India’s module maker Vikram Solar and France’s research institution CEA will collaborate on solar R&D. (Photo Credit: Vikram Solar)
- India’s module maker Vikram Solar and French state research institution CEA have signed a collaboration agreement
- CEA will share its expertise and technologies in the field of solar energy, storage, among others, with Vikram Solar
- Vikram Solar will apply this research to large-volume manufacturing
- The Indian company plans to expand into battery solutions
Indian PV module manufacturer Vikram Solar has signed a collaboration agreement with French technology research institution Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). The agreement is about advanced research cooperation on high-efficiency crystalline silicon cells, modules and systems, as well as high-efficiency generation and storage technologies for the French and Indian markets.
CEA conducts research on thermal and solar PV energy to support industrial companies. Its dedicated PV R&D platform is the National Institute of Solar Energy (INES), with whom the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) in India signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) recently during the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) (see Big Announcements At ISA Conference). The agreement between CEA and Vikram Solar was also signed during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India.
According to the signed MOU, the CEA will share expertise and technologies in the field of solar energy, storage, smart grid and thermal efficiency. The Indian manufacturer will then apply this to large-volume manufacturing with the aim to improve PV cell and module efficiencies. Vikram Solar also wants to expand into battery technology
Last year, Vikram Solar increased its module manufacturing capacity by 500 MW (see Vikram Solar Expands Capacity To 1 GW).
The collaboration will also include R&D work on mono and bifacial modules, agri-photovoltaics, solar mobility, and more. Both the organizations plan to explore new competitive materials to reduce costs.