The Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Innovation, Gavin Jennings, has launched the Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

Heading up the VSASF will be Professor Min Gu, Director of the Swinburne Centre for Micro-Photonics, and Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s Chairman and CEO, who is also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

According to Professor Gu, the facility will allow Swinburne researchers to work closely with Suntech throughout the research and development stages. This will ensure that their technology can be easily transferred to the production line and complement Suntech’s industry-leading PlutoTM solar cell technology.

Dr. Zhengrong Shi commented that “As solar reaches grid parity, in Australia and around the world, we are powering a revolution that will permanently redefine how the world uses energy.”