Mid-sized tier-one PV manufacturer, China Sunergy (CSUN), has teamed with state-owned 48th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation on materials and equipment research as well as to “co-develop solar projects”.
Dr. Jianhua Zhao, chief technology officer of China Sunergy said: “For this strategic collaboration, we mainly aim to co-declare scientific research, co-research photovoltaic materials and equipment, and co-develop solar projects. We believe the combination of our leading technology and the Research Institute's expertise in photovoltaic equipment and large user base will accelerate the development and monetisation of innovations.”
CSUN is not alone in having a network of strategic R&D collaborations and currently has its R&D centre located at Nanjing University and also works with Hebei University of Technology.
The company also teamed with New South Innovations Pty Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of New South Wales to improve wafer material quality in a five-year collaborative research agreement. Dr. Zhao had been a scientist at the University.
CSUN’s R&D expenditure in 2013 was 1.9% of annual revenue or about US$6 million, compared to 2.9% and US$8.6 million respectively in 2012.