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Weekend read: Get what you pay for

Clean Energy Associates (CEA) has calculated the price premium that solar developers will swallow in return for the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) savings offered by the latest generation of high-efficiency PV panels.

Solmax unveils reflective membrane to increase power yield in bifacial PV projects

Canada-headquartered Solmax will seek to build its presence in the Australian utility scale solar sector having developed a reflective membrane which it claims can increase the energy yield of a bifacial PV project by between 5% and 20%, depending on the plant configuration.


Australian manufacturer targets ‘world’s best battery’ follow IP portfolio purchase

Australian battery company Gelion Technologies has revealed its ambition to “build the world’s best battery” after acquiring an intellectual property portfolio of more than 450 lithium sulfur and silicon anode patents.

New plug-and-play mobile PV system

The “Solar Box” mobile power plant is a container consisting of solar modules, a battery storage system, and a hydrogen storage system. According to Austria’s Alternative Energy Projects (AEP), the system starts at 94 kW and can be scaled up to more than 5 MW.


South Australian network operator unveils new transmission line

South Australia’s electricity transmission network owner ElectraNet has completed an estimated $300 million (USD 199 million) upgrade to the Eyre Peninsula transmission link, paving the way for more wind, solar and battery storage opportunities to connect to the grid in the region.

The politics of an unsettled energy transition

University of Sydney researchers Sophie Webber and Gareth Bryant highlight the key challenges of land, labour and finance in achieving a renewable energy transition in Australia.

Weekend read: Solar cars, lightyears away?

The integration of solar cells and vehicles looks like a sure bet for the future of cars, buses, and trucks. But for startups that have bet on making solar a feature of their electric vehicles (EVs), times are tough, reports pv magazine’s Tristan Rayner.


Australian scientists discover enzyme that turns air into energy

A team of Australian researchers have discovered a “natural battery” that converts air into energy and has “considerable” potential to support the future development of small, sustainable air-powered devices.


Solar’s growing demand for drone-based aerial inspection and data analysis

United Kingdom-based Above’s founder and CEO Will Hitchcock sits down with pv magazine to discuss the solar industry’s growing demand for drone-based aerial inspection and data analysis, the game changing utility of digital twins, and what the future holds for autonomous drone programs.

Locally built hydrogen tow trucks to be hauling in Victoria from this year

Hydrogen truck maker Hyzon has launched what is being hailed as Australia’s first locally designed and built hydrogen-powered truck at its regional headquarters in Melbourne. The 27-tonne truck is hitting Australian roads in a series of commercial trials this year, including as part of a longterm partnership with RACV, which has ordered three tow trucks.


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