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Singapore R&D institute adopts Synopsys tools

Posted: 07 Apr 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sentaurus tool? tool TCAD? photovoltaics research?

Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) has adopted Synopsys Inc.'s Sentaurus TCAD to support its solar cell R&D programs. SERIS is Singapore's national institute for applied solar energy research and is jointly sponsored by the Singapore Economic Development Board and the National University of Singapore. The Sentaurus TCAD tools will initially be used to support SERIS' silicon-based solar cell research. The tools simulate the fabrication steps and photovoltaic (PV) performance of solar cells, allowing SERIS researchers to investigate and optimize current and new cell designs aiming for higher PV efficiency and lower cost.

With PV technologies playing an increasingly important role in the sustainable energy supply, the establishment of SERIS as a center for PV research in the Asia-Pacific region is an important step to foster innovation for this rapidly growing segment locally. The research at SERIS focuses on the development of materials, components, processes and systems for photovoltaic electricity generation and energy-efficient buildings.

"Solar cells are demanding semiconductor devices. To bring down the cost of solar PV electricity, we need to realize advanced solar cell designs using inexpensive semiconductor materials and surface coatings. Multidimensional computer simulation is a powerful tool to provide us with the physical insight needed to explore and optimize new designs," said Armin Aberle, deputy CEO of SERIS.

"We see a big role for simulation in the development of solar cells. The work SERIS is carrying out with our Sentaurus TCAD tools gives us a window into the future of PV research so we can stay abreast of this rapidly changing field and continue to improve our capabilities," said Howard Ko, general manager and senior VP of the silicon engineering group at Synopsys.

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