IFE is the Center host institution. IFE`s Department for Solar Energy has a strong track record in Si-based solar cell research. It has excellent laboratories, and both the Solar Cell Laboratory and Silicon Production Laboratory at IFE are crucial for the planned research in WP1, 2 and 3. IFE’s substantial experience with renewable energy systems is a basis for WP4, an activity that IFE will head. Professor Erik Stensrud Marstein from IFE is the Center Director

NMBU has 5000 students studying and doing research with an interdisciplinary aim of contributing to the well-being of the planet. NMBU will perform research on end use of PV in WP4, and also participate in WP2.

NTNU is the leading educational institution in Norway within science and technology. Different departments at NTNU are contributing in SUSOLTECH with support of acknowledged experts and young researchers. NTNU possesses state-of-the-art solar research laboratories and supportive infrastructure. NTNU is actively doing research along the whole value chain from sustainable solar silicon feedstock production, trough fabrication of high performance mono- and multi-crystalline silicon ingots, developing high-efficiency silicon-based solar cells, to building-integrated PV solutions

SINTEF is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia with approximately 2100 employees. Based on the vision “technology for a better society”, the SINTEF group provides research-based knowledge with the purpose of strengthening the industrial competitive power of existing industry and stimulating new industrial activity. Research within silicon based solar cell technology is one of SINTEF’s key priorities within the area of renewable energy, in order to contribute to a global decrease of CO2 emissions, and to support the further development of a vital and growing Norwegian PV industry.

UIA seeks to develop education and research at a high international level, and to be a driving force for developing society, culture, industry and commerce. UiA is located in southern Norway, with 12 000 students and 1 100 employees distributed across two campuses in the coastal towns of Kristiansand and Grimstad. The university has developed close ties with regional businesses and the public sector. UiA has strong international connections, with 200 international agreements in place and an active academic exchange of students and staff with partner institutions worldwide. Renewable energy was the first designated top research area at UiA. The Energy Materials and Energy Systems groups at the Department of Engineering carry out a number of student and industry projects related to solar cell technology. Indoor laboratory and outdoor field testing facilities are available for the study of performance and degradation properties of photovoltaic materials and system

UiO The University of Oslo was established in 1811 and is Norway’s oldest university. UiO’s core activity focuses on education, research, dissemination and innovation. Many of the 21st century’s global challenges, such as climate, energy, health, poverty and violation of human rights, observe neither disciplinary boundaries nor geographic borders. UiO aims to make a significant contribution to the knowledge base that is needed in order to address the major global challenges of today