Q CELLS strengthens industry-academia cooperation in the field of power systems linked to solar power
Q CELLS newly established School of Energy System Engineering with Korea University, and the master’s course in ‘Q CELLS Solar R&D’ with Sungkyunkwan University cultivates future solar experts. The Company also established a joint laboratory with Seoul National University for research on solar power-linked power system.
Q CELLS had an agreement ceremony to establish the School of ‘Energy System Engineering’ with Korea University on June 27. The main purpose of this agreement is to foster researchers who will strengthen the technology leadership, the main competitiveness of Q CELLS, and lead the next generation of the solar photovoltaic field.
The professors of the School of Energy Systems Engineering are faculty members of the Green School in the Graduate School of Korea University, which develops mid-to long-term national strategies and high technologies in the energy environment field. The faculty members are researching in the field of crystalline silicon solar cell, electrical electronics, chemical engineering, and new material engineering. The School of Energy System Engineering is planning to select new students every year for more than five years starting from the first semester of 2020, and details of the selection of freshmen will be decided at the time of recruitment through consultation with the school.
Q CELLS also had an agreement ceremony to establish the master’s course in ‘Q CELLS Solar R&D’ with Graduate School of the College of Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University on May 23. The school has many faculty members in solar and semiconductor field. This master’s course is for students majoring in electrical electronics, chemical engineering, and new materials engineering and plans to open from the second semester of 2019.
In addition, Q CELLS will also strengthen industry-academia cooperation in the field of power systems that are linked to solar power. On June 28, Q CELLS also signed an agreement to establish a laboratory for joint research on power systems with Professor Moon Seung Ill of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Seoul National University. In this laboratory, various power systems for solar power generation, including energy storage system (ESS), will be studied.
Through these collaborations, Q CELLS will raise the competitiveness of domestic solar technology and consider joint research projects and major national projects. The Company will also operate scholarship programs for excellent students and provide KRW 33 million annually for each scholarship student for the purpose of tuition and academic support.
Hee Cheul (Charles), CEO of Q CELLS, said: “Technology competitiveness is the most important factor of competitive advantage in the field of manufacturing in the future. Q CELLS is planning to expand its cooperation with various schools that have strengths in the field of photovoltaics in order to strengthen the Company’s leading position in the global PV industry. In the mid- and long-term, Q CELLS will work with leading overseas universities’ laboratories.”