Australia

Redox flow battery powered by perovskite solar cells

An international team has developed an integrated solar flow battery which has been suggested as ideal for off-grid locations. The device, which combines energy conversion and storage in one unit, can be used for lighting and recharging cell phones.

IBC solar cell with 25% efficiency

Australian researchers have revealed a new cell that builds on an earlier 24.4%-efficient device. The upgrade was achieved with an oxide-nitride-oxide passivation stack which optimized diffusion and contact-area fraction, plus improved texturing with a monoTEX surfactant.

Covid-19 weekly round-up: Q Cells has given a timely boost to EU solar as the clamor grows for a green recovery

Plus, there was plenty of hope in predictions made by Norwegian institute DNV GL but U.S. households are facing hefty energy bills just as data from Delhi showed the link between industrial shutdowns and cleaner skies.

Canberra project REVS up Australia’s vehicle-to-grid readiness

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is putting US$1.66 million into a vehicle-to-grid trial to demonstrate how electric vehicles can provide grid ancillary services. The REVS research and industry consortium hopes to show how EVs can generate revenue for fleet owners.

Chinese-made HJT hitting Australian rooftops

Risen Australia and distributor One Stop Warehouse signed an expanded 150 MW distribution deal last week, marking the Chinese manufacturer’s latest attempt to expand in the rooftop segment. With Risen’s new heterojunction module, the 415-435 W Sieger, now moving into mass production, One Stop Warehouse’s Leo Ye welcomed the “new, fresh” tech.

‘Australia’s last chance’ – BZE publishes renewables jobs report

Every crisis is a crossroads, and Australia is certainly at a crossroads. This week, a host of climate, development and investment leaders are backing Beyond Zero Emissions’ green Million Jobs Plan for Covid-19 economic recovery.

City of Sydney flicks the switch to 100% green power

The city of Sydney is now running entirely on renewable energy generated from wind and solar farms in the Australian state of New South Wales.

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Ikea invests more in solar by the day

The Swedish furniture giant has said it will turn one of its Australian superstores into its first 100% renewables-powered solar+storage retail project. Australia is also home to the company’s first expansion of its retail solar offering, Solstråle.

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Australia approves 720 MW solar farm with massive battery

A massive solar+storage project near Uralla, New South Wales, has locked in a grid-connection agreement with Transgrid.

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Bigger, better and more powerful: large wafers and HJT combine

The PV module technology landscape has an unavoidable feature in 2020: bigger modules with higher power output. But do bigger modules based on standard cell technologies really deliver? pv magazine Australia is partnering with Risen Energy Australia to examine what innovation looks like from the wafer, right through to the cell and a module – to investigate why 210mm wafers and the next-generation of heterojunction can cut through on cost and performance.

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