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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Solar for Every House in New Canberra Suburb

Posted by Peter, on October 12, 2015

The new Canberra suburb of Denman Prospect will be the first suburb in Australia requiring solar panels on every home.  Continue reading »

Dyesol Receives Funding for Perovskite Roadmap

Posted by Peter, on October 5, 2015

The New South Wales solar energy company, Dyesol, has received $449,000 support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to enable it to create a “roadmap” for taking its perovskite solar cell technology from the laboratory to a commercially available product. The roadmap will guide investment and innovation in perovskite solar cell manufacture and provide a […]  Continue reading »

Weipa Solar Farm Switched On

Posted by Peter, on September 29, 2015

Mining giant Rio Tinto has switched on a 1.7 megawatt solar PV plant at its Weipa bauxite mine and processing facilities in north Queensland. As well as the mining operation, the plant will supply about 20% of the homes in the Weipa township which is not connected to a major electricity grid. The solar array, […]  Continue reading »

Australia’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array for Darwin

Posted by Peter, on September 28, 2015

Darwin’s largest shopping centre, Casuarina Square, is on track to have the largest single solar rooftop system in Australia with the installation of more than 4,000 solar PV modules on its roof. Installation of the $4.5 million 1.25 megawatt system is now underway and is due to be complete by the end of October. The […]  Continue reading »

Aussie RayGen to Export PV Equipment to China

Posted by Peter, on September 23, 2015

Victorian technology firm RayGen Resources has signed a deal with JuYe Solar to expand a manufacturing facility in Blackburn in order to produce receivers for concentrated solar photovoltaic systems. The equipment will be sold to the state-run China Three Gorges New Energy Company. RayGen’s chief executive Robert Cart said while the initial $2.5 million investment […]  Continue reading »

$350 Million for Large-Scale Solar

Posted by Peter, on September 9, 2015

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) have announced $350 million in new funding initiatives which are expected to lead to at least four, and as many as ten, new large-scale solar farms being built across Australia. ARENA has announced a $100 million programme that is seeking bids from […]  Continue reading »

World First Online Solar Factory Simulator

Posted by Peter, on March 25, 2015

The University of New South Wales has launched the world’s firstĀ online solar cell factory simulator. The online “PV Factory” allows the user to design and build virtual solar cells to maximise their efficiency and to gain a deeper understanding of solar cell production. The simulator processes virtual wafers through twelve production steps and presents the […]  Continue reading »

Rooftop PV + Storage Trial

Posted by Peter, on March 20, 2015

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $3.3 million funding for Synergy to trial a combination of rooftop solar photovoltaic with battery storage at a new housing development in Alkimos Beach, north of Perth in Western Australia. The trial will involve combining 1.1 megawatt-hours of centralised lithium ion battery storage with more than 100 rooftop […]  Continue reading »

New Solar Rooftops Likely to Be Australia’s Largest

Posted by Peter, on November 7, 2014

Brisbane Markets is to install 1.06 megawatts of rooftop solar panels, making it the largest privately owned single rooftop solar installation in Australia. The installation will consist of 3,350 Jinko Solar 315 watt modules with ABB/PowerOne Inverters. The installation is to be carried out by Todae Solar. Construction is to commence early in 2015. Meanwhile, […]  Continue reading »

CSIRO’s Printable Solar Cells Nearing Market

Posted by Peter, on September 11, 2014

CSIRO scientists have announced that they are one step closer to making available a cheaper and faster way to print solar cells onto plastic. Senior Research Scientist Dr Fiona Scholes said the technology was almost at the commercialisation stage and could be used to power everything from laptops to rooftops. “We print them onto plastic […]  Continue reading »

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