REC Receives Funding For Back-Contact Solar Cell Research


Norway-headquartered Renewable Energy Corp. (REC) says it is one of five solar energy research teams selected to receive grants totaling $8.53 million under the Clean Energy Research Program (CERP) in Singapore.

Launched in 2007 by the Energy Innovation Program Office, CERP is intended to expedite the development of the clean energy industry in Singapore. Key initiatives include the establishment of public-sector research and development centers, competitive funding and talent development programs.

The fifth and final grant call from the CERP (under which REC received its award) concentrated on two areas: improving silicon wafer-based solar cell manufacturing processes and technologies, and thin-film solar cells based on the chalcopyrite materials system.

REC says it received a grant for a proposal to develop and industrialize cost-effective and high-performing back-contact modules based on back-contacted cells using metal-wrap-through technology. The company will work closely with its partner, ASM Technology Singapore Pte. Ltd.

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