Next-generation solar cell manufacturing companies will be built in the Saemangeum National Industrial Complex in Jeollabuk-do. There is an expectation that Saemangeum will further solidify its position as a center of renewable energy.
Jeollabuk-do announced on the 14th that it had signed an agreement with Unitest and decided to build a manufacturing plant to mass-produce ‘perovskite solar cells’ in the Saemangeum National Industrial Complex. Relevant organizations such as the Saemangeum Development Administration also participated in this agreement.
Uni test next Saemangeum Industrial Complex Zone 1 10 000 6 of 6000 on ㎡ (2 square) in 2024 by the year 1213 erected to invest one hundred million won perovskite solar cell manufacturing plant and 300 plans to hire people in the workforce.
Perovskite solar cells have higher power generation efficiency than first-generation silicon solar cells or second-generation thin film solar cells. In addition, the manufacturing cost is very low at 20-30 % of that of conventional solar cells . It is expected to lead the next-generation solar power market, such as building-integrated power generation and vehicle-integrated power generation. Unitest ,
which mainly produces semiconductor inspection equipment, has been steadily developing next-generation solar cell technology in preparation for the energy transition to renewable energy, such as the RE100 campaign and the government’s 2050 carbon-neutral promotion strategy.
It is reported that Unitest decided to invest in consideration of the locational conditions and policy strengths of Saemangeum, which is growing as a core region for renewable energy and solar power generation.
Shin Won-sik, Deputy Governor of Jeollabuk-do Province, said, “We hope that Unitest’s perovskite solar module business will grow into a forward base for Korea’s renewable energy industry. We will actively support it through cooperation with related organizations,” he said.
On the other hand, Unitest has previously improved the photoelectric conversion efficiency of next-generation solar cells by 14.8 after hard work such as the transfer of the source technology for high efficiency perovskite solar cells and the signing of a joint research agreement with the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, and the selection of a national project for the commercialization of perovskite solar cells. % has been raised.
It was also certified as the world’s highest efficiency by the National Renewable Energy Research Institute under the U.S. Department of Energy.
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