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Description of the organisation

CEA is a French government-funded technological research organization. CEA has brought all its New Energy Technologies activities within the LITEN Institute. CEA LITEN is the major contributor to the French Solar Energy Research Center, CEA-INES, located on the Savoie-Technolac innovation campus. CEA-INES researchers (more than 350 people so far) address all aspects of Solar Energy : PV conversion (from Si or Organic material to modules) – PV systems – Solar Thermal systems – Building integration of PV and solar systems thermal – Energy-efficient buildings and clean transportation. More than 200 industrial partners have been collaborating so far with CEA-INES.

Main contact

Philippe Malbranche

+33 4 79 79 21 99




Role in the Project

CEA-INES will contribute to this project as a Work Package leader. It has a strong experience in the management of large projects:

  • To start with, the setting up phase of CEA-INES buildings and facilities represented an investment of 50 M€ (5 buildings). Two additional buildings with specific new facilities are currently in construction. This activity was managed as a project in itself.
  • Solar Nano Crystal, Silvie, Homes, are large national research projects (use of metallurgical grade silicon, crystallisation furnace, high efficiency silicon solar cells, eco-buildings) of which CEA-CEA-INES’s contribution amounts from few M€ to 20 M€.
  • The Hetsi project on heterojunction silicon solar cells was the first European one coordinated by CEA-INES since its installation in Savoie-Technolac. Budget : 5 M€, 10 partners, of which ECN, ENEA, HZB and IMEC are in this consortium.
  • The Sophia Research Infrastructure project gathers 20 European research centres in order to provide access to external users and improve the services offered by these existing infrastructures.


Key people involved

Philippe Malbranche, Research Programme Manager, in the organisation over the past 15 years. Involved in solar energy for 30 years so far: rural electrification programmes (8 years), renewable energy policy (3 years), and photovoltaic manufacturing plant (3 years), research activities first in CEA-GENEC in Cadarache, then working on the CEA-INES project, and finally joining CEA-INES. Past EU project managements as coordinator: Qualibat, Investire. He currently is the coordinator to the EERA PV Joint Programme



Dr. Oriol Nos Aguila joined the CEA-INES in 2013 as a research engineer in the heterojunction silicon solar cells group where he is currently working on IBC-HET solar cells development. He obtained his Master’s degree on Physics Engineering in 2007 from the University of Barcelona where he graduated in 2012 with a Physics Ph.D. on
the development of tandem amorphous/microcrystalline Silicon thin films for solar cells application.



Dr Samuel HARRISON joined the Heterojunction Cell research group in 2008. First in charge of industrial development, he is now working on the development of IBC-HET solar Cells. After his Engineering degree received in 2001 from the INSA de Lyon, he obtained in 2005 his PHD in Micro and Nano-Electronics from the University of Marseille, working along with STMicroelectronics on the development of advanced CMOS architectures.



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