GÜNAM was founded by an initiative from the Middle East Technical University (METU). GÜNAM has been buttressed by the Turkish Ministry of development since its establishment at the beginning of 2009. GUNAM’s infrastructure has built up in the great campus area of Middle East Technical University as a multi-disciplined research center.
Faculty associates from six diverse disciplines of 3 different faculties have contributed to the establishment of GÜNAM. Faculty members from the Physics and Chemistry Departments (Faculty of Arts and Sciences); Materials and Metallurgy, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering Departments (Faculty of Engineering) have joined the center as the founding members. This extensive ranged involvement reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the center. GÜNAM is the leading and most comprehensive national center in the development of solar energy technologies including photovoltaic, concentrating solar thermal, and cross-cutting technologies such as high performance buildings, smart grids, and smart cities with a mission to be a global player in this field. New facilities such as Crystalline Si Photovoltaic Pilot Line establishment was constructed in a new and separate building. GÜNAM is well integrated to European Union through projects such as EU-SOLARIS and CHEETAH and through institutions such as EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) and EUPVTP (European Photovoltaic Technology Platform). At national platform, GÜNAM is working with numerous research institutes and universities all over from Turkey, as well as public and private sector institutions.
Currently 22 faculty members are affiliated with GÜNAM, 12 permanent technical and administrative staff members and more than 70 graduate students using GÜNAM facilities for their graduate thesis work.
GÜNAM entails of several research laboratories focusing on specific fields of solar energy conversion. These laboratories are
• Cristal Si (c-Si) Photovoltaic Solar Cell Research Laboratory
• GÜNAM Photovoltaic Pilot Line (PVPL)
• Inorganic Thin Film Photovoltaic Solar Cell Technologies (a-Si and CIGS)
• Organic Photovoltaic Research Laboratory (OPV)
•Dye Synthesized Solar Cell (DSSC) Research Laboratory
•Nano Materials Development Group (METU NANOLAB)
• Solar Thermal Energy (STE) Laboratory called ODAK