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DEK Solar and Yingli team up to build China solar power research centre

Chinese and UK firms join to establish solar research centre in Baoding

The solar power research centre is expected to impact the PV industry both in China and around the world

PV tech firms in the UK and China are working together to develop a solar power research centre in the BRIC country to drive innovation. UK company DEK Solar and China’s Yingli Group have announced the joint research centre, which will be built in the city Baoding, in Northeast China.

The companies have said the centre will help drive PV technology innovations and nurture the next generation of talent in the Chinese solar market.

DEK Solar said the Yingli Solar State Key Lab is being created to benefit the local PV industry and to provide a platform for solar manufacturers to develop new technologies, processes and materials. The solar news follows announcements of other research centres being built in China. This includes the STAR Centre announced in Shangyu.

Under the terms of the agreement, DEK Solar will make a metallisation line available to the Yingli Solar State Key Laboratory. This aims to jointly pursue the research and development of metallisation technology and solar panels. 

The company said the inclusion of a DEK Solar Apollo metallisation platform will enable further international collaboration on core technology and application development. 

Brian Lau, director of DEK Solar, said: “We continue to make significant investments in the Chinese PV market because we firmly believe that it is heading towards an upturn in 2014.”

He added: “The Yingli State Key Lab will take us a step further towards realising these goals, and we are proud to be partnering with Yingli Group, one of the global leaders in PV manufacturing.”

Mr Miao Liansheng, chairman and CEO of Yingli Group, said: “DEK Solar is the perfect partner to help ensure the Yingli State Key Lab is a success for the local PV industry.”

“We are both determined to help achieve an upturn in the Chinese PV market, and we know that this can be made possible by investing in people and technology,” he added. “The PV market is poised for an upturn and collaborations such as the Yingli Lab will ensure that it is China that drives this forward.”