Our R&D provides practical solutions for the business and energy concerns of our clients. Our process advances either by technology breakthroughs: since they outperform existing technologies, our solutions place our clients light years ahead of their competitors; or by disruptive innovation: by completely redefining the rules of the game in a new way from existing technology, our solutions create the strategic markets of tomorrow.
Sunpartner Technologies is involved in two revolutionary R & D projects: smart textiles and solar greenhouses.
Photovoltaic Textiles – Soltex: Fabrics of the Future
Make a photovoltaic thread that, whether woven or knitted, will be integrated into the fabric substrate to make a smart textile that can generate solar electricity. This invisible technology will enable the textile to retain all its usual properties (texture, color, suppleness, lightness, strength) while making it energy independent, able to power a variety of smart functions and other nearby devices.
> Applications, Markets
Awnings and covers (motorized or not), agricultural protection nets, sheeting for greenhouses, protective clothing, accessories in the passenger compartment of vehicles, sport and recreation equipment.
The Soltex project is working on integrating PV cells into the structure of the fabric substrate itself. Part of the research is developing a thread with a PV cell made from inorganic material, while another part involves inventing a solution for recovering-converting energy, which can be integrated into end products that are already on the market.
This technology is expected to reach the market in 2019.
The project milestones:
>2015: Samples of PV threads
>2016: First textile samples
>2018: Samples of industrially manufactured textiles
>2019: Product prototypes
Launched in February 2014, Sunpartner Technologies is managing this project with six partners:
• Sunpartner Technologies, specialist in solar NETs (inventor of Wysips® technologies)
• Qualiflow Therm, specialist in manufacturing equipment for the microelectronics and photovoltaic industries
• Groupe Payen, leader in polymer fibers, threads, and elastic fabrics
• Texinov, manufacturer of knitted technical textiles
• Raidlight Vertical, the leading brand in trail-running equipment
1 Research Institute:
• CEA-Liten (Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials).
A User’s Club enables us to anticipate the needs of manufactuers and end users in order to prepare the commercial launch of this technology.
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Solar Greenhouses – Purple Sun: The Future of the Microalgae Industry
Accelerate the development and performance of the microalgae industry with a solar greenhouse solution that optimizes both the production of algal biomass and photovoltaic energy.
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Microalgae is used for animal feed, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals and is a key factor in the development of green chemistry (fertilizers, bioplastics) and bioenergy.
Purple Sun is a revolutionary concept for positive energy microalgae culture. The project segments the solar spectrum to promote both biomass photosynthesis and the generation of photovoltaic electricity. In doing so, Purple Sun is also creating the next generation of PV greenhouse components.
Purple Sun has been awarded the French Research Ministry’s ANR research grant, in Bio-Materials and Energy 2013-2016.
The Purple Sun consortium is made up of six partners:
• ARMINES PERSEE (Mines Paris Tech),
• lNRA Sophia-Antipolis (team TEAPA),
• INRIA Sophia Antipolis-Méditerranée (team Biocore), project leader,
• LOV (Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, CNRS),
• Sunpartner Technologies.
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PV Concentration Systems, Decentralized Simple and Co-Generation Plants
Promote access to distributed, renewable energy by providing operators, developers, and users with tailor-made, micro-production solutions. These solutions need to be robust and scalable, locally manufactured, low-cost, and high-yield.
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Distributed energy plants producing electricity alone or electricity and heat (co-generation) for companies and public agencies, such as in energy production, solar cooling systems, agribusiness, desalinization.
We are currently developing two medium-concentration PV plants: the AX203pv, focused on producing electricity, concentrates light rays by a factor of 15 to 20; and the AX203 hybrid co-generates electricity and heat by converting over 75% of the sunlight.
For two years, our pilot sites in France and Morocco have enabled us to constantly improve our technologies, materials (reducing monocrystalline silicon quantities), yields, production costs, and various dedicated solutions. The final products are expected to be on the market in 2016.
French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Véolia, Dalkia, Schneider Electric, and Artemia are our partners for the French and Moroccan pilot plants.