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Australian National University in world leading solar energy research

the new silicon cells will be cheaper to manufacture and … the technology will drive down the cost of solar electricity …Jenny Goddard chairs the Australian Solar Institute (ASI)  board…She described ANU’s solar energy research team as world leading.

New solar energy partnershipABC News, By Adrienne Francis, 29 April 11, The scarcity of high grade silicon is one of the things which pushes up the price of roof top solar panels……Researchers from The Australian National University in Canberra have found a way to use more abundant lower grade silicon components to generate electricity from sunlight.

Lead researcher Dr Daniel Macdonald says the breakthrough will increase efficiency and reduce consumer energy costs…. The research highlights the benefits of N-type silicon, which is less affected by the impurities that reduce efficiency.

The ANU and one of China’s largest solar energy manufacturing companies, Trina Solar have formed a partnership to commercialise the technology within 3 years.

“We believe that this project will allow us to take some of our best innovations from our laboratory and actually implement them in industry, so that people can put them on their rooftops.”

Dr Macdonald says the new silicon cells will be cheaper to manufacture and he’s confident the technology will drive down the cost of solar electricity by up to 10 per cent……. The Federal Government agency, the Australian Solar Institute (ASI) says the collaboration is a vote of confidence for Australian research.

Jenny Goddard chairs the ASI board.

“Solar is the worlds fastest growing energy market, and global PV (photovoltaic) capacity has been increasing at an annual growth rate of 40% since 2000,” Ms Goddard said.

“Trina provides the platform for the world market to witness Australian innovation, and opens the pathway we hope, for future opportunities.”

She described ANU’s solar energy research team as world leading.

The university has secured close to $18million in ASI grant funding to date. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/28/3202763.htm

April 29, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, solar |

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