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Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications

Description GÜNAM has been founded by an initiative from the Middle East Technical University (METU). It is not a coincidence that this establishment has emerged from METU where solar energy studies date back to the 1980s. The GÜNAM project is financially supported by the Turkish State Planing Organization (SPO). The GUNAM infrastructure has been built up in the great campus area of Middle East Technical University as an interdisiplinary research centre. Faculty members from six disciplines of three faculties have contributed to the establishment of 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 centre as the founding members. This wide-ranging participation reflects the multidisciplinary structure of the centre, which is absolutely necessary for this technology. GÜNAM aims to become a national research centre serving all researchers in this field. For this reason, a Guidance and Cooperation Board has been founded in order to maintain a close communication and cooperation with all interested institutions and individuals. Universities all over from Turkey, public and private sector institutions are represented on this board. GÜNAM 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 wants to extend its collaboration network and its effects to international level and become one of the leading centres worldwide in the long run. Increasing visibility and international recognition of its high level innovative research results is thus an important task for the centre in the coming years.
URL http://gunam.metu.edu.tr/
Status Operational since 2009
Being upgraded (2013 - 2015)
Scientific Domains Energy
RI Categorization Research Facilities
Location Ankara, 06800, Turkey
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15758