China to help SL produce thin-film solar cells

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Sri Lanka will be soon producing thin-film solar cells on a commercial basis with technological cooperation from China as a means of popularising the use of solar panels for domestic power generation, Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha said.

He said a number of young technicians were being trained on ‘Modern Solar Power Technology’ at the Colombo, Ruhuna, Jaffna and Kelaniya universities.

"I paid a visit to China last week with some Sri Lankan scientists to obtain first hand experience on solar power technology. The Chinese government is helping us to develop solar power technology in Sri Lanka. I hope we will be in a position to drastically reduce the use of costly thermal power generation which is also an environment pollutant,” the minister said.

He said producing it locally on a mass scale would help the government’s plan to phase out coal and thermal power generation and increase solar power generation to 800 MWs by 2030.

Thin-film technology has been cheaper but less efficient than conventional c-Si technology. However, its quality standards have significantly improved over the years. The lab cell efficiency for CdTe and CIGS is now beyond 21%, out-performing multi-crystalline silicon, the dominant material currently used in many solar crystalline systems. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • ceylon Saturday, 29 July 2017 12:58 PM

    in lanka everybody knows you.empty talker.after did ittell it.these all talks are useless lies.tell stories to show did something to coverup the trip. via DM Android App

    LionKing Saturday, 29 July 2017 02:42 PM

    This is VERY good news but will it happen ? Because these companies who sell Solar systems in Sri lanka Charge ridiculous money to install them.

    Ajith Saturday, 29 July 2017 02:57 PM

    If Sri Lanka need to manufacture solar panels soon. Invite Chinese to open Plant in Hambantota. If we try to do it along it will be never never.

    Arnold Saturday, 29 July 2017 05:00 PM

    Solar power should be subsidized Only the ultra super rich can afford a solar electricity generation system as of now.

    Trehan Munasinghe Saturday, 29 July 2017 09:01 PM

    Sri Lankan's can enjoy much more economic benefits if all these politicians can STOP their worthless bickering and get something done, like the middle east enjoys the riches of oil, Sri Lanka's can enjoy the "SUN" and save money on power and utilities, transport, agriculture and much more.

    Premalal Sunday, 30 July 2017 01:03 PM

    So did Volkswaggon. China does not help anybody but themselves.The corrupt politician is China's best friend. They will feed the politician until the country is on the verge of bankruptcy and move into swallow it on the pretext of saving it. Now that the Chinese are firmly entrenched God Bless Sri-Lanka and its people.

    Hakim Sunday, 30 July 2017 02:36 PM

    drama

    axe Sunday, 30 July 2017 04:54 PM

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