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Home > Press > Kuwait University and imec to Collaborate on Advanced Silicon Solar Cell Technology: Agreement paves the way for long-term commitment on strengthening and advancing solar cell technology in Kuwait
World-leading nanotechnology research centre imec (Belgium) and Kuwait University signed a long term collaboration agreement for research and development on innovative silicon solar cell technologies. The agreement has been signed on Wednesday, Dec.19, 2012, in Kuwait City during a ceremony in the presence of the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Deputy-Prime Minister, Didier Reynders, and Kuwait University President, Prof. Abdullatif Al-Bader, and Director General of Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences, Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin.
The basis of the collaboration between imec and Kuwait University is imec's wafer-based silicon solar cell industrial affiliation program. By joining this program Kuwait University will acquire and further build up knowledge and expertise in advanced silicon solar cell processing technology. Resident researchers from Kuwait University will collaborate closely with imec researchers at imec's facilities in Leuven, Belgium, and in Kuwait, and they will contribute to the research program with their excellent technology-modeling and simulation expertise. In this way Kuwait University will provide in-depth scientific understanding in exploring and validating directions for further solar cell innovation toward higher efficiencies and lower cost. Additionally, imec scientists will organize training sessions and scientific seminars in Kuwait for students and researchers of Kuwait University, to stimulate growth in expertise and human capital in field of solar cells and renewable energy in Kuwait.
"The need and importance of renewable energy is dominantly present in the Middle East region. With this collaboration we feel that Kuwait is taking a new and strategic step in establishing a key position in the field of silicon solar cell technology in the region," says Ludo Deferm, Executive Vice-President Business Development at imec. "We are very pleased to welcome Kuwait University as one of our research partners. It is a confirmation of imec's high level of expertise and leading position in advance solar technologies and it is nice example of the important value that imec can bring to the Middle-East region." he continues.
Elaborating on the KU-imec collaboration in the sphere of solar cell technology, Prof. Hasan Al-Sanad, Vice President for Research, said, "Kuwait University is driven towards creating an enabling environment that could spur scientific research in the field of silicon solar cells in Kuwait, enhancing institutional capabilities and competence in this field. The intent is to open the door for scientific exchange, knowledge-sharing and skills acquisition through training and practical exposure that could benefit our faculty and scholars, to innovate, and gather in-depth knowledge and capability in the field". The collaboration with imec is, therefore, "a defining step in this direction, an agreement opening the door for advanced research in the critical area of solar cell technology, with its long-term implications for the state, society and the region." Continuing further, Dr. Hasan said that "the joint agreement marked the beginning of a journey, a valued partnership for advancing institutional R&D capabilities, and bolstering KU's scientific standing in the field".
Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics and photovoltaics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China, India and Japan. Its staff of close to 2,000 people includes more than 600 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2011, imec's revenue (P&L) was about 300 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at www.imec.be.
Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited).
About Kuwait University
Kuwait University (KU) was established in 1966 with a profound mission of preparing educated and enlightened future generations of responsible citizens, and competent leadership, who could steer the nation to progress and prosperity. The institution has 13 faculties, and the college of graduate studies, with highly competent faculty, critically involved in internationally credible academics and high quality research. Faculty-wide research interests in basic and applied sciences, and in humanities, are sustained through the Research Sector. The current thrust is on strengthening the institutional scientific foundations through programs, priorities, grant awards, productivity, publications, external collaborations and partnerships, to steer institutional research process towards the redressal of outstanding concerns that are nationally significant and have social, economic and human value.
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