Australia

Australian rooftop solar surged to record highs before lockdown

Research by Green Energy Markets shows that the Australian rooftop PV market remained healthy throughout the first three months of 2020. According to STC data, more than 30,000 rooftop installations were registered in the month, for a total of close to 250 MW of capacity. And then came Covid-19.

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Power Ledger to give French customers their choice of energy

The Australian peer-to-peer energy trading pioneer has revealed the world’s biggest “choose your own energy source” project in France.

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Australian researchers make lithium extraction breakthrough

Researchers led by Monash University have made a discovery that will dramatically reduce lithium-from-brine extraction times. The innovative breakthrough is as simple as a sieve.

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Australian government stimulates PV in the face of Covid-19 threat

The federal government’s ‘economic response to the coronavirus’ legislation encompasses the installation of commercial and industrial solar.

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Capturing the full value of energy storage

The International Renewable Energy Agency has devised a valuation framework to lay the foundations for successful storage deployment. As the technology matures and moves toward a projected fall in price, revenue stacking will be crucial to assess viability and properly value its benefits.

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Forget toilet paper, Australians are panic-buying PV

Byron Bay-based solar retailer Smart Energy says it is seeing an unprecedented surge in sales and enquiries for solar and home energy storage as consumers look to shore themselves up in uncertain times.

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Amazon signs solar deals in Spain and Australia

Chinese PV heavyweight Canadian Solar has announced an offtake deal for its Gunnedah solar project with e-commerce giant Amazon in the Australian state of New South Wales. The e-commerce giant also plans to build a 50 MW solar plant near Zaragoza, in eastern Spain.

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Stanwell’s utility-scale green hydrogen plans get financial shot in the arm

A feasibility study will explore a new option for producing and using renewable hydrogen, with the help of funding provided by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). If the study supports the business case, the project will deliver the largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Australia.

Australian researchers push boundaries on tandem solar cells

Scientists at Australian National University have achieved a 27.7% efficiency rate for mechanically stacked perovskite-silicon tandem cells.

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Australian government redirects funding for Energy Transition Hub

The Australian federal government said last week that it will curtail funding for the five-year Energy Transition Hub research initiative.

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