energy SMEs develop their export sales and build turnkey PV solar plants.
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