The development of photovoltaic solar energy requires to be able to use as many surfaces as possible. The integration of photovoltaic solar energy into the industrial sector is based on two strategic areas: building and mobility. The CEA at INES develops Technologies for the integration of PV in all relevant applications.
This integration requires the development of specific processes to adapt the format, materials and photovoltaic technology, the weight and design, its electrical architecture while taking into account the life cycle analysis of the product.
B-APV and B-IPV, solar energy for buildings
For buildings, the challenge is the generalization of positive energy buildings, whether new or renovated. The most promising technologies to date are based on the integration of photovoltaic systems on facades and roofs.
The CEA at INES is exploring two approaches to develop relevant technologies for buildings. The B-APV approach is to bring photovoltaics back to the building, lightening the structures to respect the support capacities of existing buildings. The second of B-IPV is to integrate photovoltaics into building components (tiles, roofing, cladding, facade, railings, sunbreakers...).
V-IPV, the solar energy for moving and flying objects
With the deployment of the electric vehicle, the contribution of on-board solar power is becoming more significant, complementing stationary photovoltaic production and the strategy of automotive manufacturers to reduce vehicle weight.
The CEA at INES is developing photovoltaic modules that can be integrated and shaped to be directly integrated into the bodywork or casing of a car, plane or trolley. Our laboratories also design the missing elements associated with photovoltaics for these applications such as the associated converters.
X-IPV, the solar system adapted to every application
Beyond the building, many already artificial surfaces can be used to become a source of energy.
Our researchers are designing and developing new photovoltaic solutions, for example to turn a road into a source of energy for energy needs, or to power a stratospheric balloon.
SPACE-PV, solar energy for space travel
The world of space is undergoing a major change driven by the arrival of new players who are changing the game. The players in this sector are looking for new technologies, less expensive to gain competitiveness.
The CEA at INES benefits from its photovoltaic and optical expertise to develop innovative solutions to take advantage of technologies designed for terrestrial use in space.
Plateformes et équipements d’excellence
The Modules platform offers all the versatility required on 1500 m² and is equipped with industrial type equipment to shorten the transfer to industry as much as possible.
The INCAS platform, equipped with houses and FACT, a tool for testing facade elements on a scale of 1, is an ideal testing ground for building integrations.