The Norwegian Research Centre for Solar Cell Technology joins the major Norwegian scientific and industrial players in the field of photovoltaic technology. The Centre aims at further developing the strong, Norwegian photovoltaic industry and substantially contributing towards making solar energy a significant renewable energy source. From January 2013, the Centre partners are IFE, NTNU, SINTEF, the University of Oslo, Elkem Solar, Norsun, the Quartz Corp and REC.
The main objective of the Centre is to give current and future companies in the Norwegian photovoltaic industry access to world leading technological and scientific expertise, thereby enabling this industry to grow into one of the most important land-based industries in Norway. This will be achieved by the following goals:
- To build a national, scientific and technological research and education infrastructure that covers the solar cell value chain from raw materials to finished solar cells and modules.
- To establish a national researcher school in solar cell technology.
- To train 23 PhD and 21 post.doc candidates as a recruitment base for the growing photovoltaic industry.
- To coordinate strategic investments in equipment, personnel, competence development and technology in the coming 8-year period to fill gaps in the research infrastructure and to carry out world leading research.
- To strengthen the recruitment of masterís students to relevant fields.
- To create an arena for industry, research institutes and academia where fundamental knowledge is transformed into innovative ideas that form the basis for future innovation 'harvesting' projects in conjunction to the Centre.
The research in the Centre will be performed within 6 work packages. The total Centre budget is 374 MNOK over the duration of the Centre (2009–2017).
Contact: Erik Stensrud Marstein - Centre Manager
Centre members can find more information on our internal e-room.