- Lead Organisation
Australian National University (ANU)Location
Canberra, Australian Capital TerritoryARENA Program
1 December 2017
30 September 2022
- Project PartnersUNSW, BT Imaging, Jinko Solar, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sinton Instruments, Norwegian Crystals, Topsil Global Wafers, MiaSole Hi-Tech Corp, TeslaThis solar PV project was completed on 30 September 2022.
The Driving Increased Efficiency and Reliability in Silicon Photovoltaics project brings together leading research teams and industry partners from around the world to tackle the most important sources of efficiency loss in silicon solar cells. We will develop powerful new methods to identify these loss mechanisms, and new approaches to reduce their impact.
- Developed new methods for improving Jinko Solar’s ingots, wafers, and cells
- Demonstrated high efficiency solar cells on these materials with industrially compatible processing
- Collaborated with German Fraunhofer ISE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the USA, improving characterisation of silicon materials and solar cells.
The Driving Increased Efficiency and Reliability in Silicon Photovoltaics project will identify important sources of power loss in silicon photovoltaic technology across the entire production chain, from silicon ingot growth, through to wafers, cells and modules. New methods for detecting and eliminating defects in silicon modules will be developed, and then applied in industry, leading to more efficient and reliable photovoltaic modules. This joint project between ANU and UNSW involves world-leading institutes and companies such as Jinko Solar (China), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Research (Germany), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA), and BT Imaging (Australia).
The project will lead to more efficient and reliable silicon photovoltaic modules in mass production, which will in turn result in lower costs for solar electricity for Australian households.