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The Director General of the International Solar Alliance visits the National Solar Energy Institute (CEA/INES)

On December 14th, 2017, Mr. Upendra Tripathy, Director General of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) visited for the first time facilities of CEA at the National Solar Energy Institute (INES) located near Chambery (South East part of France).
Published on 22 December 2017

During his visit, Mr. Upendra Tripathy had the opportunity to appreciate how INES’s teams from the CEA and the University Savoie Mont Blanc master the complete value chain in the fields of solar technologies: from research studies and work on innovative technologies to manufacturing of photovoltaic cells. Mr. Upendra Tripathy expressed keen interest in several areas including training, skills development, electro mobility and quality control of the components used for photovoltaic cells manufacturing.

The CEA positions itself as a major partner of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) with a view being a centre of excellence for France and to provide its expertise. PhD proposals, jointly funded by the CEA and the ISA, could be considered as early as next year. This action complements already on-going bilateral discussions between the CEA and various institutional and industrial Indian stakeholders.

During his stay in France, Mr. Upendra Tripathy and Mrs Segolène Royal, Special envoy for the implementation of the ISA, co-chaired on December 11th a meeting dedicated to the implementation of the first ISA’s projects. During this event, attended by nearly 100 industrial and institutional representatives including the Indian Ambassador to France, Christophe Gégout, deputy chairman of the CEA, presented the actions carried out by the CEA in the field of solar energy and its position as a technical expert highly valued in France and abroad.

Following that event, Christophe Gégout met Mr. Upendra Tripathy to discuss the contribution of the CEA to the activities of the ISA. They agreed to meet again early 2018 during Christophe Gégout’s trip to India.    


International Solar Alliance :

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) was set up during the COP21 by Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and French President François Hollande. Open for signature and ratification during the COP22 (November 2016), the ISA framework agreement aims at bringing together all 121 solar resource rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn in order to massively scale-up solar energy deployment. By harmonizing and aggregating the demand from these countries in terms of funding, technologies and innovation, this joint cooperation platform is committed to bringing to all countries concerned reliable and affordable solutions for solar energy. Since December 6th, 2017, the ISA is an international organization based in New Delhi. It aims to attract over 850. Md € of public and private investment by 2030. The ISA coordinates the effective implementation of its objectives through a set of programs adopted on a voluntary basis by member countries. To date, three programs are approved: “affordable finance at scale”, “scaling solar applications for agriculture use” and “scaling solar mini grids”.



The National Solar Energy Institute (INES) is the center of reference in the field of solar energy in France and among the main ones at the European level. It is dedicated to both research and innovation and training. Set up with the backing of Savoie Départemental Council and Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, the institute includes research and development teams from the CEA and the University Savoie Mont Blanc. The INES currently employs 400 staff on a 22,000 m² site equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The platform research & innovation, steered by the CEA, gathers laboratories from the University of Savoie Mont Blanc, closely linked to the needs of industry. Its works cover the whole value chain, from materials and components to applications: solar technologies, electricity, solar mobility and energy efficient buildings. This platform is at the heart of a French and international network.

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