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Solar Industrial Research Facility

Our Solar Industrial Research Facility (SIRF) completed in 2011 is a showcase facility for solar cell research and development, and a key educational asset for training the future leaders of the photovoltaics industry.

This world-class, $16 million turnkey pilot line manufacturing facility enables the development of UNSW’s silicon solar cell technologies from laboratory processes to factory-ready industrial processes. It is the first facility of its kind in Australia.

The facility includes:

  • a silicon solar cell production line showcasing screen printed silicon monocrystalline and multicrystalline cells
  • three laboratories for developing and demonstrating industrial scale advanced technologies.

In addition, world-leading PV equipment companies will have space to introduce and test toolsets in advanced cell and module processing, which can then be further developed to incorporate the manufacturing improvements that arise.

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