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Who we are

In order to meet its objectives, the HERCULES partnership gathers the leading European Research Institutes and Industries in crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic committed to reinforce the competitiveness of the EU PV industry. The HERCULES set of expertise presents synergies both on the R&D side, with a diverse set of competences and experimental techniques that are available to the consortium, as well as through the whole industrial value chain, from the silicon feedstock to the module.

The project partners are:

Research Centres:

  • Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) - National Institute for Solar Energy (INES)
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (ISE)
  • International Solar Energy Research Center Konstanz (ISC)
  • Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique SA - Recherche et Developpement (CSEM)
  • Institut für Solarenergieforschung Hameln GmbH (ISFH)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH (HZB)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)


  • Institute of Microtechnology (IMT), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC)

Industrial Partners, companies:

  • Meyer Burger AG (MEYER BURGER)
  • Roth & Rau AG (R&R)
  • Norsun AS (Norsun)
  • Electricite de France S.A. (EDF)
  • Eurotron BV (EUROTRON)
  • Semilab Felvezeto Fizikai Laboratorium Reszvenytarsasag (SEMILAB)

ALMA consulting group SAS (ALMA)