The Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER) has officially opened a test center for photovoltaic energy at the Kaohsiung Science Park, in Taiwan.

The center’s laboratory will provide testing services in 17 categories for Taiwan’s solar energy industry and help local photovoltaic companies obtain international certification to explore the overseas market.

INER scientist Kuo Cherng-tsong, who is leading the demonstration project, said the 3.4-hectare farm will have the largest high-concentration photovoltaic system in Asia.

Kuo said the demonstration farm’s photovoltaic system would use III-V solar cells that can absorb direct solar irradiation which are better than silicon and thin-film solar cells.

The new system not only offers higher efficiency in solar energy supply, but can also reduce manufacturing costs, said INER.

The technology developed at the demonstration farm will be transferred to local companies, the company said.

The project is due for completion by the end of this year.

By staff writer.