Synopsys, Inc. has received a multiple tool order from the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) for its Sentaurus TCAD system to aid in the solar research company’s development programs. SERIS is Singapore’s national institute for applied solar energy research, jointly sponsored by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the National University of Singapore (NUS).
The Sentaurus TCAD tools simulate the fabrication steps and photovoltaic performance of solar cells, leading to developments in cell designs and ultimately increased cell efficiency at lower costs. SERIS’s research focuses mainly on the development of materials, components, processes and systems for the generation of solar power.
“Solar cells are demanding semiconductor devices. To bring down the cost of solar photovoltaic electricity, we need to realize advanced solar cell designs using inexpensive semiconductor materials and surface coatings. Multi-dimensional computer simulation is a powerful tool to provide us with the physical insight needed to explore and optimize new designs,” said Professor Armin Aberle, deputy chief executive officer of SERIS.
“We see a big role for simulation in the development of solar cells. The work SERIS is carrying out with our Sentaurus TCAD tools not only improves the current state-of-the art, but also gives us a window into the future of photovoltaic research so we can stay abreast of this rapidly changing field and continue to improve our capabilities,” said Howard Ko, general manager and senior vice president of the Silicon Engineering Group at Synopsys.