The University of New South Wales has launched the world’s first online solar cell factory simulator.

The online “PV Factory” allows the user to design and build virtual solar cells to maximise their efficiency and to gain a deeper understanding of solar cell production. The simulator processes virtual wafers through twelve production steps and presents the user with the electrical output of each solar cell.

The program is being utilised by engineering students at UNSW, Arizona State University and engineers in industry.

The PV Factory is online at