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Silicon valley of solar R&D

The head of School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW, Doctor Richard Corkish has mentioned that Australia’ has the opportunity of creating a mini ‘silicon valley’ for solar research, as the country currently has global leadership in the silicon solar cells.

UNSW’s research with Suntech, called the Pluto technology set the world record in 2008 for performance of solar cells at 25 per cent efficiency, as well as setting a world record for
conversion efficiency at 20.3 per cent recently. This highly efficient Pluto cell adopts a unique texturing process that allows it to improve sunlight absorption, even when there is low or indirect sunlight which also improves economic efficiency.

Corkish suggests that the global photovoltaic market would grow massively in the coming years and it would be a smart decision for solar PV manufacturers as well as researchers to
be able to create a mini ‘silicon valley’ to develop even greater research based off the Pluto solar cell technology.

Have a read: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/unsw-says-australia-could-be-silicon-valley-of-solar-rd-13595

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