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UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, a global centre of excellence in photovoltaic research, is leading the development of highly-efficient thin crystalline silicon solar cells and flexible solar modules.

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Competitive advantage

  • Unmatched expertise from over 30 years of world record breaking silicon solar cell development
  • Advanced surface and contact passivation technology allows for high-efficiency thin silicon solar cells
  • Crystalline silicon technology has proven reliability and longevity, and offers the best compromise between cost and efficiency
  • Thin silicon solar cells are flexible, allowing for implementation in lightweight and foldable solar modules that can be used to charge equipment in the field or incorporated into other equipment


  • Cheaper, silent and more efficient in-field power generation for personnel, minimising the need for batteries
  • Reduced fuel requirements for deployments

Capabilities and facilities

  • Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF)—an on-campus R&D pilot line for silicon wafer solar cells
  • State-of-the-art labs for cutting edge academic research in silicon wafer fabrication and characterisation