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Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (METU-GUNAM)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Middle East Technical University
Address:
Ankara Üniversitesi, Ankara, PO: 06110 (Turkey)
Location
Ankara, PO: 06800 (Turkey)
Structure
Type Of RI
Single-sited
Coordinating Country
Turkey
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 2009

Timeline:
Being upgraded since 2013 to 2015
Contacts
Contact Person
Turan Rasit
Scientific Description
GÜNAM has been founded by an initiative from the Middle East Technical University (METU) where solar energy studies date back to the 1980s. GÜNAM is financially supported by the Turkish State Planing Organization (SPO). The GÜNAM infrastructure has been built in the campus area of Middle East Technical University as an interdisciplinary research center. Faculty members from six disciplines of three faculties contribute to GÜNAM. Faculty members from the Physics and Chemistry Departments (Faculty of Arts and Sciences); Materials and Metallurgy, Electric-Electronics and Chemical Engineering Departments (Faculty of Engineering) have joined the center as the founding members.
GÜNAM is a national research center serving all researchers in this field. It has already been recognized nation-wide through a series of new collaborations, already running projects and national networks. As a member of the national photovoltaic platform, it is actively participating in networking activities. Some studies with private sector companies have been initiated and started to generate new products. A prototype solar panel with Si wafer technology has been fabricated in collaboration with an industrial company aiming to invest in this sector in the near future. GÜNAM aims to extend its collaboration network and its effects to international level.

RI Keywords
Solar cell, Photovoltaic technology, Solar energy
Classifications
RI Category
Energy Engineering Facilities (non nuclear)
Scientific Domain
Engineering and Energy
Services
Access to laboratory and collaborated research projects

GUNAM is a research center on photovoltaic technology. Laboratories are open all researchers with experienced in the field.

Equipment
Characterisation labs

Optical Characterisation: Transmission, reflection, PL, Quantum efficiency measurements, etc. Raman Spectroscopy, Ellysometry.Electrical Characterisation: Solar Simulators, life time measurements, EL measurements, Thermal imaging etc.

Dye Sensitized Solar Cell Laborabory
Organic Solar Cell Lab

Glovebox, polimer synthisis and characterization infrastructure.

6 " c-Si solar cell production line

Including phosporous and boron doping furnace, SiN PECVD, Wetbenches, multifunctional lasers, screen printer, firing furnace, etc.

a-Si infrastructure

PECVD and Sputter systems.

Impact
Societal Grand Challenges
Secure, clean and efficient energy
Funding
National Public Funding Organisations
Turkish Science, Technology and Industry Ministry
EU - 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development
Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK)
Turkish Development Ministry
Ministerial projects
Date of last update: 06/02/2017