Under the terms of the agreement, Trina Solar has said it will collaborate with ANU to produce n-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells with conversion efficiencies of 20 percent for mass production, "by leveraging existing and proven processing tools currently used for p-type cells".
Furthermore, Trina says that it hopes to improve the efficiency of its standard p-type multicrystalline silicon solar cells through the project, by increasing commercial production efficiency to approximately 19 percent.
The two parties expect to receive over AUD$3 million in funding from the Australian Solar Institute (ASI).
Project leader Associate Professor Daniel Macdonald from the Australian National University believes the research will help to make solar energy more affordable.
"We are very excited to announce this research agreement with the Australian National University, which will help Trina Solar remain at the forefront of high-efficiency solar cell production," added Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar.