Schott Solar has entered into a three-year research partnership with Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), an independent nanoelectronics research center in Europe. IMEC’s newly launched silicon photovoltaics (PV) industrial affiliation program aims to explore and develop advanced process technologies to fuel the market growth of silicon solar cells in a sustainable way. This multipartner R&D program will concentrate on a sharp reduction in silicon use, while increasing cell efficiency and lowering the cost per Watt peak. By joining the silicon photovoltaics IIAP, researchers from Schott Solar will be able to collaborate with IMEC’s research team to build fundamental understanding and develop robust solutions for next-generation silicon based solar cells. It is said that the program will bring together silicon solar cell manufacturers, equipment and material suppliers and is based on a sharing of intellectual property, talent, risk and cost.