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SOlar PHotovoltaics InfrAstructure

The SOPHIA project brings together 17 main Photovoltaic Research Centres in Europe and three additional partners, EUREC, DERlab and Agency and the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, providing links to the industry and to the rest of the research community. The main objective of this project is to provide the industrial and scientific communities with common referential to conduct efficient and coordinated research works in the field of PV technologies and applications.

Most aspects of photovoltaics will be addressed, ranging from specific material issues (silicon, thin films, organic) to cell modelling and from photovoltaic module lifetime to complete system characterisation.

Project coordinator: Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique – Institut National des Energies Solaires

Project partners

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V

Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)


Risø National Laboratory, Technical University of Denmark (RISOE)



Forschungszentrum– Jülich GmbH

Universidad Politécnica deMadrid

Enel Ingenera e Innovazione S.p.A

Loughborough University – Centre for renewable Energy Systems Technology

ENEA Portici Research Centre

Valtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus (VTT)

European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA)

European Renewable Energy Centres Agency

Tecnalia Corporación Tecnológica IAE