The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s national institute for applied solar energy research. It commenced operations in 2008.
SERIS is jointly sponsored by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) - via the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), and NUS. It has the stature of an NUS University-level Research Institute and 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 (i) solar energy conversion and (ii) solar and energy efficient buildings. The R&D spectrum covers materials, components, processes, systems and services, with an emphasis on solar photovoltaic cells, modules and systems. Being located close to the equator, one focus area is developing solar technologies for the tropics.
SERIS’ multi-disciplinary research team includes more than 150 scientists, engineers, technicians and PhD students. In addition, the institute has formal research links with more than 20 professors from NUS (“Adjunct researchers”).
SERIS collaborates closely with universities, research organisations, government agencies and industry, both locally and globally. The collaborations with companies from the global solar sector span from small start-ups to industry leading heavyweights.
SERIS has laboratory and office space of approximately 5000 m2 at NUS and approximately 1,400 m2 at its off-campus location at CleanTech Park. As of December 2016 SERIS has a headcount of about 200 people from all over the world (scientists, engineers, technicians, administrative professionals and postgraduate research students).