The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and JinkoSolar have partnered to develop high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells.

JinkoSolar will collaborate with SERIS to develop industry-feasible, high-efficiency crystalline Si solar cells that can generate power from both the front and rear surfaces – so-called “bifacial” solar cells.

By integrating bifacial designs into advanced cell structures, JinkoSolar and SERIS aim to achieve high power conversion efficiency on both the front and the rear surfaces of mass-produced bifacial cells.

This technological breakthrough will produce at least 20% more energy in outdoor applications compared to conventional Si solar cells.

"We are looking forward to collaborating with SERIS to adapt an innovative cell process technology developed in its world-
class research facilities in Singapore," said Dr HAO Jin, JinkoSolar’ Vice President of Technology. “The technology will be implemented into mass production through different phases, starting from 2018”.

"We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with JinkoSolar to transfer our expertise in bifacial front-and-back  contact  (BiFAB)  technology and related process development,” said Dr Shubham Duttagupta, Head of the Monocrystalline Silicon Solar Cell Group at SERIS.

“Bifacial solar cells offer excellent opportunities for further drastic reductions of the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) from  solar photovoltaic systems. This R&D collaboration with JinkoSolar will accelerate the market entry of bifacial PV modules,” said Prof. Armin Aberle, CEO of SERIS.