Friday, February 6, 2009

Canadian Solar launches new PV cell research center in China's Suzhou

BEIJING, Feb 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- China-based solar product producer Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ.Nsadaq) announced that it has officially opened a new PV cell research center in East China's Suzhou in partnership with Dupont, University of Toronto and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

This research center will consolidate all R&D facilities of Canadian Solar in one place in order to heighten the efficiency and product yield of both regular polysilicon cells and proprietary solar grade e-cells.

Now, the research center is staffed with 20 scientists, engineers and technicians with ultimate workers to be as many as 38.

Canadian Solar has paid most of the outlay for the construction of this facility in 2008, which will have total cost of 10 million U.S. dollars and 1,500 square meters of acreage.

Qu Xiaohua, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, said that this solar company aims to improve average cell efficiency for polysilicon/monocrystalline cells to 18.5 percent and solar grade cells to 15.5 percent within 12 months.

The cooperation between Canadian Solar and DuPont will focus on solar grade cells, according to Canadian Solar.

Canadian Solar has chosen selective emitter, N-type and back-contact cells and other high efficiency structures for study in a bid to raise efficiency.

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