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Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) advised that it was one of five solar energy research teams selected for a grant totalling €6.9 million under the Clean Energy Research Program (CERP). The CERP was created by the Energy Innovation Program Office (EIPO) in 2007 to accelerate the development of the clean energy industry in Singapore.
This is the CERP’s fifth and final grant and concentrates on two areas including the improvement of silicon wafer-based solar cell manufacturing processes and technologies and thin-film solar cells based on the Chalcopyrite materials system. REC received a grant for its proposal to develop and industrialize cost effective and high performing back contact modules based on back-contacted cells using high efficiency Metal Wrap Through (MWT) technology. REC plans to work closely with its partner ASM Technology Singapore for the project.
The company noted that its proposal not only has an aim to decrease module manufacturing costs, but to also improve module efficiency. “REC is proud to receive this grant from the CERP for one of our new cell technology projects. This new technology has the potential to optimize manufacturing processes while increasing module power to benefit solar consumers,” said Luc Graré, senior vice president of sales and marketing, cells and modules at REC Solar. “The business-friendly environment in Singapore, as well as its strong Intellectual Property (IP) protection, government support and skilled workforce makes it a strategic location for us.”