Month: November 2018


Prof. Lang Zhou, who is the director of Institute of Photovoltaics of Nanchang University (China), was hosted by GÜNAM and delivered a talk titled “Development of solar cells based on heterojunction of amorphous silicon and crystalline silicon (HAC): HIT and post HIT” in Cavid Eginsoy Seminar Room of METU Physics Department, on 26 November 2018.

After the talk, a “Letter of Memorandum” was signed by Prof. Raşit Turan and Prof. Lang Zhou with a ceremony as an intention for possible research collaboration between Institute of Photovoltaics of Nanchang University and GÜNAM in future.


GÜNAM Researchers Derek Baker, İlker Tarı, and Özgür Bayer are representing GÜNAM and Turkey in the project INSHIP (Integrating National Research Agendas on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes). INSHIP aims at the definition of an ECRIA (European Common Research and Innovation Agenda) engaging major European research institutes with recognized activities on SHIP, into an integrated structure that could successfully achieve the following coordination objectives:

  • More effective and intense cooperation between EU research institutions
  • Alignment of different SHIP-related national research and funding programs
  • Avoiding overlaps and duplications and identifying gaps
  • Acceleration of knowledge transfer to the European industry
  • To be the reference organization to promote and coordinate the international cooperation in SHIP research from and to Europe

Another leg of INSHIP is the development of coordinated R&D activities (TRLs 2-5) with the ambition of progressing SHIP (Solar Heat for Industrial Processes) beyond the state-of-the-art through:

  • An easier integration of low and medium temperature technologies suiting the operation, durability and reliability requirements of industrial end users
  • Expanding the range of SHIP applications to the EI sector through the development of suitable process embedded solar concentrating technologies
  • Overcoming the present barrier of applications only in the low and medium temperature ranges
  • Increasing the synergies within industrial parks through centralized heat distribution networks and exploiting the potential synergies of these networks with district heating and with the electricity grid.

GÜNAM researchers are leading Research Tasks on Solar-Driven Industrial Dryers, Solar Metals Production for the Metallurgical Industry, and Solar Lime Production for the Cement Industry.

The project consortium is composed of 28 partners and aligns strongly with the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme on Concentrating Solar Power (EERA-JP-CSP). The project is led by the Fraunhofer-Institute of Solar Energy, Germany, and is a 4-year project that started on 1 January, 2017. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 731287.