EDF Group, one of the leaders in the European energy market, is an integrated energy company active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe and, in France, it has mainly nuclear and hydropower generation facilities where 88% of the electricity output is CO2-free. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.6 million customers in the world.
In the field of renewable energies, the EDF Group is investing €662 million in R&D in order to identify technological gaps with significant competitive stakes and to contribute to developing the most promising industrial and commercial solutions. In particular, since 2005 EDF has invested with the CNRS and Chimie ParisTech in a Combined Research Unit: the IRDEP (Institute of Research and Development on Photovoltaic Energy), in order to create a centre of excellence dedicated to research on new-generation PV cells.
The role of EDF Group in ARCIGS-M is to investigate an alternative CIGS deposition process, reactive sputtering and the industrial viability of all newly developed technologies, e.g. on cost and environmental impact as well as the socio-economic impact of the project.
In the framework of the IPVF (The Ile-de-France Photovoltaic Institute), EDF has the determination to develop and maintain a partnership with the European CIGS actors, thereby fostering technological innovations in order to improve the environmental quality as well the socio-economic aspects that come along.
The EDF team who will participate directly in this project is Dr Marie Jubault - who is animating the sputtering group of IRDEP, which includes CIGSe deposition by reactive sputtering, and front/back contact development for thin film solar cells -, and, Dr Frédérique Donsanti who is in charge of animating the group of ALD, evaporation and annealing of IRDEP. She has participated in national and European research projects and also co-supervised 5 doctoral theses.