This Week in Solar: Solar Efficiency and Innovations

Solar Trust Centre Team
Solar Trust Centre Team
June 22, 2020

1. SA to manage household solar energy going into grid

The State Government will fund a $10 million “voltage management” system to allow South Australian household solar panel systems to be disconnected from the electricity grid to avoid instability and blackouts.

2. Analyst expects ‘unprecedented’ consolidation of Chinese solar industry

The state will move to clamp down on an over-expansion of Chinese solar production capacity, according to the AECEA.

3. Solar cell efficiency improved as Wollongong startup replaces silver with copper in its new venture

Sundrive founders David Hu and Vince Allen have been leading a small team working to replace silver with copper in solar cells.

“There’s a lot of consensus in the scientific community that copper is most likely to be the most suitable alternative [to silver].”

4. Australian researchers claim new record for direct ‘solar-to-hydrogen’ solar cells

Australian researchers have claimed a new world efficiency record for solar panels that can directly split water using sunlight, in an achievement that opens up a new pathway to low-cost renewable hydrogen.

5. To Boost Renewable Energy, Australia Looks to Water and Gravity

Pumped storage hydropower could store intermittent energy from wind and solar power to de-carbonize the nation’s electricity supply

An Australian utility has drawn up plans that would marry the country’s renewable energy power with a decades-old trick of hydro engineering.

6. People need to see the benefits from local renewable energy projects, and that means jobs

Renewable energy projects are often in direct competition with gas for the hearts and minds of communities.

Yet one study found there are many more potential jobs in renewables than in gas in north-west New South Wales.

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