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Claimed to be the first R&D facility in China focused on solar cell technology development, Chinese conglomerate, BYD has opened the BYD Ningbo PV R&D Centre in the Beilun Free Trade Zone. The new facility was said to be an important strategic initiative of the company and would also employ semiconductor production equipment to develop next generation solar cells.
“Using semiconductor production equipments to do research and testing on solar cell production is an industry first in China,” noted He Long, the vice president of BYD Company. “BYD will integrate the existing equipments and resources to catch up with or even excess the R&D level of PV counterparts at home and abroad on specific fields in the industry.”
The new facility is expected to support the further roll-out of integrated PV systems.