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IMEC and Kaneka Join Forces in Europe

(September 2010) posted on Tue Sep 14, 2010

Kaneka’s laboratory will be the first R&D lab of a Japanese solar-cell manufacturer outside of Japan


IMEC, a nanoelectronics research facility located in Leuven, Belgium, will now play host to Kaneka Corp., the Japanese manufacturer of chemical specialties and solar cells. Kaneka will be working in IMEC facilities and with IMEC experts, where they will incorporate their European Photovoltaics Laboratory, allowing Kaneka to improve its current thin-film solar cell and to help develop next-generation cells.

Kaneka’s laboratory will be the first R&D lab of a Japanese solar-cell manufacturer outside of Japan. A team of engineers from Kaneka and IMEC will set up and operate Kaneka equipment in the lab.

“By closely collaborating with IMEC’s research team, we will enhance Kaneka’s current thin-film solar cells and develop a new industrial hetero-junction solar cell technology,” says Kenji Yamamoto, Ph.D., who will manage the lab.

The decision to partner with IMEC was fueled by the need to have a presence in the growing European PV market.

“IMEC was chosen as the preferred R&D partner because of its long-standing expertise and excellent track record in photovoltaics, and because of its unique knowledge and capabilities in materials processing and photonics,” says Kimikazu Sugawara, president of Kaneka Corp.
 


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