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.
SERIS conducts research, development, testing and consulting on solar energy technologies and their integration into power systems and buildings. The Institute’s R&D spectrum covers materials, components, processes, systems and services, with an emphasis on solar photovoltaic cells, modules and systems. SERIS is globally active but focuses on technologies and services for tropical regions, in particular for Singapore and South-East Asia.
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.