Hanwha Solar’s Korea and China PV R&D centres have been joined by a geographically distant sibling with the company opening its latest R&D laboratory in Santa Clara, California. The facility will focus on next-generation PV concepts for efficient, low-cost conversion of solar energy into electricity. Hanwha invested US$14 million to construct the 30,000 square foot site, which it notes was built with room for expansion in mind.
“Hanwha Solar located this facility in Silicon Valley to tap into the region’s culture of innovation and technical expertise,” said Hee Cheul Kim, president of Hanwha Solar. “It is critical for a global company like Hanwha Solar to have a strong presence in California, because it is the epicenter of clean technology R&D. The investment being made in solar is a reflection of the confidence the Hanwha Group has in clean energy as a long term growth engine.”
The California R&D centre will employ 30 people and marks Hanwha’s total US investment over the past two years at US$50 million. It plans to continue expanding its North American presence over the coming years with further investments, employment and strategic partnerships with businesses that mirror its partnerships with OneRoof Energy, Crystal Solar, Solar Monkey and 1366 Technologies.