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Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)

The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) is Singapore's national institute for applied solar energy research. The institute issponsored by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore's National Research Foundation (NRF) through the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). SERIS is structured as a National Laboratory at NUS and has the stature of an NUS University-level Research Institute, is endowed with considerable autonomy and flexibility, including an industry friendly IP policy.


The institute conducts research, development, testing and consulting in the fields of solar energy conversion and solar building technologies, to contribute towards a sustainable global energy supply and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Our R&D focus is on materials, components, processes and systems for (i) photovoltaic electricity generation and (ii) solar and energy-efficient buildings.

SERIS is globally active but focuses on technologies and services for tropical regions, in particular for Singapore and South-East Asia, and reaches out to India and China.

We are an international multi-disciplinary team of over a hundred scientists, engineers and architects. We collaborate closely with companies from the global solar sector, from small start-ups to industry leading solar heavyweights.

The main R&D areas of SERIS are:

Novel PV Concepts
Silicon Materials and Cells
PV modules
Solar energy systems
Solar and energy efficient buildings


SERIS has laboratory and office space of approximately 4,800 m2 at NUS and approximately 1,400 m2 in its off-campus location.

As of March 2014 SERIS had a headcount of about 139 people from 20 countries (scientists, engineers, technicians, administrative professionals and postgraduate research students).

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