“IES/UPM has undoubtedly represented the necessary condition, although not sufficient, to bring Spain to the first league of the photovoltaic industrial powers. It has helped to make Spain one of the first markets in the world.
Nowadays, the lack of ultrapure silicon is putting the Spanish privileged position at risk. Although living in a global world, it must be taken into account that countries also at the top, like Japan, Germany, USA and also China, have or may have the ability to manufacture ultrapure silicon. It is imperative to reach this capability in Spain, and this constitutes the present main effort of IES/UPM.
Our believe is that current technology, promoting a huge photovoltaic industry, will not be able to reach the necessary objectives to drastically reduce CO2 emissions. Therefore, new concepts able to be learnt should be developed. IES/UPM is nowadays leading the probably most organized attempt to reach these high learning capability concepts. Very high concentration systems with multijunction cells are the bridgehead for this operation and there are signs indicating these could be in the market in two or three year time. IES/UPM is also on the origin and the development of this operation. But looking forward, the learning capability of these systems must be fed with further research, even fundamentals. And this is also what IES/UPM is doing by means of options such as the intermediate band materials, invented by its scientists, which have already aroused a high international scientific interest”.
Prof. Antonio Luque, Chairman of the Institute
Madrid, April 2008
“The contribution of renewable energies towards a new energetic model, as well as the need to replace the current productive model in Spain with a new one based on knowledge and innovation, are highly topical subjects nowadays.
The Institute of Solar Energy is being positively contributing to these fields several years ago, and has played a leading role in the development of photovoltaic solar energy (not only in Spain) with a remarkable research vocation linked to the endeavor of its practical implementation. On the other hand, the Institute counts on a wide experience in educating students and PhDs, which can be rather useful in these moments of reorientation of university education and teaching methods.
From the Institute of Solar Energy, we will keep on working with enthusiasm and rigor towards the deployment of photovoltaic solar energy as a significant contribution mean to satisfy our energetic needs.”Carlos del Cañizo Nadal Director del Instituto de Energía Solar
Carlos del Cañizo Nadal
Director Institute of Solar Energy