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École Polytechnique officially opens its 23rd laboratory

The founding members of the Île-de-France Photovoltaic Institute attended its official opening on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The Institute houses the Joint Research Unit of the same name created by École Polytechnique and CNRS in June 2018. To mark the occasion, l'X and Total also signed a contract to create a new Chair for responsible energy.

On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, the Île-de-France Photovoltaic Institute ( (Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France, "IPVF") was officially opened in the presence of Ecology Minister, François de Rugy, along with government representatives and the founding members of the Institute, namely EDF, Total, Air Liquide, Riber, Horiba, CNRS and École Polytechnique.

The IPVF aims to bring together the top minds in the country specializing in photovoltaics research. Covering an area of 8,000 m², including 3,500 m² of laboratory space, the Institute includes around 100 units of cutting-edge research equipment and is accredited as the "Institute for Energy Transition".

Almost 70% of the IPVF is devoted to a collaborative research program between its founding partners, and the Institute is already home to nearly 150 members from research, academic and industrial circles. Among them is the Île-de-France Photovoltaic Institute Joint Research Unit team, formed on June 1, 2018; supported collectively by CNRS, École Polytechnique, Chimie ParisTech, EDF, Air Liquide, Total and IPVF; and headed by CNRS research director, Jean-François Guillemoles.

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A Chair set up with Total for responsible energy
On Tuesday, December 18, Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique; Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of the Total Group; and Jean-Bernard Lartigue, Executive Director of the École Polytechnique Foundation, signed an international partnership agreement for the development of education and research into "Technological Challenges for Responsible Energy". In conjunction with the work of the IPVF, this Chair seeks to support research and education into energy capture and storage at numerous different scales, from the material right through to the system. The project is led by Philippe Drobinski, CNRS research director, l’X professor and Director of the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory.