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Renewable energy and Energy efficiency platforms
The photovoltaic solar platform’s mission is to contribute to the development of a solar industry in France. And, with more than 200 employees and 100 industrial partners from SMBs to corporations, the platform is one of Europe’s largest PV R&D facilities. The platform’s silicon R&D focuses on materials and cells, with the particular goal of yield enhancement; it’s solar module research aims to optimize performance. Later-stage R&D takes place at experimental PV facilities and at reduced-scale and life-sized solar power plants. The platform also works on scaling up the technologies developed for industrial rollout. The platform runs its Heterojunction LabFab a pilot production line capable of manufacturing heterojunction PV cells under a European partnership with leading equipment manufacturer Meyer Burger. The platform also helps France-based solar-energy SMBs develop their export sales and build turnkey PV solar plants.
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PV solar materials, equipment, and processes
The Cadarache CSP plant (1,300 sq. m of mirrors) coupled with a steam turbine with three-stage thermal storage; 1.4 MW gas loop at 1,250 °C; 120 bar steam loop at 500 °C
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How to collaborate with the CEA Tech.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.