[Solar energy] Photowatt banking on innovation in the Lyon area
Photowatt, a major player in the French solar industry for the past 35 years, is ramping up its research activities to strengthen its position as leader.
Based in Bourgoin-Jallieu, a town in the Porte d’Isère Metropolitan Area (CAPI) located near Lyon, this subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles develops and produces photovoltaic systems using 100% French technology. Photowatt is today the sole integrated manufacturer in the French solar industry, meaning that the company manufactures all of the components in these modules (ingots, wafers and cells) itself.
Active in a sector dominated by China, Photowatt highlights its strong capacity for innovation. Its competitive advantage: photovoltaic panels with higher yields than most of the systems available on the market (17.75% compared to 15.7% on average). In order to do this, the company invests heavily in R&D so as to ensure continuous improvement through the development of cells with higher energy yields.
To consolidate its position as leader, Photowatt can also count on flagship products such as the Ombriwatt, a solar-based system enabling electric vehicles to recharge their own batteries. This system is being tested at Photowatt’s Bourgoin-Jallieu facility for travel to and from the new assembly unit, located in Vaulx-Milieu, some 10 km away, in an environmentally friendly manner.
Located near Lyon, Photowatt capitalizes on the dynamism of the Rhône-Alpes region, France’s leader in the production of energy and electricity. New environmental policies and the energy transition have also made solar energy a buoyant sector for business and job creation in the region.