Blueprint for Australia’s new two-way energy system confers $1 billion in consumer benefits

A joint report released today by AEMO and Energy Networks Australia confirms that managing Australia’s growing distributed energy resources presents an extraordinary opportunity, which could result in $100 billion in savings in network infrastructure and $1 billion in benefits across the energy-consumer landscape.

Aerial thermography takes off as an O&M tool for Australian solar farms

Raptor Maps has some 700 MW of Australian solar farms under monitoring by aerial thermal imaging. Compared to the company’s worldwide customer base, Australian PV plant experiences roughly the same average percentage — between 1.5% and 2% — of power affected by faults and defects as global installations.

Sunport MWT solar technology bursts onto the Australian market

Metal wrap-through technology combined with PERC confers multiple benefits on Sunport Power’s new solar modules. Add the involvement of UNSW’s Professor Martin Green in the product development, Sunport’s 1.4 GW production capacity and a 30-year performmance warranty by insurer Lloyds… Two Australian wholesalers have started shipping.

Curtin’s new thermal battery project brings on the midnight sun

An international research collaboration led by Curtin University is set to help decarbonise mining and other off-grid industry with concentrating solar power that delivers clean energy night and day.

EnergyAustralia integrates solar PV into its C&I offering

EnergyAustralia has acquired a 49% stake in the Echo Group of companies which tailors energy efficiency solutions and solar installations for commercial and industrial energy consumers.

Long read: Patently disruptive

Australia has become the latest front in South Korean company Hanwha Q Cells’ legal battle against three competitors – JinkoSolar, Longi Solar, and REC Group – that it claims have infringed its patent on a particular aspect of passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) technology. Among many speculations is the idea that the case splits layers with an indefensible claim, perhaps seeking to strategically impose a slowdown on Hanwha’s rivals.


Flinders Uni steps up viability of next-generation solar cells

Researchers at Flinders University have been experimenting with producing phosphorene, a nanomaterial that could increase the efficiency of ultra-cheap solar cells by 10-20%.

Under new asset management — Australia’s utility-scale solar farms

Year two of Australia’s utility-scale solar boom and the first wave of defects liability periods is rolling to an end, providing new opportunities for long-term maintenance and optimisation of plant performance. This week the Smart Energy Council and SolarPlaza raised a conference in the name of Solar Asset Management, to help address risks and responsibilities for these and future solar farming.


Flagship megawatt-scale community solar farm achieves final funding to break ground in August

Canberra will soon be home to the biggest community-funded solar farm in Australia, thanks to final investment by CWP Renewables.

Long read: UNSW enabling terawatts of solar power

The influence of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering spreads over the horizon like rays of sunlight through a coal haze. Its researchers are confidently working towards the time when terawatts of solar PV power people’s aspirations from Uttar Pradesh to Perth and Pennsylvania.


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