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 2017.

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.

Call for Papers (PVCon2018)

“Dear Colleagues, Associates, and Students,

We are organizing “International Conference on Photovoltaic Science and Technology (PVCon2018)” on 4-6 July 2018 on the university campus, Middle East Technical University – Cultural and Convention Center in Ankara, Turkey. Attached, you can find the flyer of the conference. The conference web site can be reached at www.pvcon.org

PVCon conference series is replacing SolarTR conferences we have been organizing in Turkey since 2010. With the new name and more international perspectives, PVCon conferences will be stronger and more comprehensive with intensive participation from national and international PV community. We have already received substantial attention. It is intended to be focused solely on scientific and technical issues with high quality oral and poster presentations. Conference proceeding will be published in an international proceeding platform. Some selected papers will be considered for publication as special issue in the international journal “Renewable Energy” by Elsevier.

PVCon2018 coincides with the increased efforts on the usage of solar energy in Turkey. We expect participation both from research institutions and industry from Turkey and all over the world.

As a social event, we will be organizing a tour to the beautiful Cappadocia at the end of the conference. You can also visit METU-GÜNAM’s R&D facilities for PV technologies (including the new pilot line) during the conference.

You can find the details of Registration (http://pvcon.org/registration) and Abstract Submission (http://pvcon.org/abstract-submission) on the conference website.

We kindly request from you to circulate the flyer about the conference to the national and international renewable energy/solar energy community that you have contacts.

Many thanks in advance for your kind considerations.

With my best regards”


Prof. Dr. Rasit TURAN

Conference Chairperson

Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM)

Middle East Technical University (METU)

Phone: +90 312 210 7651

E-mail: turanr@metu.edu.tr

Website: www.pvcon.org


GÜNAM researchers; Gülsen Baytemir, Fırat Es and Prof. Raşit Turan, have published a study titled “Radial junction solar cells prepared on single crystalline silicon wafers by metal-assisted etching” that can be seen on the cover page of the related volume/issue of Physica Status Solidi (RRL).

You can reach the article from the link below: