IPVF/TOTAL Internship: Environmental impact assessment of lead-based perovskites used in solar cells

Contract type: Internship

Starting date: ASAP (2021)

Duration: 6 months

Working Place: Palaiseau

Education: Master 2 ; Engineer

Salary: Salary grid

IPVF in brief

Become an actor of the Energy Transition by joining a team driven by innovation and impact to address today’s most decisive challenges.

IPVF – Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France, is a global Research, Innovation and Education center, whose mission is to accelerate energy transition through science & technology.

Gathering industrial PV leaders (EDF, Total, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber) and world-renowned academic research teams (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique), multi-disciplinary and international IPVF teams conduct research for clean energy technologies.

Supported by the French State, IPVF is labelled Institute for Energy Transition (ITE).

IPVF at a glance:

  • An ambitious Scientific and Technological Program: from tandem solar cell technologies to economy & market assessment, state-of-the art characterization, photocatalysis and concepts breakthrough.
  • A state-of-the-art technological platform: more than 100 tools, located in cleanrooms (advanced characterization, materials deposition, prototypes for fabrication, modelling…).
  • A high-standard Education program (M.S. and PhD students).

Job context

An economically and environmentally energy transition requires new components that are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and recyclable. For this to happen, innovations should address all stages in the product lifecycle, from design to end-of-life solutions.

IPVF has taken on environmental concerns as an increasingly essential role in technology development. Considering the lifecycle assessment (LCA) as vital as the technical and economic assessments, it serves not only as a basis to determine whether to move forward with a new technology, but also, it allows to provide recommendations for industrial best practices.

We have recently pursued an ex-ante LCA study of perovskite on silicon tandem modules at industrial scale , which is an emerging photovoltaic (PV) technology showing promising pathways towards commercialization. In that framework, we propose to complement the environmental impact analysis by assessing the end-of-life (EoL) of such tandem modules.  


Salas-Redondo, et al (2020). Life Cycle Assessment of perovskite on crystalline silicon tandem modules at industrial scale. EU PVSEC Proceedings.

IPVF Research Program involving this internship position: https://ipvf.fr/lars-oberbeck-introducing-ipvf-programme-1-techno-economic-analyses-and-opportunities/

Main missions

The candidate will be involved in the implementation of EoL methodologies in the current LCA model of a perovskite on silicon PV tandem system.

The intern will aim to:

  • Assist in the selection of the EoL scenarios to be treated in the LCA model, contemplating circular strategies for PV waste management (reduce, reuse, and recycle).
  • Build the inventory data around the different EoL scenarios, considering current regulations, but also the upcoming sustainability criteria of PV panels (e.g. eco-labeling…).
  • Perform statistical analysis in the sensitivity study.
  • Support in the identification of other relevant aspects influencing the environmental impact and define the scenario(s) to include in the sensitivity analysis.

Expected profile


  • Basic life cycle assessment
  • Basic environmental sustainability
  • Statistics, data processing


  • Written and oral communication
  • English B1
  • Critical analysis

Self-management skills

  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Proactive and autonomous
  • Curious and challenge-driven


Cover letter and CV to be sent to : caterin.salas@ipvf.fr

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