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Cutting edge PV centre set for China

R&D centre will develop cutting-edge technologies to improve solar cell conversion efficiency

The R&D solar centre, which aims to improve solar cell efficiency, is being deve
The R&D solar centre, which aims to improve solar cell efficiency, is being established in China

An innovative R&D centre to advance solar cell efficiency is being developed for China. The country’s JA Solar, one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar cells and solar power products, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences ("SITP") to establish a centre for research and innovation in solar photovoltaic technology.

JA Solar and the SITP will work together to establish and operate the Centre of Excellence for Photovoltaic Innovation, which will be located at JA Solar's R&D facility in Yangzhou, China. The Centre will focus on developing and commercialising cutting-edge new technologies that improve solar cell conversion efficiency.

Founded in 1958, the SITP is recognised as one of the leading research institutes in the fields of optoelectronics and photovoltaic technology in China. Its more than 500 researchers have a particular expertise in infrared optoelectronics and new infrared photoelectric materials. JA Solar has worked closely with the SITP over the past two years to develop new crystalline silicon technologies, a partnership that has yielded particularly encouraging results in optical absorption in nanostructures.

"This partnership extends JA Solar's industry leading R&D capabilities," said Peng Fang, CEO of JA Solar. "The Centre for Excellence will enable us to continue to drive advances in solar technology and improvements in conversion efficiency. We are excited to work with the SITP in the years ahead to set new benchmarks for the global solar industry."

Dr. Xuechu Shen, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences at SITP, said: "JA Solar is recognized globally for its commitment to solar research and is the ideal partner for us on this exciting initiative. Our long-term existing partnership with JA Solar has already created encouraging results, and I'm confident that together we will set the industry standard for research excellence in the years ahead."