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Swinburne University and Suntech develop next generation solar

Swinburne University of Technology and solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd, are cooperating on the creation of next generation solar cells that are “twice as efficient and run at half the cost of those currently available.”

The project will be based around the development of nanoplasmonic solar cells, which allows for the collection of solar energy in a wider range of colours. According to Professor Gu, these will be “twice as efficient as the current generation of cells, and will also cost significantly less to run.”

The Australian university will contribute $3 million dollars to the venture, with Suntech pledging a further $3 million over the course of the collaboration. The project is also seeking funding from the Victorian Government.

Leading the group will be Swinburne Centre for Micro-Photonics Director, Professor Min Gu and Suntech CEO Dr Shi Zhengrong.

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