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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
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”.
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.