Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar is opening a new R&D center to focus on improving conversion efficiencies of solar cells and next-generation photovoltaic technology. The company aims to boost the efficiencies of its monocrystalline-silicon cells from 18.1% to >18.6% and its multicrystalline cells from 16.8% to >17.5% by year's end. The firm is also planning to launch the first generation of its Blue Cell modules in Q3, featuring the high-efficiency monocrystalline cell technology.
Chaolin Zha, JinkoSolar's R&D technology director of JinkoSolar, has been tapped to head the center. He holds a PhD in semiconductor physics from Fudan University and has completed postdoctoral work involving c-Si cells and micro/nanoelectronics at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway, and Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Zha worked for Shanghai Tomi Solar Technologies and has over four years of working experience in the PV industry and over 10 years of scientific research in crystalline silicon solar cells.
The company also announced the resignation of CTO Guoxiao Yao, for personal reasons.
“We appreciate Mr. Yao's contribution to JinkoSolar,” said CEO Kangping Chen. “His guidance has helped us establish our research and development team and achieve significant improvements in our technological processes while maintaining our low-cost operations. With his help, we have built a solid foundation for the next stage in our research and development as we now expect to make significant improvements in the conversion efficiency of our products and in reducing non-silicon costs. We wish Mr. Yao great success in the future.”