JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd., a vertically integrated solar power product manufacturer based in China, has created a new research and development (R&D) center to focus on improving conversion efficiency of solar cells and next-generation photovoltaic technology.
With the new R&D center, JinkoSolar says it is targeting to increase the conversion efficiency rate to more than 18.6% for monocrystalline solar cells and more than 17.5% for multicrystalline solar cells by the end of the year, compared with the current average efficiency rate of 18.1% and 16.8%, respectively. JinkoSolar will launch the first generation of its Blue Cell modules in the third quarter of the year.
Chaolin Zha, R&D technology director of JinkoSolar, will lead the center. Zha holds a Ph.D. in semiconductor physics from Fudan University and completed post-doctoral works involving crystalline silicon solar cells and micro/nano-electronics at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway, and Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.
The company has also announced the resignation of Guoxiao Yao, chief technology officer.