Solar Industrial Research Facility: leading solar energy research

Our Solar Industrial Research Facility (SIRF) is
a showcase facility for solar cell research and development, and a key educational asset for training the future leaders of the photovoltaics industry.

This world-class, $16 million turnkey pilot line manufacturing facility enables the development of UNSW’s silicon solar cell technologies from laboratory processes to factory-ready industrial processes.
It is the first facility of its kind in Australia.

The SIRF was completed in 2011.


The SIRF aims to:

  • demonstrate advanced solar cell manufacturing technology to a global customer base
  • retain the existing PV research skill base and attract high profile international researchers and collaborations
  • provide undergraduate engineering students access to hands on training in a solar cell production line
  • provide undergraduate, post graduate and academic research staff from around Australia access to industrial manufacturing capabilities.
Key design features

The facility includes:

  • a silicon solar cell production line showcasing screen printed silicon monocrystalline and multicrystalline cells
  • three laboratories for developing and demonstrating industrial scale advanced technologies.

In addition, world-leading PV equipment companies will have space to introduce and test toolsets in advanced cell and module processing, which can then be further developed to incorporate the manufacturing improvements that arise.

Project Contacts

Operations Manager: Angus Keenan
Facility Manager: Fred Qi