ScopeFrance’s Rhône-Alpes region is a hub for solar energy, both in terms of research and manufacturing of solar energy systems.
Rhône-Alpes is also home to INES, the French National Institute for Solar Energy, one of Europe’s leading solar energy research centers. Tenerrdis works closely with INES and other solar energy stakeholders to support the innovation required to make France’s solar energy industry competitive on the global market.
Tenerrdis members represent the entire photovoltaic solar energy industry value chain:
Tenerrdis also works actively to support local businesses—like Soitec and Heliotrop, for example—that focus on concentrator photovoltaics, a technology destined mainly for international sales.
Another of the cluster’s solar-energy-related focus areas is the production and management of heat from thermal solar collectors. Tenerrdis works with established industry leaders like solar collector manufacturer Clipsol and systems integrator and operator Dalkia.
Technology ResearchINES, France’s National Institute for Solar Energy, is one of Europe’s leading centers for solar energy research, innovation, and education.
The Institute is a joint initiative of the Savoie General Council and the Rhône-Alpes regional government, and is run by staff from the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the University of Savoie, and CSTB, a research center focusing on technology for the construction industry. Today, INES boasts a staff of 500 people from diverse backgrounds on a 22,000 m² campus.
Key FiguresSince 2005, TENERRDIS has certified 160 R&D projects and demonstrators in the field of solar energy, 68 of which have received government funding for a total of €205 million. These projects involve 85 companies, including 50 innovative small- to mid-sized businesses.
Breakdown of solar energy projects financed
(Tenerrdis-certified collaborative projects)