More than 60 participants attended the information day about organic photovoltaics

On Wednesday 12 February 2020, the information day on organic photovoltaics organized by the PROOF consortium was held at the headquarters of the Grand Est Region in Strasbourg.

The day was organized around two sessions:

– the morning opened with a welcome address by Lilla Merabet, Vice-President of the Grand Est Region, in charge of Competitiveness, Innovation and Digital. Daniel Lincot, CNRS Research Director and former Director of the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF), enlightened the audience on the current challenges of photovoltaics in general, and on the development of emerging technologies in the field. Jean Damian, Director of Soprasolar, then presented the existing visions and opportunities from the point of view of the photovoltaic markets. Stéphanie Courtel, from the company ARMOR, pioneer in the production of flexible organic photovoltaic modules, presented the ASCA film technology and its possible applications. Finally, Thomas Heiser, coordinator of the PROOF project, presented the project, its actions and results.

– The afternoon session, focused on science, was devoted to presenting the contributions and opportunities of the different disciplines involved in the development of organic photovoltaics: chemistry, physics and engineering.

With a total of 63 people in attendance throughout the day, there was a great response from the public.
The audience was made up of researchers and students (38%), agents from local authorities and administrations (27%), local SMEs (15%), construction and energy associations (11%) and architectural firms (9%).This day concluded the activities of the PROOF project, highlighting the relevance and market opportunities offered by this research topic to contribute to the energy transition; but also raising the financing needs to continue to improve the energy performance and sustainability of this technology and accelerate its industrial development.

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