China Sunergy and the University of New South Wales, Australia (UNSW) are undertaking a five-year R&D programme to significantly improve solar wafer material quality using UNSW's advanced hydrogenation technology.
The agreement with China Sunergy will be operated through NewSouth Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW.
UNSW has previously developed a process that employs hydrogen atoms to mask defects in multicrystalline wafers, boosting the electrical properties and providing higher cell conversion efficiencies. Lower grade quality wafers could also be used without a negative impact on the material quality of the wafer and typical efficiencies achieved with higher quality wafers.
Dr. Jianhua Zhao, chief technology officer of China Sunergy said: “We believe UNSW is a global leader in hydrogenation technology, and we are optimistic that this collaboration will bring mutual success for all three parties. If this research proves successful, China Sunergy would gain significant competitive advantages and cost savings, as we will be entitled to deploy the resulting technologies throughout our product portfolio.”
Financial details were not disclosed.