Despite being the second largest producer of solar PV cells, the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan recently commissioned a delegation of solar manufacturers to visit Australia to promote cooperation between our solar energy industries.
Delegates from fourteen Taiwanese photovoltaic companies visited the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering on Tuesday to meet with researchers from the solar energy group, to discuss new technologies and potential research partnerships.
John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council, and host of the visit, noted that the delegation was happy to travel to Australia to explore solar energy opportunities.
“Our visit to Taiwan in March this year was hugely successful and both parties were extremely happy with the outcome. As a result we are now hosting the delegation and hoping to foster relationships between solar energy researchers in Australia and solar cell manufacturers in Taiwan”, said John Grimes.
“We wanted to bring the group of investors and manufacturers to ANU so they could discuss new collaborations and relationships with those behind the advances in solar energy technology”.
The group met with Dr. Igor Skryabin, who provided an update on current solar energy research activities in the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering, and also attended a tour of the solar facilities. Dr Skryabin emphasised the strong commercial focus of solar research at ANU, including startup companies and international industry partners
“Solar technology created at ANU is the subject of dozens of patents, licensing agreements and production contracts that generate millions of dollars in annual revenue. Not surprisingly many Taiwanese companies expressed strong interest in collaborative research links with ANU,” said Dr Skryain.