Min Gu, Zhengrong Shi and Dani Poon

Posted on 23. Jun, 2009 in Speeches

This month’s issue of Swinburne University’s magazine offers insight into the achievements of three outstanding individuals who have made great contributions to Australia. I take this opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate them on those achievements. Swinburne University and the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels, China-based Suntech Power, have enjoyed a lasting partnership in developing solar power. Based on a technology that makes more efficient use of sunlight, they aim to develop solar cells that are twice as efficient and half the cost of existing cells.

With a fast-growing demand and support for renewable energy solutions, both domestic and abroad, their research could have vast positive implications and close the gap between solar and fossil fuels.

The collaboration is led by the head of Swinburne’s centre for micro-photonics, Professor Min Gu and Suntech CEO (chief executive officer) Dr Zhengrong Shi, two gentlemen who were close colleagues at the University of New South Wales in the late 1980s. Upon successful completion, the result of their research could be on the market within five years and available to people cheaply.

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