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    Before 2008, my interest in the sun was limited to preventing the inevitable sunburn on the first summer beach day and observing sun spots when handed my first telescope. Several decades later and after nearly twenty years in the semiconductor industry, a new solar interest has arisen. Last year I realized, with the prodding and assistance of many colleagues, that today’s solar cell technology is green. Not just the environmental kind of green, but the engineering kind with many opportunities for improvement in both performance and cost. Welcome to The Solar Cell Corner: a forum for discussing the motivation, techniques, ideas and prospects for improving solar cell performance and cost. Send in your comments and share in the adventure.

    - Ricardo Borges

Photovoltaic Research in Singapore

Posted by ricardo borges on March 16th, 2009

Singapore is a bastion of economic output and high-technology innovation. With a population of 4.6 million, it boasts a diversified export-driven economy with leading companies in semiconductors, electronic manufacturing, biotechnology, petrochemicals and financial services. The Economist magazine recently ranked Singapore as the country in the world with the best business environment and its March 14th edition highlights Singapore, along with Israel and Denmark, as a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity.

With so much going for it, it not surprising the Singapore government has fostered an environment for incubating clean technology companies. Enter the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), Singapore’s national institute for applied solar energy research. Jointly sponsored by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), SERIS is spearheading photovoltaic (PV) research in the Asia-Pacific, taking a comprehensive approach ranging from materials and components to PV systems and energy-efficient buildings.

Under the guidance of two PV research veterans, Professors Joachim Luther and Armin Aberle, the researchers at SERIS are busy ramping up their activities and building their team which is projected to reach approximately 100 people by 2010. To lend insight into the intricate physics of solar cells, Synopsys is supplying the Sentaurus TCAD tools and co-hosting a seminar on solar cell simulation at SERIS on April 3rd. Whether by attending in person or by viewing the materials which will become available after the seminar, we welcome your participation.

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