Vikram Solar and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission have signed a Collaboration Agreement at Vigyan Bhavan during French President, Emmanuel Macron’s India visit. The association between Vikram Solar and the CEA will look to enhance research and developments on high efficiency crystalline silicon cells, modules, systems and a host of high efficiency generation and storage technologies for French and Indian markets.
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Gyanesh Chaudhary, MD & CEO, Vikram Solar Limited, shared on the occasion, “ Our association with CEA will strengthen our focus on newer technology and in turn increase opportunity for both parties to work towards a more sustainable and efficient ecosystem.”
Under the MoU, CEA will share know-how and technologies in the field of solar energy, storage, smart grid and thermal efficiency while Vikram Solar will apply these technologies in large volume manufacturing with a wider objective of improving solar photovoltaic cells and modules to perform at record-efficiency in energy conversion. Other advanced research and development areas of collaboration will include crystallization and wafering, mono and bi-facial modules, Agri-photovoltaics, Solar mobility etc. as well as exploring new competitive materials in order to reduce costs.
“This is a perfect time for us to leverage our strength in research and development and fuse it with Vikram Solar’s long standing position as a leading global solar module player with key focus on quality, technology and innovation,” Christophe Gégout, Deputy Chairman of the CEA commented.
The CEA carries out research on thermal and photovoltaic solar energy, in support of industrial companies in the sector. The CEA also carries out research on the production of electricity using a thermodynamic process known as concentrating solar power technology. In the field of photovoltaics, the CEA’s research is focusing on improving the output and reducing the costs of photovoltaic modules, and also anticipating the problems of integration in the grid which will arise following a massive insertion of renewables in the energy mix.