Suniva® is an American manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules. Our world-class team has decades of PV industry experience, a unique development approach and innovative proprietary processes that enable us to deliver leading edge solar cell technology and module performance while cutting the cost of the PV value chain.
Suniva evolved from the work of Professor Ajeet Rohatgi of the Georgia Institute of Technology's University Center of Excellence in Photovoltaics (UCEP). A DoE Center of Excellence since 1992, UCEP has distinguished itself as the premier site for silicon PV research in the U.S. Bringing together a unique approach of uniting cell modeling, device design, process optimization and materials analysis and characterization, UCEP has consistently proven to be a valuable resource to government and industrial partners. Through this competency, the Center has evolved from a purely academic research environment to a hands-on industry resource focused on practical solutions for commercial processing of PV materials and devices. This led to the formation of Suniva, which holds exclusive rights to over 40 granted and pending patents from Dr. Rohatgi, as well as UCEP and Suniva's own R&D team.
The Suniva in-house R&D team, with its deep knowledge and experience in PV manufacturing process research, collaborates closely with UCEP on cell performance optimization, material research and characterization, process optimization and next generation equipment research. Suniva is an excellent example of how a successful public/private partnership can create and commercialize world-class technology.