Technology Committee

The technology committee provides academic and commercial technology direction for all of our current and future R&D programs at the SKL PVST. The committee meets regularly throughout the year to discuss and set the targets for the Laboratory. Its key members are:


Director of Academic Board – Professor Hui Shen

Professor Hui Shen obtained his doctorate degree from the Dresden University of Technology, Germany. He is currently a professor at Sun Yat-Sen University and the director of the Academic Committee of the State Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Science and Technology. His current research interests are the physics of a solar cell, solar cell technologies and PV applications.


Deputy Director of Academic Board – Dr Pierre Verlinden

Dr. Pierre Verlinden received his doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium.

Spanning across 3 decades, his dedication to the PV technology started as a researcher then Assistant Professor at the Microelectronics Laboratory of the UCL, Belgium. He was a visiting professor at the Aix – Marseille III University in France, and visiting scholar  at Stanford University in the US prior to joining SunPower Corporation as the director of R&D. After holding several technical and managerial positions in PV companies in Australia, he joined Trina Solar in 2011 as the chief scientist. He is also the deputy director of State Key Laboratory of PVST and the vice director of Jiangsu Province Enterprise Engineering Technology Center.

On 8th June 2016, Dr. Pierre Verlinden received the 2016 William R. Cherry Award, one of the most distinguished awards in the solar photovoltaic (PV) energy industry.


Dr Zhiqiang Feng

Dr. ZhiQiang Feng received his PhD degree from Yokohama National University and Postdoctoral degree from Lowa State University. He is the Director of Trina Solar Cell Technology department and the State Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Science and Technology, He was one of the “Jiangsu Province Innovation and Entrepreneurship Talent”, He is a member of the National Plan 863 Expert selected by the Ministry of Science, and is the vice director of  China photovoltaic professional committee in the China Renewable Energy Society, and is the Vice Director of Jiangsu Province Enterprise Engineering Technology Center, the internationalization experts in enterprise experts of Changzhou City, and is the adjunct professor in Physics and Engineering Technology College, an education industry experts in degree graduate (material engineering solar energy direction) of Sun Yat-sen University, and is a part-time doctoral tutor of Changzhou University.

As the Trina Solar’s technical director, he has been leading the company’s technical team to achieve a series of breakthrough results since 2011, resulting in 15 world records of crystalline silicon solar cell conversion efficiencies and module power outputs.

Dr. Feng is the leader of the National Plan 973, Fundamental Research on Low Defect High Efficiency Casting Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells, and the National Plan 863, Key Technology Package and Demonstration Production Line for Industrialization of Interdigitated-back-contact Crystalline Silicon Cells.

In October 2015, Dr. Feng won the Chinese Solar PV Achievement Award at the China PV Conference, an annual award presented to the person who has made outstanding contributions to the photovoltaic technology. In May 2016, Dr. Feng won the PV Industry Technology Leader award at the 10th SNEC International Solar Photovoltaic Production Engineering (Shanghai) Exhibition and Forum. In Oct 2016, Dr. Feng was awarded the “China PV Industry Association Outstanding Contribution Enterprise Expert Award.” on the first council session of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association. In Nov 2016, in the 2016 “Light Cup” CREC annual photovoltaic industry selection activities, Dr. Feng won the PV “Solvay” 2016 Science All-Star award, this award recognizes the outstanding scientists who have contributed to the advancement of the photovoltaic industry in the past 1-3 years.

As of Dec 2016, Dr. Feng has published a total of more than 110 papers, and over 10 pieces of authorized patents.


Professor  Junhao Chu

Professor Junhao Chu’s expertise is in semiconductor physics. He is currently the Deputy Director of Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences where he completed his doctorate degree in Physics. He has been an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2005.


Dr Pietro Altermatt

Dr. Pietro Altermatt  academic career started from the University of New South Wales, where he spent 8 years as research fellow in the group of Prof. Martin. A. Green. Afterwards, he joined the group of Prof. Andres Cuevas in Australian National University, and was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship from the Australian Research Council(ARC). Between 2005 and 2015, he was head of the modeling group at the University of Hanover and the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin (ISFH). In May 2015, he joined Trina as Principal Scientist.

On June 2016, Dr. Pietro was selected in the “outside the 100 people plan” of Jiangsu province.


Professor Martin Green

Martin Green is currently a Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales and Director of the Australian National Energy Agency (ARENA) supported Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics.

His group’s contributions to photovoltaics are well known including the development of the world’s highest efficiency silicon solar cells and the successes of several spin-off companies. He is the author of six books on solar cells and numerous papers in the area of semiconductors, microelectronics, optoelectronics and, of course, solar cells. International awards include the 1999 Australia Prize, the 2002 Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize), the 2004 World Technology Award for Energy and the 2007 SolarWorld Einstein Award.


Professor Deren Yang

Professor Deren Yang obtained his doctorate degree from the State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials of Zhejiang University where he is the current Director. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Professor of Changjiang Scholars Program and won the National Outstanding Youth Fund and the National Natural Science Award in 2005.


Dr  Zhengxin Liu

Dr. Zhengxin Liu is a professor and the Director of Shanghai Institute of Micro-system and Information Technology. He was a professor at the Photovoltaic Research Center of Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology from 2005 to 2009 prior to joining the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Liangjun Ji

Mr Ji obtained his Masters in mechanical engineering at the Arizona State University. Since 1996, he has worked at the photovoltaic testing laboratories in the US and is currently the research engineer in the corporate research division at UL Inc.. He is an active technical assessor in various international and Chinese standard committees relating to the field of photovoltaics.


Dr  Andreas W. Bett

Dr. Andreas W. Bett received his doctorate degree in physics from the University of Konstanz. He became the head of Materials, Solar Cells and Technology department in 2007, and a deputy director in 2009 at the Fraunhofer ISE. His research interests include the epitaxial growth of III-V semiconductors for multi-junction solar cells, characterization techniques for the solar cell device, and concentrator modules and systems.


Dr  Thomas Reindl

Dr. Thomas Reindl obtained his doctorate degree in natural science from the University of Regensburg, Germany. His photovoltaics research began in 1992 at the SIEMENS Corporate R&D Labs and he is currently the Deputy CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and a Principal Research Fellow (equivalent to an Associate Professor) at the National University of Singapore.


Dr Zhen Zhang

Dr  Zhen Zhang received his doctorate degree from the Institute for Solar Energy Systems of Sun Yat-sen University. He is engaged in new technology development of PV modules, solar power systems and intelligent control of power generations.

What We Do

Low cost without a compromise on quality and reliability is what we strive to achieve at this State Key Laboratory as our show of commitment to the photovoltaics industry.