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ANU Research Promises Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Cells

Posted by Peter, on January 1, 2019

ANU engineers, in collaboration with researchers from the California Institute of Technology, have developed a way to combine silicon with perovskite to more efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.  Continue reading »

Organic Printed Solar Cell Cost Breakthrough by the University of Newcastle

Posted by Peter, on September 25, 2018

The University of Newcastle has developed technology for printing organic solar cells which is regarded as a globally significant breakthrough in the commercial application of renewable energy.  Continue reading »

Aussie Researchers Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Posted by Peter, on January 24, 2018

Researchers at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made a discovery that could lead to significantly boosting solar cell efficiency.  Continue reading »

From Typical Outback to Futuristic Power Plant

Posted by Peter, on August 16, 2017

In 1959 and1960, Carriewerloo Station, a pastoral lease north-west of Port Augusta, was the location for scenes of the outback in the film The Sundowners. Now, Carriewerloo Station is o be the largest single-tower solar thermal power plant in the world.  Continue reading »

Aussie Start-up Can Deliver a 1MW Solar Array in 5 Days

Posted by Peter, on July 20, 2017

A Sydney-based start-up, 5B, has unveiled a pre-fabricated solar technology, called “Maverick”, with which, for example, a team of six can deploy 1 MW solar array in just five days.  Continue reading »

Butterfly Wings Inspire ANU Scientists to Create More Efficient Solar Cells

Posted by Peter, on May 22, 2017

Scientists at the Australian National University have invented tiny structures, inspired by butterfly wings, that open the door to new solar cell technologies and other applications requiring precise manipulation of light.  Continue reading »

University of Newcastle Pioneering Printed Solar Sheets

Posted by Peter, on May 17, 2017

The University of Newcastle in New South Wales is trialing solar panels printed on sheets of clear plastic. These can be produced very quickly, making them ideal for shipping by air to emergency locations.  Continue reading »

Perth Researchers Develop World First Commercial Clear Solar Glass

Posted by Peter, on March 28, 2017

Researchers at the Electron Science Research Institute at Edith Cowan University, in collaboration with ClearVue Technologies, have announced that they have developed the world’s first commercially viable clear, solar glass.  Continue reading »

Renewables Investment up 50% in 2016

Posted by Peter, on January 20, 2017

Australian clean energy investment was $4.29 billion in 2016 – an increase of almost 50% compared with 2015. However, the level of investment fell short of the over $5 billion levels reached between 2010 and 2013.  Continue reading »

Aussie Scientists Break Perovskite Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Posted by Peter, on December 5, 2016

Anita Ho-Baillie, a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, has announced that her team at UNSW has achieved the highest efficiency rating with the largest perovskite solar cells to date.  Continue reading »

China to Use CSIRO Solar Technology

Posted by Peter, on December 1, 2016

The CSIRO has partnered with the Chinese company, Thermal Focus, which will use the Australians organisation’s solar heliostat technology for concentrating solar thermal electricity generation in China.   Continue reading »

ANU Breakthrough Technique for Lower Cost Solar Cells

Posted by Peter, on November 15, 2016

Researchers at the Australian National University have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough that could lead to more efficient and cheaper solar cells.  Continue reading »

$92 million Funding for Solar Projects

Posted by Peter, on September 12, 2016

ARENA is to provide a total of $92 million in grants for 12 large-scale solar plants. Between them, the 12 projects will deploy more than 480 megawatts of solar PV energy and represent about $1 billion in total investment.  Continue reading »

CSIRO-developed Home Energy Management System

Posted by Peter, on September 8, 2016

An intelligent home energy management system, with the technical backing of CSIRO, has been launched by a startup company Evergen.  Continue reading »

ANU Sets Solar Thermal Efficiency Record

Posted by Peter, on August 23, 2016

A team at the Australian National University has developed a solar thermal dish with a high sunlight to steam conversion ratio which they believe makes it the world’s most efficient solar receiver.  Continue reading »

Sydney Markets to Get Australia’s Largest Solar Carpark

Posted by Peter, on July 4, 2016

Sydney Markets at Flemington is installing the largest purpose-built solar car park in Australia.  Continue reading »

UNSW Sets Another Solar Efficiency Record

Posted by Peter, on May 18, 2016

Engineers at the University of New South Wales have set a new record for the amount of solar energy obtained from direct, unfocused sunlight on a solar cell.   Continue reading »

ACT Auction to Provide Home Battery Storage

Posted by Peter, on March 31, 2016

The ACT Government is auctioning 109 megawatts of renewable energy feed-in tariff capacity. The successful bidders will establish a solar photovoltaic with battery storage program in the ACT.  Continue reading »

ARENA to Fund Solar Farm in Far Noth-west Queensland

Posted by Peter, on March 10, 2016

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $8.4 million funding support for Canadian Solar and Scouller Energy to construct a 4.5 megawatt solar farm near Normanton in far North-West Queensland.  Continue reading »

Combined Wind & Solar Project Proposed for Port Augusta

Posted by Peter, on December 16, 2015

DP Energy has lodged a Development Application for a wind and solar power plant near Port Augusta in South Australia.
The application seeks approval for the installation of up to 59 wind turbines and up to 400 hectares of solar
photovoltaic arrays for a combined generation capacity of up to 375 MW.  Continue reading »

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