The Instituto de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos de Concentración (ISFOC) takes on the role of technical sub-secretary of the INNFLUYE Project for creating a technological platform called Spanish PV Technological Platform (PTEF Project). This Project has been awarded for two years (2011-2012), with a total budget of €140,230.10, and has obtained funding of €70,115.05 in subsidies through the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Once again, The Ministry proves its great commitment and its involvement with the Spanish PV sector by supporting and funding the creation of this Platform up to 50%.

The role of Platform Technological secretary will be assumed by Soliker Company (Unisolar Group Lt), which, along with ISFOC, will make up the consortium in charge of creating and managing the Platform over those two years. The platform’s main goal is to strengthen the integration of Spanish companies and entities into the European R&D sector, as well as the Spanish interests in the sector, by increasing our capacities and access to the emerging levels of the markets through different instruments, like open cooperative research or inter-company alliances. Accelerating the Science and Innovation in the Spanish PV sector is a target to achieve if Spain's aim is to continue leading in the sector; therefore, it is necessary to develop harmony within the Science-Technology-Industry chain by amplifying its different activating instruments.

The project's main goal, as presented to the INNFLUYE 2011 Call launched by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, is the design, launching, and deployment of a Spanish PV Technological Platform (PTEF Project) including companies, Technological Centres, and Public Research Bodies from different areas of PV technology: thin layer, mono and poly-crystalline silicon, Concentration Photovoltaics, as well as the auxiliary devices or any other new or mixed PV technology, by identifying innovative lines regarding new applications and boosting the increasing presence of the Spanish Industry in International markets through different instruments of collaboration among companies and participant entities, especially those related to the research of an appropriate development of PPPs (Public-Private Partnership), say, industry prototypes and R&D projects. Therefore, technology transfers and access to new know-how among members is boosted, each one improving and consolidating their participation into the markets, becoming more efficient and competitive and leading to heightened social responsibility.

Regarding the technological research area, the heart of the Platform, the target is to create a collaborative instrument for the PV sector in order to activate crucial relationships between the public and private agents and to boost the R&D activity for the industrial development of the companies and the entities that participate with it.

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