MINES-Paristech has been a member of EUREC since 1991. PERSEE (Center for Processes, Renewable Energy and Energy Systems) is one of the 18 Research Centres of MINES-Paristech. It is composed of about 60 people located at Sophia Antipolis (south east of France) the biggest European Technopole. Upon their arrival at Sophia Antipolis, students register with MINES-Paristech as full time postgraduate students. They remain registered as MINES-Paristech students throughout the full duration of the programme and their degree is awarded by MINES-Paristech.