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Liten research on the INES (France's solar energy research institute) campus covers the entire PV component value chain, from material and cell to module and system. With a focus on silicon technology, Liten is addressing not only conversion yields, but also cost and lifespan, which are vital inputs into the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE). Liten has obtained state-of-the-art performance on
industrial-scale equipment, making it one of the world's leading centers for high-efficiency PV research. Currently, the goal is to reach 25% on silicon and, ultimately, 30% with tandem technologies.
Liten's research focuses mainly on:
Photovoltaic cells: The three pillars of development
Liten's research and development strategy is at the center of a complete ecosystem that includes equipment and component manufacturers, integrators, and operators.
The CEA at INES, ENEL Green Power and its Sicilian subsidiary 3SUN have just achieved a new record for a PIN architecture cell, with a conversion efficiency of 27.1% over 9 cm² with shading correction.
CEA at INES, ENEL Green Power and its subsidiary 3SUN of Catania, are developing the tandem perovskite-silicon technology with two terminals to reach the highest industrially feasible efficiencies as soon as possible. Their new record obtained for a PIN architecture cell is a conversion efficiency of 26.5% on 9 cm² with shading correction.
The CEA at INES has produced a demonstrator panel with a carbon footprint of 317 kgCO2eq/kWp. This achievement, which incorporates several innovations, makes our laboratories among the leaders in Europe.
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.